Culzean Castle on the Ayrshire coast is the most visited property of the
National Trust for Scotland. Built in the late sixteenth century above a
network of caves, the castle became a centre for smuggling during the
eighteenth century. Sir Thomas Kennedy, 9th Earl of Cassillis, went
on an extended grand tour in the 1750s and returned full
of ideas as to how to improve his vast estates and home.
His brother and heir commissioned Robert Adam to create
his masterpiece and became bankrupt as a result. The
estate was rescued when wealthy American cousins
inherited it in 1792. from
Castle' of Culzean and the Kennedy Family
by Michael Moss.
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