North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

Ardrossan Castle

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

Construction of Ardrossan Harbour

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

North Ayrshire Heritage Trails

The "Lancing" at Ardrossan Harbour

Ardrossan, Castle and Intrigues

Mungo Campbell, 1712-1770; excise officer and murderer

Mungo Campbell (1712 - 1770) was an excise officer and soldier based in Saltcoats, who was caught by the 10th Earl of Eglinton allegedly poaching on his lands by the shore at Ardrossan after crossing the Montfode burn. The son of the Provost of Ayr, Campbell had served in the Scots Greys during the War of Austrian Succession and under Louden in the loyal Highlanders during the '45. Convicted of murder in Edinburgh in 1770, he hung himself in his cell and was buried at sea - much of the local sympathy was for Campbell.

The 10th Earl of Eglinton (1723 - 1769) planned and built the conservation village of Eaglesham in 1769 around the basic plan of a capital 'A'. The Earl also introduced the young James Boswell to the joys of London society in the early 1760s, and figures prominently in Boswell's London Journal, 1762-63. He was the Grand Master Mason of the Grand Lodge of Scotland from 1750-51. There are suggestions that the Earl was involved in smuggling which led to the conflict with Campbell.

The map below and more information on the Earl of Eglinton can be found on his Wikipedia page.

Mungo Campbell

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