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OS1/3/5/17

List of names as written Various modes of spelling Authorities for spelling Situation Description remarks
FORT WALL Nil Hugh Miller
Alexander Fullarton
J. J. McDerment
033 [Situation] Surrounds the Fort.
This Wall is in an excellent state of preservation and quite entire except on part of the east Side - where, however the site can be distinctly traced. -
SALLYPORT [Ayr Fort] Nil Hugh Miller
Alexander Fullarton
J. J. McDerment
033 [Situation] North West of Fort.
A subterranean passage for troops, used in making sallies against an attacking enemy it is in an entire state, but the Communication is stopped by earth --
POWDER MAGAZINE [Ayr Fort] Nil Hugh Miller
Alexander Fullarton
J. J. McDerment
033 [Situation] North West of Fort
A subterranean Magazine for Powder, still in a Good state of preservation -
MOAT [Ayr Fort] Nil Hugh Miller
Alexander Fullarton
J. J. McDerment
033 [Situation] East side of Fort.
This Outwork of defence to the Fort can still be distinctly traced it was capable of being filled with water from the River - to which its South side is Contiguous -
Site of AYR CASTLE Nil Hugh Miller
Alexander Fullarton
J. J. McDerment
033 [Situation] North East of Fort.
"In the year 1177 William the Lion built 2 Castles at once upon the extremities of his Kingdom one at Newcastle to restrain the incursions of the English and the other at Ayr to awe the wild men of Galloway - The castle at Ayr was situate within the present ramparts of the Fort with a northern exposure at the North east extremity of the Fortification The Castle stood on an eminence of Considerable height & Commanded an extensive view of the surrounding Country Traces of this Castle are still to be seen upon the mound not far from the tower of St Johns Ch [Church] buried in the eastern bastion of Cromwells Fort"
McCarters Directory for Ayr 1832
MOAT WALL [Ayr Fort] Nil Hugh Miller
Alexander Fullarton
J. J. McDerment
033 [Situation] West side of the New Church & Academy.
The Outside wall of the above mentioned moat its foundations still exist, but a modern Wall has been built on them - part of this wall about 3 chains south of New Church is entirely defaced
CUSTOM HOUSE [Ayr] Nil Hugh Miller
Alexander Fullarton
J. J. McDerment
033 [Situation] North east of and adjoining the Infantry Bks [Barracks]
A small house which is rented and used as a Custom House it is well situated for its peculiar business -

Continued entries/extra info

[Page] 17
Sheet 7 Ayr

"King William built the castle of Ayr in 1197
"probably as a barrier against the men of Galloway"
Hailes' Annals.
Foot note in P [Page] 159 Patersons Hist. [History] of Ayr

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