Battle of Largs


In the Mid-thirteenth century King Alexander III of Scotland urged his liegemen to build in stone against possible incursion by Norsemen.  It was probably around that time that Pele Tower of Hunterston was constructed.  From this stronghold, the family in alliegance with other powerful neighbours, faced down the aggression of King Haakon of Norway and drove him to defeat at the Battle of Largs in 1263.  It was a haven for them throughout the Wars of Independance from which the Hunters emerged with land’s intact despite having signed the Ragman Rolls where swearing allegiance to Edward I in 1269.

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