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Brief description of site

The designed landscape at Auchincruive retains its informal 19th-century structure and is now the setting for an agricultural college. As well as parkland and woodland there are well-maintained ornamental gardens and a terraced walled garden.

Brief history of site

Auchincruive was the home of the Cathcart family from about 1374 until 1760. William Boutcher senior laid out a formal landscape between 1723 and 1750, which included roundel plantings. The estate was linked with neighbouring Sundrum at this time. A more informal layout had been implemented by the mid-19th century. John Loudon described the estate as a 'grand romantic place' in 1833. In 1925 the estate was sold to a local farmer who presented it two years later to the West of Scotland Agricultural College.

Location information:

Address: Scottish Agricultural College, Ayr Campus, Auchincruive Estate, Ayr, KA6 5HW

Locality: Ayr

Local Authorities:

South Ayrshire; Annbank Mossblown St Quivox

Historical County: Ayrshire

OS Landranger Map Sheet Number: 70 Grid Ref: NS388235
Latitude: 55.4787 Longitude: -4.55222

Key information:

Form of site: country estate

Purpose of site: Ornamental

Context or principal building: college

Site first created: 1723 to 1750

Main period of development: Early 18th century

Survival: Extant

Site Size (Hectares): 216

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