The ruined 15th century castle dates back as far as The 'new' Dalquharran Castle not open to the public dominates the village from high ground above the River Girvan.
It was commissioned in and completed in The round bastion design is reminiscent of nearby Culzean built 10 years or so earlier. The tower contained the drawing room and library with a magnificent spiral staircase. The wings of the house were added in the 's. The large building became unmanageable and passed out of the family in The building is now in vacant and in need of complete restoration. Despite this it still retains its majesty when viewed from across the river or the hills south of the village.
Other notable houses in the area include Bargany not open to the public to the South-West of Dailly. This dates from around and was one of the first unfortified houses in Scotland. The building was constructed using stone from a ruined castle on the banks of the nearby Girvan River.
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It is also noted for the Duke's Bridge, a addition. It was home to the Dalrymple Hamilton family. More recently it was owned by author Axel Aylwen. Schoolmaster Ivie Willet said of the house in Sweet Bargany House doth stand On the richest of the land Beautified with every grace That can ornament a place. The estate has other literary connections, one of the cottages on the Bargany estate was birthplace to two Victorian poets: Reverend Hamilton Paul who was also a biographer of Robert Burns and Hew Ainslie Another famous son of Dailly was John Thomson one of Scotland's greatest landscape painters.
He painted from his studio in Thomson Tower by Duddingston Loch. He had a large family including children from his wife's earlier marriage and it is perhaps this that led to the well known phrase attributed to him "they're all Jock Tamson's bairns". The other notable family home is Kilkerran not open to the public east of Dailly on the Kilkerran estate. This is widely considered to be the home of the Fergusson Clan.
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The Fergusson name most likely comes from 'Fergus' a Prince from Galloway who lived in the 12th Century and whose descendant was the Earl of Carrick. The first Fergusson in Ayrshire was recorded in The lands of Kilkerran or 'Kylkerane' once stretched from the Stinchar to Maybole. Their original home was situated above Dailly and dates back to In they moved to Barclanachan, a former Kennedy household at the site of the current house. Part of the original building was included in the 17th and 18th Century redesign and the house was renamed 'Kilkerran'.
In there were some acres of woodland around the estate. The Fergusson family are notable in their achievements. He was killed in an earthquake in Jamaica in Nearer Old Dailly is Penkill Castle.
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Originally from the 15th century it was renovated in the 19th century. Dante Gabriel Rossetti the Italian poet and painter visited Penkill in He also famously attempted to commit suicide by throwing himself over Tairlaw Lynn. William Bell Scott also stayed at Penkill Castle.
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He painted the King's Quair around the circular staircase. Hugh b Mackrillkill. Margaret b Mackrillkill d Marion b This family is well chronicled elsewhere.
James, tailor in Dailly CF 4. Since there is no record of his birth in Dailly, he appears to have been born elsewhere and migrated to Dailly. We suspect this family to be an example of migration from Barr Parish to the south into Dailly just prior to This family has descendants on the female side, but the McM name has died out.
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William McM of Drumwhirn md Robert b We note that a Robert and John marry in Ayr in the s. D Catherine living with John and Mary in Dailly in Fate of sons unknown.
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James b Craghead near Old Dailly. Robert Bankhead. Janet Sandhead of Killochan.
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