Listed Building

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Date Added
Local Authority
West Dunbartonshire
Planning Authority
West Dunbartonshire
NS 38356 77071
238356, 677071


1866-69. 2-storey, 5-bay, broad U-plan castellated Tudor gothic mansion. Battered base course with gunloop details; hoodmoulds; crenellated parapet on billetted corbelling; chamfered reveals; curved corners; corbelled bartizans; rope moulding.

SE (main) elevation: 5 bays symmetrically disposed; 3-bay entrance block slightly advanced, curved corners and bartizans defining. Steps to porch at centre; octagonal piers with crenellated caps, colonnette moulding; moulded round-arched door, monogram of James Aitken on keystones; roundels in spandrel, armorial plaque; narrow round-headed windows on returns. Heavily carved shaped parapet; plaque with ?JA? monogram; inner segmental-headed doorway with figurative keystone, likely James Aitken. Flanking tall bipartite at ground; 3 bipartites symmetrically disposed at 1st floor; ashlar guttae detailing.

Tower: square-plan tower rising behind, chamfered corners; machicolated crenellated parapet, decorative rainwater spout details; octagonal turret at rear corner; arrowloops; decorative corbelled cap. Canted bay windows at ground outer bays; crenellated blocking course; bipartite above; canted crenellated turret; arrowslits.

NE elevation: 5 bays; 2-bay block advanced to outer left; parapet terminated by octagonal turrets, turreted off-set stack at centre of parapet. 3-bay block to outer right slightly recessed, parapet terminated by squat turret.

SW elevation: 5 bays. 3-bay block to outer right; windows symmetrically disposed; off-set piers breaking parapet, framing plaque at centre. 2-bay block recessed to outer left.

NW (rear) elevation: U-plan with 2-bay symmetrical outer wings, screen wall with shaped, battlemented wallhead; stair windows behind. Symmetrical wings, blind window at ground right of left wing; jettied wallhead stack at centre. 3 round-arched traceried stair windows recessed at centre. Screen wall with shaped parapet wallhead, broad 3-centre arched door to outer left, monogrammed plaque; window to right.

Plate glass timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roof, lead flashings. Broad, corniced wallhead stacks.

Interior: sumptuous decorative schemes - tripartite etched glass vestibule door; stair hall and corridor, scagliola Corinthian columns; coffered ceiling, modillioned cornice; heavy decorative cornice, paired brackets. Wooden Imperial stair; 3 round-arched stained glass stair windows depicting Celtic mythological scene, ?JA? monogram, unsigned; niches to right and left of stair landing. Ornate marble chimneypieces in upper bedrooms. Room to W off hall; coffered, heavy decorative plasterwork; Corinthian columns with ?JA? monogram; geometric ceiling. East front room, plasterwork ceiling, egg and dart moulding, beading, dentil cornice.

Statement of Special Interest

The house was built for the James Aitken, whose monogram is found throughout the house. The stables, lodge, walled garden and W gatepiers are listed separately. Late example of a style first introduced to Scotland in 1814 by William Watkins at Dalmeny, followed soon after by Archibald Elliot at Newbyth, 1817.



F A Walker and F Sinclair North Clyde Estuary (1992), p38.

About Listed Buildings

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We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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