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- Category: B
- Date Added: 04/05/2006
- Local Authority: Argyll And Bute
- Planning Authority: Argyll And Bute
- Parish: Dunoon And Kilmun
- National Park: Loch Lomond And The Trossachs
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NS 18779 88519
- Coordinates: 218779, 688519
Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority
The walled garden at Glenfinart is a good example of an early 19th century walled garden and an unusual shape, with a bowed E wall and a curved SW corner. It contributes to the remains of the estate of Glenfinart.
Glenfinart House was built c1837 on the site of a residence of the earls of Dunmore. The walled garden probably dates to this period. What survives of the garden is a large wall c3m high of rubble with flat sandstone capstones. There are 2 main entrances, to the W and to the S. The 1st edition OS map shows the main range of buildings on the N wall with greenhouses on the interior. However, none of the greenhouses survives and the brick buildings are ruinous. The shape of the walled garden is unusual ' the SW corner is curved as the river cuts off the corner. The E wall is a long, curved wall. Immediately to the N of the N wall is a water feature, with a roughly formed vault over a stream.
Statement of Special Interest
The New Statistical Account of c1845 refers to the 'extensive and beautiful plantations' of Archibald Douglas at Glenfinart (Vol 7, 586), which suggests that by then quite formal gardens had been established. On the 1st edition map a number of other structures are associated with the walled garden, including what appears to be a fernery or palm house to the W (now demolished).
The estate was purchased by the Leschallas family in 1895-6 and work was carried out to the house and surroundings. The OS map of c1898 shows more extensive greenhouses within the walled garden.
Ordnance Survey 1st edition (c1863) and 2nd edition (c1898); New Statistical Account For Scotland; Davis, M., The Lost Mansions of Argyll, nd, 42. Walker, F A and Sinclair, F, North Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide (1992), 138; Walker, F A, Buildings of Scotland: Argyll and Bute (2000), 113; Buildings of Scotland notes.
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