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Michael Moss, The Magnificent Castle of Culzean and the Kennedy Family

Michael Moss, The Magnificent Castle of Culzean and the Kennedy Family Reviews Michael Moss, The Magnificent Castle of Culzean and the Kennedy Family, Edinburgh University Press, ,     . Hardback £, paperback £.. This book traces the story of the Kennedy family in detail and sifts through the extensive archive held by the Cassillis Estate and that already deposited in national collections. The author has diligently pieced together the eventful history of this Ayrshire family and, somewhat like recent biographies of our Royal family, the Kennedy family do not come across as perhaps always the nicest people. They seem to have been incapable of living within their means for generations. Indeed, the fabulously wealthy Alladyce heiress was one of the family’s many saviours, as well as being an early example of transatlantic money refinancing an ailing Scottish estate. The story of the importance of American money to the British estate has yet to be fully examined. The Kennedy’s lack of attention to financial matters combined with an evident passion for hunting, gambling, fishing and sailing, make a fascinating read. The intricate descriptions of the various estate improvements are equally fascinating. The improvements to the gardens and grounds, none of which were made with economy in mind, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Architectural Heritage Edinburgh University Press

Michael Moss, The Magnificent Castle of Culzean and the Kennedy Family

Architectural Heritage , Volume 14 (1): 144 – Nov 1, 2003

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Edinburgh University Press
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1350-7524
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10.3366/arch.2003.14.1.144
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Reviews Michael Moss, The Magnificent Castle of Culzean and the Kennedy Family, Edinburgh University Press, ,     . Hardback £, paperback £.. This book traces the story of the Kennedy family in detail and sifts through the extensive archive held by the Cassillis Estate and that already deposited in national collections. The author has diligently pieced together the eventful history of this Ayrshire family and, somewhat like recent biographies of our Royal family, the Kennedy family do not come across as perhaps always the nicest people. They seem to have been incapable of living within their means for generations. Indeed, the fabulously wealthy Alladyce heiress was one of the family’s many saviours, as well as being an early example of transatlantic money refinancing an ailing Scottish estate. The story of the importance of American money to the British estate has yet to be fully examined. The Kennedy’s lack of attention to financial matters combined with an evident passion for hunting, gambling, fishing and sailing, make a fascinating read. The intricate descriptions of the various estate improvements are equally fascinating. The improvements to the gardens and grounds, none of which were made with economy in mind,

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Architectural HeritageEdinburgh University Press

Published: Nov 1, 2003

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