Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
NS 32971 79775
232971, 679775


Circa 1815. 3-storey over raised basement, 3-bay, rectangular-plan Classical house. Stucco. Broad pilaster quoin; blocking course; eaves band; string course; raised cills.

SW (MAIN) ELEVATION: 3-bay symmetrical block; centre pedimented block slightly advanced; columned porch, paired columns; partially enclosed by cast-iron railings at sides. Later 19th century insertion of bowed etched glass entrance screen. Tripartite windows at centre 1st and 2nd floor. Flanking symmetrical bays; windows at ground in arched recesses. Basement slightly advanced; stugged stone, now painted; segmental-arched windows, barred.

NW ELEVATION: symmetrical 2-bay main block to outer right with lower 2-bay block to left. Later canted window to outer left bridging basement, battered support; gabled dormer at centre.

SE ELEVATION: symmetrical 2-bay block to outer left, lower 2-bay block to right, canted window bridging basement on ashlar support.

NE (REAR) ELEVATION: 3-bay, near-symmetrical block advanced at centre; round-headed stair window at centre 1st floor, flanked by 12-pane sash and case windows; attic window below eaves to left, window to outer left and right. Recessed outer bays, gabled dormer breaking eaves.

12-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate piend roof with lead flashings; rear block piend and platform roof. Broad corniced ridge stacks.

INTERIOR: not seen 1995

WALLED GARDENS: Early 19th century with some earlier 20th century additions. D-plan to SE of house. Main entrance in NW wall; droved margin, 1816 datestone. Wall higher to NW, large lean-to greenhouse against S-facing wall. Early 19th century sundial. Some earlier 20th century alterations to garden.

VEGETABLE GARDEN: earlier 19th century walled garden to N behind main garden with earlier 20th century alterations. Rubble wall with slab coping, buttresses against rear wall. Earlier 20th century rubble gateway, stepped wallhead, voussoirs exposed; inscribed "pax int antiuos"; cast-iron gate. Some ruinous greenhouses; lean-to and free-standing. Earlier 20th century pedestrian gate treated similar to main gate.

GATES, GATEPIERS AND QUADRANT WALLS: ashlar panelled gatepiers, corniced, block caps; flanking pedestrian gates. Low quadrant walls with slab coping; terminal piers.

Statement of Special Interest

The house was built for Alexander Dunlop in 1820, although an earlier house had existed on the site. The walled garden may relate to this earlier house. The dining room of Keppoch House is lined with the later 18th century timber panelling from St Anne's Church, Belfast. This was installed by Montagu MW Baird, a subsequent owner, in commemoration of his parents, Hugh Baird and Margaret Ferguson, who were married at St Anne?s in 1836.



F A Walker and F Sinclair NORTH CLYDE ESTUARY (1992), p64. Arthur F Jones THE VILLAGE IN DAYS GONE BY (1985), p80.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

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. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. 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.

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