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The Duke of Portland

The Duke of Portland

The honour of having the first railway in Scotland belongs to Ayrshire. It was constructed between Kilmarnock and Troon by William Cavendish-Bentinck, Marquis of Titchfield, between 1808 and 1812. He inherited the Kilmarnock estate in 1795 when he married Henrietta Scott, the daughter of General John Scott of Balgonie. In a quirk of fate, Henrietta's mother, Lady Mary Hay, was the eldest daughter of the Earl of Errol and granddaughter of William Boyd the 4th Earl of Kilmarnock, who had been executed for the part he played in the Jacobite uprising of 1745. Therefore the estate had been returned to a representative of its ancient owners when she married General Scott.

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