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- Category: A
- Date Added: 02/04/1971
- Supplementary Information Updated: 24/03/1997
- Local Authority: Argyll And Bute
- Planning Authority: Argyll And Bute
- Burgh: Rothesay
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NS 8579 63723
- Coordinates: 208579, 663723
Late 18th century. Pedimented rectangular-plan single storey mausoleum; single bay at front and rear, 2-bay at sides. Whitewashed harl; weatherbeaten red sandstone dressings. Sandstone base course; raised lintel course beneath corniced eaves; broken architraved pediments to E and W; symmetrically-disposed panelled obelisk pinnacles; ornamental urn-shaped finials.
W (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: boarded timber door at centre; surrounding doorpiece comprising flanking pilasters, rectangular panel centred above, segmental-arched pediment. Armorial panel set in projecting medallion centred in apex; urn-shaped finial above. Advanced clasping corner pilasters to outer left and right; tapering pinnacles above.
N (SIDE) ELEVATION: 2-bay. Advanced pilaster at centre, tapering pinnacle above; advanced clasping corner pilasters to outer left and right; blind bays set between.
E (REAR) ELEVATION: central window comprising Y-tracery, architraved mullions, flanking fluted pilasters, projecting cill, segmental-arched pediment; urn-shaped finial aligned above. Advanced clasping corner pilasters to outer left and right; tapering pinnacles above.
S (SIDE) ELEVATION: 2-bay. Advanced pilaster at centre, tapering pinnacle above; advanced clasping corner pilasters to outer left and right; blind bays set between.
Grey slate roof; raised skews.
INTERIOR: not seen 1996.
Statement of Special Interest
An interesting sructure, severely weatherbeaten. Walker describes the building as "...rudely eclectic", combining "...baroque broken pediments, Gothick tracery and six squat neo-classical obelisk finials." The High Kirk and the ruin of St Mary's Chapel are listed separately.
Rothesay is one of Scotland's premier seaside resorts, developed primarily during the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries, and incorporates an earlier medieval settlement. The town retains a wide range of buildings characteristic of its development as a high status 19th century holiday resort, including a range of fine villas, a Victorian pier and promenade.
The history and development of Rothesay is defined by two major phases. The development of the medieval town, centred on Rothesay Castle, and the later 19th and early 20th century development of the town as a seaside resort. Buildings from this later development, reflect the wealth of the town during its heyday as a tourist destination, and include a range of domestic and commercial architecture of a scale sometimes found in larger burghs. Both the 19th and early 20th century growth of the town, with a particular flourish during the inter-war period, included areas of reclaimed foreshore, particularly along the coast to the east of the town and around the pier and pleasure gardens.
(List description revised as part of Rothesay listing review 2010-11).
Appears on Ordnance Survey map, 1863; F Walker & F Sinclair NORTH CLYDE ESTUARY: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1992) p149.
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