Re: Ardencaple history
From article composed by Dr. Thompson that was originally on a McWhirter history board.
Complaint made by the Duke of Lennox and Aula McAula of Ardincaple dated 1598 concerning a raid that was carried out by John McNaughton of Dundievaw, Duncan Campbell, Captain of Carrick, Neil Campbell of Drumsynnie and others.
The raiding party arrived at night at Ardincaple where they hid in the woods waiting for Aula to come out of his manor so that they might kill him.While awaiting him to come out John McIntailiour, Alexander and Patrick McAula, and another Patrick McAula, servant to the Duke, appeared on the road and were taken prisoner and treated very harshly.The group of raiders remained until they began to fear being discovered.They released the prisoners they had taken and sacked the houses of John Dhu McAula at Garelochhead and Patrick McAula of Aldonit.The raiders then went to the Duke of Lennox's lands at Strone and Achingaith and stole 32 horses and 24 cows from his tenants.The accused did not appear in court and were denounced as rebels.
In 1621 a complaint was made by Walter McAulay of Ardincaple, baillie for the Duke, that various people, maily Campbells and a Finlay McWoretich of Ruchnie, had cut down and destroyed many trees belonging to Lennox.They did not appear to give cause and were denounced rebels.