For the former Governor-General of New Zealand, see Bernard Fergusson, Baron Ballantrae
Ballantrae beach and Bay, 2020
|OS grid reference|
|• Edinburgh||92 miles (148 km) NE|
|• London||320 miles (510 km) SE|
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Ballantrae is a community in Carrick, South Ayrshire, Scotland. The name probably comes from the Scottish Gaelic Baile na Tràgha, meaning the "town by the beach". Ballantrae has a primary school. The beach consists of shingle and sand and offers views of Ailsa Craig, the Arran and Kintyre.
In June 1673, while holding a conventicle at Knockdow near Ballantrae, Alexander Peden, was captured by Major William Cockburn, and condemned by the Privy Council to four years and three months' imprisonment on the Bass Rock and a further fifteen months in the Edinburgh Tolbooth. James Mackay, 1st Earl of Inchcape of Strathnaver, was the owner of Glenapp Castle on the eponymous estate, and flowering shrubs spell out the name of his daughter on the opposite side of the glen. This daughter, Elsie Mackay, perished in an attempt to become the first female transatlantic aviator in 1928. She is commemorated by a stained glass window in the chancel of the church at Ballantrae. The Ballantrae Windmill of 1696 on Mill Hill above the raised beach cliffs is one of the oldest industrial buildings in Scotland.
The caves at Bennane Head and Balcreuchan Port are nearby. Both are associated with the legend of Sawney Bean.
The town is the setting for the novel The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson.
Ballantrae has lent its name to a subdivision of the Arenig group, which is the name applied to the lowest stage of the Ordovician System.
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