Basic Site Details

Name: Wemyss Bay House
Town, district or village: Wemyss Bay
City or county: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: Drawing owned by Rev A A R Torrie in 1996 (cited by Davis).

seat of the late Lord Inverclyde

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Wemyss Bay Castle  
Item 2 of 2Wemyss CastleYes 

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 51853 Design exhibited 
Item 2 of 51856 Design exhibited 
Item 3 of 518601874 Southern additions
Item 4 of 52 September 1960 Destruction/demolitionMr. J. Lawrence, chairman of a private firm of Glasgow house builders, bought the castle in 1959. The firm plans to demolish the castle and start work on 500 flats, bungalows and villas in the Spring of 1961 per Builder p450
Item 5 of 51984 Destruction/demolition 


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 2Robert William BillingsArchitectA1853  
Item 2 of 2Robert William BillingsArchitectB18601874Southern additions


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Brown, WilliamClient in 1853
Item 2 of 2Burns, George (Sir)Client in 1860-74


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 8Davis, Michael C1996Scots Baronial: Mansions & Castle Restorations in the West of Scotland Ardrishaig: Spindrift Publishingp23
Item 2 of 8Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works…1905-6London: Graves and Bell1856, no 1090, 1095
Item 3 of 8Millar, A H1889Castles and Mansions of Renfrewshire   
Item 4 of 8Powell, H and Leatherbarrow, David1982Masterpieces of Architectural Drawing  plate 61
Item 5 of 8RCAHMS Inventory of Argyllvol 3 pp145-6
Item 6 of 8Royal Academy1856   1090
Item 7 of 8Royal Academy1857   1095
Item 8 of 8RSA1853   486

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder2 September 1960  'Demolition of Wemyss Castle' p450

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Drawings Collection Drawing