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Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 14/04/1971


  • Local Authority: North Ayrshire
  • Planning Authority: North Ayrshire
  • Parish: Largs

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NS 21710 56704
  • Coordinates: 221710, 656704


Mansion comprising 3 main elements, a) Z-plan tower house;

b) 2/3-storey range with long symmetrical north front built

to north west of tower and completed circa 1722; c) north

east wing 1879-80. Harled with ashlar dressings; crow-stepped

gables; small-paned sash windows. TOWER HOUSE: dated 1581 on

south wall above cusped (former door) lintel, but earlier

fabric perhaps incorporated at east; 4 storeys; corbelled

square oriel to west, wallhead dormers; massive wall-head

stack to north; conical-roofed angle turrets and bartizans

with bronze finials or pennons; low east wing.

LONG RANGE: built in 2 phases, west half built by 1692,

remainder contracted for by Thomas Caldwell of Beltrees,

mason, 1692, with dates 1700 and 1720 on leadwork. Linked

obliquely to tower. 10 bays, central 2 bays on north and on

south elevations are taller, boldly advanced and gabled;

pedimented central doorpiece to north, and decorative

leadwork comprising rainwater pipes and straps, dated panels

and eagle crest; gables over outer bays.

1879-80 RANGE: (dining room, billiards room and service

area) 2 storeys and attic; asymmetrical; sympathetic in

style, with corbelled square oriel at west. Wall-head, end

and axial stacks; slate roofs throughout.

Interior: some fine late 17th-early 18th century wooden

panelling with giant Corinthian pilasters, raised and fielded

panels; chimney piece in 1st floor of tower has barley-sugar

pilasters; drawing room (above entrance hall in long

range) has fine entablature and 2 chimney pieces, one with

elaborately carved frieze and flanking 3/4 engaged

barley-sugar columns; room to west of drawing room also


Long quadrangular courtyard to north, high

rubble-built walls, 2 tall rusticated ashlar gatepiers

with ball finials flank driveway; steps at south west (beside

house) to garden below.

Statement of Special Interest

Home of Lord Glasgow's family (formerly Boyles of

Kelburn) since 12th century.



Information from Lord Glasgow. MacGibbon & Ross CASTELLATED

AND DOMESTIC ARCHITECTURE vol IV, 1892 (1977 reprint)

pp.24-31 (directions confused) (incl. building contract with

Thomas Caldwell) S.R.O. NRA(S)94

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Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

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