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Ailsa Craig

Ailsa Craig

Ailsa Craig is an island rock at the mouth of the Firth of Clyde. The rock is a favorite material for curling-stones, about three-fourths (according to estimate) of those in use in the countries where the game obtains being made of it. On this account curling-stones are popularly known as " Ailsas" or " Ailsa Craigs." A cave exists towards the northern side of the island, and on the eastern are the remains of a tower, with several vaulted rooms. The lighthouse on the southern side shows a flashing light visible for 13 miles. In 1831 the twelfth earl of Cassillis became first marquis of Ailsa, taking the title from the Craig, which was his property. When John Keats was in Girvan during his Scottish tour in 1818 he apostrophized the rock in a fine sonnet.



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