An article over at CountryLife.co.uk notes the offering for sale of one of Scotland’s greatest country houses, Blair Castle in Ayrshire (not to be confused with Blair Castle in Perthshire). The house is “Scotland's oldest continually inhabited mansion house lived in by the same family” and “the bulk of its historic contents are also being offered by separate negotiation.” So, here’s your chance to buy some history, and some heraldry: “The splendid plaster ceiling was added in the mid-1800s using the heraldic motifs of the Hamilton and Blair crest,” not to mention the architectural heraldic commemoration of when “Roger [de Blair] married Marie Muir, the sister of [King] David II, and their joint coat of arms can be seen above the door of the old tower, which dates from 1105.”
The complete article about the history and placement for sale of this estate can be found at: http://www.countrylife.co.uk/property_news/article/526197/For-sale-One-of-Scotland-s-greatest-country-houses.html
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