Posted at Portencross Castle:
HELP TO RETAIN PORTENCROSS CASTLE IN 'PUBLIC' OWNERSHIP
Portencross formerly Port in Cross and previously known variously
as Portus Cruis, Pencross, Port na Crois and Portcroash, was at one
time a harbour of some importance. The present castle was built during
the reign of Robert II (1370-1390). There appear to be seven extant
charters in existence of his and following reigns all signed at
Portencross castle. The bodies of the Kings of Scotland lay here on
passage to Iona.
The current Castle and the lands of Ardneil were in possession of
the Boyd’s of Kilmarnock who were cousins to Robert II. The castle
continued to be inhabited until 1739 when it was passed into the hands
of the Crauford’s of Auchnames at about this time. William Adams Esq.
purchased the castle earlier this century.
From William Adams the Castle and the surrounding village passed to
the South of Scotland Electricity Board, then to Scottish Nuclear and
on the 1st of April 1997 it was "inherited" by Magnox a wholly
government owned company who have responsibility for decommissioning
Hunterston 'A' power station. The castle has remained as a romantic
ruin and is a "Listed Ancient Monument". Magnox now propose
to sell the castle and the foreshore at Potencross on the open market.
The Potencross Association and their "Friends" wish the castle and
foreshore to remain in 'Public' hands in order that access to the foreshore
can continue and that the castle remains a stabilised romantic ruin.
The association is therefore actively trying to raise an acceptable sum
of money by way of promissory notes in order to achieve these aims.
We are also circulating a petition locally in order to show Magnox that
there is a groundswell of public opinion in favour of the association's aims.
We ask for your support.