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Torloisk House, Mull

A Category B Listed Building in Oban South and the Isles, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.5325 / 56°31'57"N

Longitude: -6.2129 / 6°12'46"W

OS Eastings: 141059

OS Northings: 745782

OS Grid: NM410457

Mapcode National: GBR CC1G.30M

Mapcode Global: WGYCC.J2QF

Plus Code: 9C8MGQMP+2V

Entry Name: Torloisk House, Mull

Listing Name: Torloisk House

Listing Date: 13 March 1996

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 389344

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB43023

Building Class: Cultural

Also known as: Torloisk House of Mull

ID on this website: 200389344

Location: Kilninian and Kilmore

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Oban South and the Isles

Parish: Kilninian And Kilmore

Traditional County: Argyllshire

Tagged with: Country house

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Late 18th century core, addition of E and W wings 1811-2, further additions by MacGregor and Miller, 1863-4 and 1879. Asymmetrically-grouped Scottish Baronial style, 2, 3 and 4 storey house. Predominantly whinstone with sandstone features and dressings. Some string courses; crowstep gables.

S (GARDEN) ELEVATION: 3-storey and attic 18th century building visible off-centre, tall gable chimney stacks with skew and skewputt to W gable. 3 windows to each floor, dormers (1863-4). Semi-octagonal

window bay (1863-4) to left with tall pyramidal roof and dormer. Continuous stone balcony to right at 1st floor level (1863-4). 2-storey 4-bay wing (1811-2) to left with 3-storey gable end bay. 4-storey gabled bay to outer right (1811-2) with 2-storey canted window bay (1863-4), semi-circular headed window to gable.

E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 3-bays; gabled bay to centre and lower bay to outer left (1811-12) and taller 4-storey tower (1863-4) to outer right. Advanced porch to outer left, architraved doorcase, coat-of-arms above. Bay to right also advanced but set back slightly from porch, tripartite window, single storey conservatory above at 1st floor screening tripartite window with semi-circular headed central transom. Similar tripartite windows to right and left outer bays.

Pedimented dormerhead window to outer left. Round-head window to gable of centre bay. Tower corbelled at 2nd floor, balustraded parapet, turret (1879).

N ELEVATION: massing of tower and turret to outer left, strongly modelled crowsteps to tower gable. Rear of later 18th century house set back to right, semi-circular stair window to centre. 2-storey wing to right with gabled end bay.

Timber sash and case windows with variety of glazing patterns relating to architectural development of house including 12-pane, 2-pane and 4-pane windows. Some casement windows. Grey slate roof with

fishscale slates to roof of 1879 turret and semi-octagonal bay on S elevation. Some cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: not seen.

Statement of Interest

The 18th century house was built by Lachlan MacLean of Torloisk some time before 1784. It replaced an earlier residence built around round three sides of a square, part of which was retained as offices until demolished in 1811. His daughter Marianne MacLean Clephane who was a friend of Sir Walter Scott carried out alterations in 1811 which included the internal remodelling of the house and the erection of the kitchen wing. Her daughter Margaret married Lord Compton in 1815,

subsequently 2nd Marquess of Northampton. Following her death in 1840 the house passed to successive members of the Compton family.

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