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Stair House
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Location Information
Name Stair House
Owner private
NGR NS 44001 23808
Lon. & Lat. 55.483169,-4.470207
Council East Ayrshire
Parish Stair
Nearby Castles Afton Lodge
Year built 18th c.
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Thomas Gordon acquired the property of Stair on the banks of the River Ayr in 1756. Thereafter he was known as Thomas Gordon of Afton and Stair. Tragedy struck the family with the deaths of Daniel in 1762 and Thomas the younger in 1766. On her father's death Catherine Gordon succeeded to estates of Afton and Stair. According to McVie 'the Afton estates comprised the whole valley of the Afton in Nithsdale and the Estate of Dalleagles'. In 1770 Catherine married Colonel Alexander Stewart, grandson of the Earl of Galloway. The rank of Major-General would follow and Catherine Gordon would be known thereafter as Mrs. General Stewart. The Stewarts played a major role in developing the New Cumnock coalfield particularly around Straid, Brockloch, Burnfoot and Littlemark, on their Dalleagles property,

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