Tag: Ardneil

Myth: Goldenberry Hill and the Battle of Largs

One of the most persistent 20th Century myths was that the Battle of Largs in 1263 stretched as far as Portencross to Goldenberry Hill. The Friends of Portencross Castle website says: Around 1360, Portencross Castle replaced it on the site where we see it in the village today. It was on part of the estate

Derivation of Place Names: Farland Head

Recently we have been exploring our Nordic past (see this post) as expressed in the place names of the Portencross area. We know that, prior to his mysterious death and beheading at the Battle of Renfrew (1164), we were part of the territory of Somerled mac Gillebride, the Norse-Gaelic King of Mann and Lord of

How Old is the Main Street?

We have  discovered that our Kilbride became a distinguishable separate parish when we were separated from our mother Parish church to the North of Lamlash in 1567. We have also discovered that the name Kilbride first came into use for our church lands in 1337 when these lands, along with a large chunk of Arran