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Skelmorlie Castle and Courtyard Buildings

A Category B Listed Building in Largs, North Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.8519 / 55°51'6"N

Longitude: -4.8846 / 4°53'4"W

OS Eastings: 219524

OS Northings: 665838

OS Grid: NS195658

Mapcode National: GBR 30.46MG

Mapcode Global: WH2MT.Y54Q

Entry Name: Skelmorlie Castle and Courtyard Buildings

Listing Date: 14 April 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 339126

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB7281

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Largs

County: North Ayrshire

Electoral Ward: North Coast and Cumbraes

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Circa 1502 rectangular-plan 3-storey and attic tower house, 17th and 19th century courtyard buildings to south; alterations 1856 and 1864 when large baronial wings were added to south and to west of tower- latter wing removed and west wall of tower house re-modelled after 1959 fire; restoration completed 1962 by Noad and Wallace of Glasgow.

Tower is harled, remainder red rubble, all with red ashlar dressings and mostly crow-stepped gables.

TOWER: north-facing inserted doorway below 1856 crest, and rebuilt wallhead stack, porch to south; fenestration is altered and asymmetrical - mostly small-paned sashes; conical-roofed bartizan over 2 diagonally opposite angles, lean-to at east and massive apex stack. Interior mostly 1962.

SOUTH WING: 3 storeys with attic; single and mullioned windows (plate glass sashes); east and west long elevations each have pedimented dormer heads over 2 southmost bays and full-height twin-gabled shallow projection - one gable to west carried upward as octagonal turret; conical-roofed bartizans over 2 diagonally opposite angles: modern fire escape on south gable.

COURTYARDS: 3 2-storey ranges in joggled T-plan, with courtyard to east and to west of inner range, each court bounded on north by wall with arched entrance; both inner (?former chapel) and south west ranges essentially 17th century (possibly circa 1672 when tower interior re-modelled), each with segmental-arched dormer heads above wall-head,

and massive wall-head stack facing west court (latter walled at west also); inner range has semi-circular south gable; drum tower with gun ports at south west angle; much altered plainer south east range (presumably circa 1856 or 1864) has corresponding tower to east; (principal) east court entered from east.

Statement of Interest

1502 building for 2nd Montgomery of Skelmorlie; additions for John Grahame. Some unspecified alterations by John Honeyman, 1876, costing $800 (Honeyman and Keppie account)

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