TURNBERRY CASTLE is probably the oldest building in Carrick, and dates back as far as the twelfth century. It was the seat of the ancient Earls of Carrick, one of whom founded the Abbey of Crossraguel, and another of whom became King of Scotland. It was the home of his mother. The fact, too, that Bruce made the seizure of Turnberry the first step in that grand series of efforts which ended with Bannockburn, points to his early connection with it. Bruce was born 21st March, 1274.