The first Fergusson in
Ayrshire was recorded in 1381.
Their original home, was situated
above the village of Dailly,
dating back to 1400.
They moved to Barclanachan
1686, a former Kennedy household,
now the site of the current
mansion house. This was rebuilt
after 1695 by Sir John Fergusson
of Kilkerran, the first baronet,
and enlarged in 1814 and 1874. It
contains the family portraits of
eight generations and many relics
of former chiefs.
Many Fergusson's had
distinguished military careers,
such as Sir James Fergusson,
injured at Inkerman in 1854,
where his friend
Hunter-Blair was killed. At
Straiton, a monument stands on
top of Craigengower Hill,
commemorating James Hunter Blair
of Blairquhan Castle.
Sir James Fergusson went on to
become under-secretary at the
India Office in 1866, Governor of
South Australia in 1869, and
Governor of New Zealand in 1873.
He was killed in an earthquake in
Jamaica in 1907.
Kilkerran is a private estate
still owned by the Fergusson's.
The only part of the estate open
to the public is the Walled Garden, now
run as a touring caravan