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Ayr, Carrick Port

Gateway (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Ayr, Carrick Port

Classification Gateway (Period Unassigned)

Canmore ID 41796

Site Number NS32SW 28

NGR NS 337 217

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council South Ayrshire
  • Parish Ayr
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Kyle And Carrick
  • Former County Ayrshire

Archaeology Notes

NS32SW 28 337 217.

Carrick Vennel Port blocked the vennel of the same name.

R Gourlay and A Turner 1977

Though Lyon states that Carrick Port stood near the middle of what is now Carrick Street (approx: NS 3374- 2176) Dillon states that "Carrick Port" may have been an alternative name for the "Sandgate Port" (NS32SW 27). However, he adds that there may have been a port blocking the end of Carrick Vennel, part of which is now Carrick street: "The vennel would be the quickest route from market into Carrick, via Alloway. If this was an open route to the burgh, a Carrick Port would exist." Tessin's map of 1654 does not show any barrier in this lane, but the name "Carrick Port" appears well before this date, i.e. in 1545 (A I Dunlop 1953).

D M Lyon 1928; G S Pryde 1937

There is no trace of this port.

Visited by OS (JLD) 27 December 1955


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