Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
NR 82906 98106
182906, 698106


James G Davis, dated 1840. Singel storey and attic, near-symmetrical gabled school. Snecked rubble with cherry caulking, ashlar dressings. Margins to windows; hoodmoulds; quoin strips; overhanging bracketted eaves.

ENTRANCE ELEVATION: broad 5-bay boarded timber porch to centre with doorway to centre with 2 windows to right and left, half-piend slate roof. Gabled, ashlar dormer breaking eaves to centre above, cast-iron rooflight to right. Taller, single, gabled bays flanking porch; window at ground and attic to right, canted window with ashlar mullinos to left at ground, inscribed plaque (for inscription see notes) above attic window. Window at ground to recessed bay to uter left. Doorway and 2 windows to outer right, with flat-roofed dormer above windows to outer right.

SIDE-ELEVATION: both elevations with 4-light mullioned and transomed window at ground with loop below apex.

REAR ELEVATION: asymmetrical with gabled bays, modern flat-roofed extension abutting. Fixed small-pane timber framed windows with top hoppers, some windows with timber casements. Grey slate roof. Mostly rendered, coped stacks, tall corniced, sandstone stack to rear with off-set base.

BOUNDARY WALL: rubble wall, semi-circular coped.

Statement of Special Interest

Kilmartin School, originally Poltalloch School, was built by the

Malcolm family as a Girls School of industry. The plaque on the entrance elevation records that "This school was erected by Neil Malcolm of Poltalloch Esq, AD 1840. In compliance with the wishes and intentions of his beloved and lamented wife Hariet Mary Clarke Fernoise who died 1837".

In 1875 the School Baord of Kilmartin

acquired Polloch school and it became Kilmartin Public School.



Information courtesy of Murdo MacDonald, archivist with Argyll and Bute District Council.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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