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Coilsfield

Burns's 'Castle o' Montgomerie' was in his day, the home of Colonel Hugh Montgomerie, later Earl of Eglinton. The estate was almost six miles from Ayr, on the Ayr to Mauchline Road, and on the right bank of the Faile Burn. Mary Campbell is supposed to have worked at Coilsfield as a dairy maid. The name is said to derive from the belief that Coilus, or Coel Hen, King of the Picts, was buried nearby, Burns wrote:
"Ye banks and braes and streams around
The castle o' Montgomerie,
Green be your woods and fair your flours,
Your waters never dumlie!
There simmer first unfauld her robes,
And there the longest tarry;
For there I took the last farewell
O' my sweet Highland Mary."
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