sw - I found out only recently that the castle in the centre of Stranraer is an Adair castle. This is what it says in a current publication on Scottish castles 'Stranraer Castle was built by Ninian Adair of Kinhilt, the leader of a rising Wigtownshire family of gentry that had established many cultural and mercantile links to nearby Ireland. Ninian's wife Katherine Agnew, was daughter of Sir Patrick Agnew, the Hereditary Sheriff of Galloway. Ninian built a particularly solid three storey tower in greystone but a fourth highly decorated floor was added at a much later date.The Adair's new castle at Stranraer was probably designed to further extend the laws and authority of the Scottish Crown over an area that had justly earneda reputation for difficulty and lawlessness. Doubtless the Adairs were charged with controlling not only the local domiciled population but also the transient folk from Ireland who playedbig part in the socitey and economy of the region. As the castle became the focus of administrative life in the later 1500's, Stranraer grew into a sizeable burgh, for exceeding in size itslocal rival of Portpatrick. In the 1590's the castle passed from the Adair family to the Chappel branch of the Kennedys, another significant family in the history of south west Scotland'.