Maam House is a major example of a classically proportioned Georgian house with advanced central bay, bracketed eaves and flat-deck piended roof occupying a fine rural setting adjacent to the Inveraray Great Farm steading (see separate listing) at Maam in Glen Shira.
The house was built for General Charles Turner who was Govenor of Sierra Leone until his death in 1826. The layout of rooms is distinctive with the main hall and principal rooms at first floor level with views to the steading and farmland beyond. The ground floor rooms were remodelled during the 1970s at which time the south facing windows were enlarged. The earlier openings were considerably smaller suggesting that the ground floor rooms originally served different purposes, possibly connected to farm use. The small detached rubble-built outbuilding to the N corner is contemporary with the building of the house. Evidence from the 1st Edition Ordnance Survey map (1862) suggests it was formerly linked to the house, possibly by way of a passage or further outbuilding.
The remarkable half-circle Gothick Steading at Maam (see separate listing) was designed by master mason to the Crown of Scotland, Robert Mylne. It was a centrepiece of the 5th Duke of Argyll's programme of late 18th century agricultural improvements in Inveraray. Standing 80m to the S of Maam House, the two buildings group together contextually, adding to the interest.
Listed in 1980 as "Maam Farmhouse". Change of statutory address and list description revised, 2012.
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