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Latitude: 55.6961 / 55°41'45"N
Longitude: -4.6992 / 4°41'57"W
OS Eastings: 230453
OS Northings: 648034
OS Grid: NS304480
Mapcode National: GBR 37.G0T4
Mapcode Global: WH2NP.S3G5
Entry Name: Blair House
Listing Date: 14 April 1971
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 331696
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB1196
Building Class: Cultural
Location: Dalry (N Ayrshire)
County: North Ayrshire
Electoral Ward: Dalry and West Kilbride
Parish: Dalry (N Ayrshire)
Traditional County: Ayrshire
Composite building whose dates range from 16-19th centuries.
Scottish Jacobean. Originally a 16th century tower house,
altered at different periods. Now roughly 'T'-plan. A
reset lintel dated 1617 suggests some building then; the
substantial south wing is dated 1668 on the pedimented
dormer heads; 18th century east wing; 1893 north wing and
re-fronting of east range by Thomas Leadbetter. 3 and 4
storeys. Rubble built, with ashlar dressings throughout.
Principal doorway in square tower in south re-entrant
angle with decorative pilastered doorcase and Blair arms
above, supported by elaborate scrolls; small turret,
also with doorway, to right. East wing is on 2 levels,
that nearer central tower raised by Leadbetter, and
corbelled 2-storey crow-stepped gabled projection added
to right. Leadbetter's west is in similar style to the
17th century south wing, but with corbel tables included
below gables. Crow-stepped gables, corniced end, ridge
and wallhead stacks and slate roof throughout. Good turnpike
stair and some late 18th/early 19th century interiors
in south wing. Further interior work by Leadbetter.
MacGibbon & Ross, "Castellated and Domestic Architecture"
vol IV pp.240-243 and figs. 816-821.
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