Basic Site Details

Name: St John's RC Church
Town, district or village: Cumnock
City or county: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Stated that it was built in thanksgving for the birth of Burges' (?) eldest son, born 1881 - but Burges died that year. Design similar to Burges' church at Murston.

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Church  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 318781882 Date of original building not known but HS gives this date (no reference); Groome gives 1881-82, Crook 1878-80, probably the dates on the drawings
Item 2 of 31896  Addition of shrines (made in Cardiff workshops)
Item 3 of 318981899 Installation of electric light and fittings


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 3William BurgesArchitect 18781881Original building
Item 2 of 3John Francis BentleyArchitect c. 1882 Completion of building (Buildings of Scotland). Interior fittings only after Burges's death: altar reredos and screens (painting by NHJ Westlake).
Item 3 of 3Robert Weir SchultzArchitect 18981899Addition of shrines (made in Cardiff workshops) and installation of electric light and fittings


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Bute, 3rd Marquess of (John Patrick 

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 1St John's presbytery 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 7Close, Rob and Riches, Anne2012The Buildings of Scotland: Ayrshire & Arran New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp261
Item 2 of 7Close, Robert1992Ayrshire and Arran, an Illustrated Architectural Guide Edinburgh: RIASp139
Item 3 of 7Crook, J Mordaunt1981William Burges and the High Victorian Dream London: John Murrayp284
Item 4 of 7Crook, J Mordaunt2013William Burges and the High Victorian Dream Frances Lincoln (New edition)p270
Item 5 of 7de l'Hopital, Winefride1919Westminster Cathedral and its Architect  p608
Item 6 of 7Hannah, Rosemary 2021The Grand Designer: Third Marquis of Bute Birlinnp181
Item 7 of 7Stamp, Gavin1981Robert Weir Schultz, Architect, and his work for the Marquesses of Bute  London: The Curwen Press / Mount Stuartp48

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register24120 
Item 2 of 2Mount StuartBute Archives Documents regarding Burges work; documents regarding Schultz work (including letter books 1896-9)