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Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 10/01/1980


  • Local Authority: South Ayrshire
  • Planning Authority: South Ayrshire
  • Burgh: Ayr

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NS 33612 22034
  • Coordinates: 233612, 622034


Circa 1600, with later alterations. 2- and 3-storey with attics, 2-bay, near rectangular-plan town house on corner site. Painted render. Square-headed openings.

SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: recessed central shop entrance; 2-leaf glazed timber door; flanking shop windows. Regular fenestration to upper floors; attic windows break eaves to form architraved dormers 'S 19 H' inscribed in left dormer, 'B 91 T' to right dormer.

NE (CATHCART STREET) ELEVATION: 10-bay, grouped 2-3-5. 2 openings at all floors of 3-storey and attic, 2-bay section to left (infilled, except at ground to right, and at attic to left). Entrance to outer right of 3-bay section (2-storey and attic); timber door; single window at ground to left; single windows to all floors of bay to outer left. 2 timber doors to 3rd and 4th bays at ground to 5-bay section to right; single window at ground to penultimate bay to left (small infilled openings to right and left of entrances); regular fenestration to bays at 1st floor (alternately infilled); 2 windows at attic break eaves to form dormers.

8-, 12- and 24-pane timber sash and case windows (many openings infilled). Grey slate roof; crowstepped gables; corniced gablehead stacks; circular cans.

INTERIOR: elaborate aumbry to 1st floor flat with shield motif within arch over.

Statement of Special Interest

Upgraded from Category B to A, 28.7.94. Known as Lady Cathcar''s house. Restoration by Simpson and Brown, began in 1991. Built as a town mansion or mercantile premises, with hall and chambers above (Sandgate section) and a detached hall and chamber block (Cathcart Street section) and subsequently joined, major alterations occurred in the earlier 19th century to form premises for the Ayr branch of the City of Glasgow bank. Rob Close writes (p9), "There is a persistent, but unproven, belief that John Loudon McAdam, 1756-1836, pioneer road engineer, was born in this house."



John Wood's Plan of Ayr, 1818 (evident); Simpson and Brown Architects LADY CATHCART'S HOUSE, SANDGATE, AYR (1988); Rob Close AYRSHIRE AND ARRAN (1992), p9; Dane Love PICTORIAL HISTORY OF AYR (1995), p21; NMRS Photographic Archive (AY/1631).

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Listed Buildings

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