Basic Site Details

Name: Sorn Castle
Town, district or village: Mauchline
City or county: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Turbine House C listed, Cleuch Cottage and main entrance lodge are B listed

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Lone Castle As listed in Builder obituary

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 71806 Build/constructionCoachhouse. Office court (Colvin)
Item 2 of 717 January 1862  Drawings for proposed alterations by William A Railton (unexecuted)
Item 3 of 71864  Enlarged by Bryce
Item 4 of 71903  Alterations, perhaps turbine house?
Item 5 of 71910  Turbine house?
Item 6 of 71917  East gatehouse, Cleuch Cottage
Item 7 of 7Before 2012 Alteration/conversionCoachhouse converted to domestic use


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 9David HamiltonArchitectF1806 Coachhouse perhaps by Hamilton. Office court (Colvin)
Item 2 of 9William Atkinson RailtonArchitect 1862 Unexecuted scheme for alterations
Item 3 of 9David BryceArchitect 1864 Enlargement and remodelling
Item 4 of 9Henry Edward CliffordArchitect 1903 Alterations, perhaps turbine house (1910)
Item 5 of 9David Morton BrownArchitectAAfter 1906Before 1911Estate work
Item 6 of 9Ingram & BrownArchitectural practiceAAfter 1906Before 1911Estate work
Item 7 of 9Henry Edward CliffordArchitectB19081909Entrance lodge and gateway and Turbine House
Item 8 of 9Henry Edward CliffordArchitectC1917 East gatehouse, Cleuch Cottage
Item 9 of 9Ronald Alexander BBefore 2012 Coachhouse converted to domestic use


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 3MacIntyre, T WAlterations by Clifford; estate work by Ingram & Brown
Item 2 of 3Somervell, Graham of Sorn
Somervell, Graham (or J?) of Sorn
Railton's tentative alteration plans, and Bryce's executed enlargement
Item 3 of 3Somervell, WilliamClient for David Hamilton work


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 9Clifford, William Henry Morton1986Recollections about my father Typescript, per Iain D Paterson, in DMW archivep7
Item 2 of 9Close, Rob and Riches, Anne2012The Buildings of Scotland: Ayrshire & Arran New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp618-621
Item 3 of 9Close, Robert1992Ayrshire and Arran, an Illustrated Architectural Guide Edinburgh: RIASp15102
Item 4 of 9Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 5 of 9Davis, Michael C1991The Castles and Mansions of Ayrshire Ardrishaig, Argyll: privately publishedpp374-5
Item 6 of 9Hannan, Thomas1928Famous Scottish Houses  p161
Item 7 of 9MacGibbon and Ross Castellated and Domestic Architecture of Scotland  Plans
Item 8 of 9Millar, A H1885Castles and Mansions of Ayrshire   
Item 9 of 9NMRS NMRS Jubilee: A Guide to the Collections  Railton scheme and Bryce additions p 67

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Builder27 May 1876XXXIV Obituary of David Bryce, listed as 'Lone Castle addition for Mr J Somerville'

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 7Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register19666Cleuch Cottage
Item 2 of 7Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register44574Turbine House
Item 3 of 7Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register14256Entrance lodge
Item 4 of 7Mitchell Library GlasgowOffice Plans and drawings of Watson, Salmond & Gray31 
Item 5 of 7NASSC Archives (Sc)SC6/72/2Information from Kitty Cruft
Item 6 of 7RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers David Morton Brown: L v13 no883
Item 7 of 7Sorn CastlePlans in Sorn Castle Copies in NMRS (Railton unexecuted scheme and Bryce drawings)