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Maybole Castle from the northish

Maybole was the place of confinement for Lady Jean Hamilton, the romantically minded Countess of Kennedy who is reputed to have eloped with Sir John Faa, the King of Gypsies. The Ballad of Johnnie Faa tells how the gypsies came to Lord Cassilis's gate, "and oh they sang bonnie", with the apparent result that her ladyship in a moment of starry-eyed madness, decided to elope with Sir John. Her husband, the 6th Earl (c1606-1668) returning home in the evening from a big day in the office to find her gone, set off in hot pursuit, and on overtaking them, made her watch while he hanged Faa and all his followers after which he confined her ladyship to Maybole Castle for the rest of her life!


I suspect there's a message for the fairer sex there somewhere, I'm just not sure what it is!

Don't marry Kennedys or Earls or something like that I expect!!

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Taken on July 6, 2007