Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
East Ayrshire
Planning Authority
East Ayrshire
NS 44007 48326
244007, 648326


Circa 1771, extended 1862. Symmetrical 2-storey and attic, crowstepped, 3-bay house with later single-storey wings to rear (N), forming U-plan courtyard. Fusion of classical and traditional detailing. Painted with raised ashlar margins and quoins. Base course, cill course, eaves course. Nepus gable with single window and gablehead stack. Small attic windows to gables.

FURTHER DESCRIPTION: PRINCIPAL ELEVATION: to S. Central Venetian doorpiece with key-stoned semicircular arch above and 2-leaf timber panelled entrance door with glazed interior doors. Central 3-bay section with flanking 2-bay single-storey wings with false Venetian windows and initials TLD on door lintel to right.

WINGS TO REAR: single-storey, with slatted timber garage doors, window and door openings.

Predominantly 12-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slates. Coped gablehead stacks.

OUTBUILDING: to W. Single-story, double-gabled rubble, slated outbuilding with pigeon holes to each gable.

INTERIOR: (seen 2008). Renovated in 1980, keeping largely original room plan and with some original features retained. Horseshoe staircase with timber balusters and banister. Some original simple plaster cornicing.

Statement of Special Interest

This distinctive, well-detailed, classical house has fine external features and is an excellent example of a late 18th century gentleman's house. The classical symmetrical proportions are typical of Scottish laird's houses in the late 18th century and the addition of the nepus gable adds to the grandeur and interest of the front façade. The deep space above the upper storey windows identifies the attic space, which is lit, in typical fashion, by small gable windows. The addition of the side wings, forming a U-plan to the rear of the property turned the house into a typical Ayrshire farm plan.

The house was built originally for a Lt Col T L Donaldson who had connections with the Royal Artillery and army and whose initials are seen on the door lintel of the RHS wing. It appears on the 1775 Armstrong Map as Whitlaw. The house was then extended for the family in 1862 with the offices wings. In a bad state of repair in the 1980s, it was comprehensively restored.

List description updated as part of Stewarton resurvey, 2009.



Andrew Armstrong, A New Map of Ayrshire, 1775, in NLS. 1st Edition Ordnance Survey Map 1854-9. Michael Davis, The Castles and Mansions of Ayrshire, 1991, p135 & 282. Rob Close, Ayrshire and Arran, An Illustrated Architectural Guide, 1992, p121. Other information courtesy of owner.

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