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Ayre
The Lordship and Barony of Kilmarnock


Note: The original author of this article wanted it taken down as he no longer owns the title.  That being the case I have edited it somewhat so that the historical information in it is retained.

The original owners, the Boyds, one of Scotland’s noble families, and their involvement with the greatest figures of the times – including William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, Mary, Queen of Scots, and King James III.  Dean Castle (Kilmarnock Castle until 1700), was the ancestral home of the Boyd family for almost 400 years.

When the Lordship was sold by the Boyd family – and later inherited by Lord de Walden -  the castle and an area of land were gifted to the Kilmarnock & Loudoun District Council in 1976. The remaining baronial lands were sold to property investment companies, after which in 2002 the Lordship and baronial titles were acquired by the Ayre family, a sept of Clan Boyd. Persons of the lowland regional Ayre surname – variations include de Ayr, de Are, Ayr - are recorded in Scotland since 1281.


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