Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
North Ayrshire
Planning Authority
North Ayrshire
NS 1180 35786
201180, 635786


Mid 19th century. Single storey and attic, irregular-plan, gabled villa. Bull-faced, snecked red rubble sandstone, ashlar dressings. Slate roof. Base course, eaves course; single and bipartite windows with stop-chamfered ashlar jambs, 2- and 4-pane timber sash and case windows, dormerheaded windows with decorative bargeboards and finials; ashlar-coped skews with bracketted skewputts; tall, corniced linked stacks.

N ELEVATION: door to centre with lean-to bargeboard porch, bipartite window to right, 2 dormerheaded windows above (flat roof to left), gable advanced to left with canted window to ground, bipartite above and decorative panel to roofspace.

E ELEVATION: ground floor masked by large glazed addition, gable advanced to centre with window at 1st floor, gable to left with bipartite at 1st floor.

W ELEVATION: blank gable to left, bay to right with window at ground floor and dormerheaded window above, single storey bay to far right altered and raised to 2 storeys.

INTERIOR: dog-leg stair with simple timber balusters.

STABLE OFFICES: plain single and 2 storey building of red rubble sandstone construction and slate roof, converted for domestic use. GATEPIERS: 2 pyramidal octagonal gatepiers, painted bull-faced ashlar.

Statement of Special Interest

Ormidale was built for a Mr and Mrs Hering (formerly Baron von

Heringen) by the 11th Duke of Hamilton; the Herings' adopted a child, successively known as Marion Hamilton, Jeanie Hering and Mrs Adams-Acton, who was allegedly the illegitimate daughter of the 11th Duke and a local girl named Elizabeth Hamilton. Jeanie married the portrait sculptor John Adams-Acton, and through their influence, artistic figures such as Sir Noel Paton, Robert Browning and Charles Dodgson (Lewis Carroll) visited Arran. The pattern for fashionable middle class visitors continued and the development of tourism on the island can in part, be credited to the Adams-Actons. Ormidale is thus invested with a degree of historical importance.



Robert McLellan, THE ISLE OF ARRAN (1970), p181-5.

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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