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On the main land, close to the castle, a second collec- " '3i:i$:::;:
tion of similar buildings are seen, erected at a later
period, by one of the Antrim family, in consequence of a it’): - ;'5‘3i5WmE
melancholy occurrence amongst the domestics in the E7:
rcastle. A small apartment on the verge of the rock gave 2’ g
way,‘ and fell into the ocean, which so alarmed the female
part of the family, that additional apartments were erected l
for their accommodation upon the main land. This is
said to have happened during the occupancy of Catherine
lllanners, widow of George Villiers, the great Duke of
Blxckingliani, who married Randal, the first Marquis of
Beneath the rock on which the castle stands, is a 5
cave, penetrating completely through, from the sea 1
to the rocky basin on the land-side of the castle ; it may
be entered by a small‘aperture in the south end, and
low water there is a good deal of the flooring un-
covered, which consists of large rounded stones ,' this
form is the consequence of the action of the waves. The
sides and roof are of basalt, possessing merely the usual
characters: here also is a very "remarkable echo, when
the surface of the water is unrufiled.
Though all accurate knowledge of the date of erection,
and name of the founder of Dunluce Castle are completely
lost, yet the history of its proprietors for the few last cen-
turies is extremely "interesting, and affords a very cha-
racteristic account of the state . of society in the feudal
periods of the 15th and 16th centuries. It has been con-
jectured, tl1atDe Courcy,Earl of Ulster, originally founded
this castle ; but the architecture is not of so very ancient a
date. In the fifteenth century it was held by the English; at
which period it appears to have fallen into the hands of
a noble English family, called by Camden, M‘Willics,
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