#98 Auchans Castle
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Castle was one of the most pleasant castle surprises of
our Scotland vacation in 2000. We were chatting with the
gentleman at the desk in the tiny shop at the massive
ruin of Dundonald Castle. He mentioned there was a nice
castle ruin called Auchans just 1/2 mile down the A759.
"Hawkins?" I inquired, assuming he was
droppings an H. "No" he corrected. "Auchans".
Martin Coventry's 3rd edition of The Castles of
Scotland describes the castle as being located
"on minor road". The castle is actually on a
minimal road or more likely a long narrow overgrown
driveway you'd never notice without directions. Auchans
is a 15th century L-plan tower with a square stair tower
at the re-entrant angle. The castle has seen several
additions, but is now floorless and fairly ruinous.
was a property of the Wallace family, but the properties
were sold by the Wallaces to the Cochranes of Coldoun.
Though Sir William Cochrane suffered during most of the
Civil War for supporting the Royalists, he was rewarded
by being made Earl of Dundonald in 1669. He altered and
enlarged the castle using stone from Dundonald Castle
which he partially demolished. The property passed to the
Montgomery Earls of Eglinton, and was the home of Susanna
Kennedy of Culzean, the widow of the 9th Earl. This
renowned beauty died in 1780 at age 91, though tradition
says she trained rats in her old age to dine with her.
The castle was divided into workers flats and eventually
fell into complete disrepair.
of the Lego Model
Built September, 2004
I was commissioned in the Spring of 2004 to create a Christmas-theme castle
for the Guild of the Millikin-Decatur Symphony Orchestra's "Symphony of Trees",
an annual gala featuring many decorated trees and wreaths, some of which are
auctioned to raise money to support the orchestra. Auchans was the first castle I
modelled for that project. It featured a winter day with snow on the ground and trees, children
building a snowman and the arrival of Father Christmas in his traditional green robes.
When the date became 1675, a red robed Saint Nicholas was eventually substituted.
The Guild members in charge of the Festival were delighted with the castle. I then
modelled Castle Campbell, also in Scotland [which see]. My plan was for them to pick their
favorite. When the Guild came to see the castles on November 16, they decided they
really wanted both - naturally I was thrilled. For the Symphony of Trees newspaper
articles, please see the Castle Campbell page.
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