Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NM 66229 59211
166229, 759211


Circa 1800. 2-storey with attic, 3-bay, rectangular-plan, symmetrical, substantial former tacksman's house. Harled, squared sandstone rubble. Gabled porch to centre, roof dormers.

NE (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: advanced gabled porch to centre, regular fenestration, 4 small gabled roof dormers.

SW (REAR) ELEVATION: single window to centre; small lean-to, timber-framed conservatory to right.

SE (SIDE) ELEVATION: single storey, 2-bay gabled wing to centre, regular fenestration and roof dormers to front, NE, return, swept roof outshot to rear, SW, return. Single storey with attic, 3-bay, rectangular-plan gabled addition abutting to centre of SE gable end; door to centre, flanking windows, slated swept dormer.

4-pane sash and case windows to principal elevation. Grey slates, large Velux rooflights to rear. String course to gable stacks, tall clay cans.

INTERIOR: central cross passage with stairs to rear, single flanking rooms, renovated late 1970s.

Statement of Special Interest

The Duke of Argyll's Morvern estates were sold off at the Argyll sales 1819-25 to enterprising sheep ranchers such as the infamous Patrick Sellars of Sutherland who purchased the Ardtornish estate. The fall in wool prices in the mid to late nineteenth century saw the arrival of the new sporting estates and the construction of a new type of comfortable

gentleman's retreat. What is remarkable is that despite these massive changes in landownership, from an Argyll empire through to a patchwork of relatively small shooting estates, is that a number of the fifth Duke of Argyll's tacksmens houses still remain today. Glencripesdale is one of the oldest farms in Morvern dating back to the Maclean period in 1674 (Glencribastil) featuring on Wade's 1733 map of Loch Sunart and the Argyll estate map of 1819. The farm was bought at the Argyll sales in 1820 by the Stewarts of Auch. The house itself dates from the late eighteenth or early nineteenth century and is the largest of the surviving Argyll tacksmens' houses in Morvern



R J Naismith, BUILDINGS OF THE SCOTTISH COUNTRYSIDE, (Victor Gollancz, London), 1985, p 28. THE RUDIMENTS OF ARCHITECTURE, (Black and Harris, Whittinghame), reprinted 1992. P Gaskell, MORVERN TRANSFORMED, (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge), 1968. M Bangor-Jones, LANDHOLDING, SETTLEMENT AND VERNACULAR HERITAGE IN WEST ARDNAMURCHAN, Vernacular Building, SVBWG, (MDPrint & Design, Edinburgh), 1995. T Telford, ATLAS TO THE LIFE OF THOMAS TELFORD, (Payne and Foss, London), 1838. Plan of farms in Morvern; Property of the Duke of Argyll, 1819, SRO/RHP3260. Map of Loch Sunart surveyed for General Wade, 1733, SRO/RHP/41892. Plan of the Drimnin Estate for Charles Gordon, SRO/RHP/3258. E Cregeen, THE CHANGING ROLE OF THE HOUSE OF

ARGYLL IN THE SCOTTISH HIGHLANDS, Scotland in the Age of Improvement, (ed) Phillipson, N T and Mitchison, R, (Edinburgh University Press, Edinburgh), 1970, p 21. Additional information courtesy of Iain Thornber.

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