Basic Site Details

Name: Ballimore, Otter Ferry
Town, district or village: Loch Fyne
City or county: Argyll
Country: Scotland
Parish: Kilfinan
Grid ref:
Notes: NB Mawson was already working on the garden here when he was joined in practice by Dan Gibson. James Pulham & Son, rock garden and cascade specialists also involved.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Otter HouseYes 

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 41832  Original house
Item 2 of 418981899 Remodelling for Major McRae Gilstrap
Item 3 of 41899 Build/constructionGarden work and associated architectural work
Item 4 of 41914  Extension


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 8David HamiltonArchitectA1832 Original house
Item 2 of 8Leiper & McNabArchitectural practiceB1899 Remodelling
Item 3 of 8William Hunter McNabArchitectB1899 Remodelling; possibly also extension in 1914 (B of S attribution)
Item 4 of 8William LeiperArchitectB1899 Remodelling
Item 5 of 8Dan GibsonArchitectCBefore 1899 Architectural work in conjunction with Mawson's garden improvements
Item 6 of 8Mawson & GibsonArchitectural practiceCBefore 1899 Garden improvements
Item 7 of 8Thomas Hayton MawsonGarden designer, Landscape architect, Town PlannerCBefore 1899 Garden improvements
Item 8 of 8George Mackie WatsonArchitect After 1911(?)Before 1928Unspecified work, in independent practice - possibly 1914 extension?


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Gilstrap, Major McRae (or Gilstrap, Major MacRae)Baronial reworking of house of 1832


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 7 1996Seeing the Wood AND the Trees: Thomas H Mawson and Garden Design in Argyll and Bute Local History (the magazine of Argyll & Bute Library Service, Local Collections), Issue 1, pp 4-9 
Item 2 of 7Mawson, Thomas H1900Art and Craft of Garden Making   
Item 3 of 7Mawson, Thomas H1927The Life and Works of an English Landscape Architect   
Item 4 of 7RSA1899   676, 677 (Leiper's remodelling)
Item 5 of 7Walker, F A2000Argyll and Bute (The Buildings of Scotland)  pp423-424 - attributes 1914 extension to William Hunter McNab
Item 6 of 7Waymark, Janet2009Thomas Mawson: Life, Gardens and Landscape Frances Lincoln Ltd. Londonpp231, 88-89 (illus)
Item 7 of 7Who's Who in Glasgow1909    

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Information courtesy of Graeme More who has specialist knowledge of Dan GibsonInformation via website (from Graeme More)  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers George Mackie Watson: F no2586 (box 6)