Basic Site Details

Name: Skibo Castle
Town, district or village: Skibo
City or county: Sutherland
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status:  
Grid ref:
Notes: Also info from undated cutting DMW notes. Ross additions cost 25,000.

Because Ross himself was very busy woth the alterations and renovations at Ardross at this time, much of the work at Skibo was undertaken by Macbeth.

Glasshouses by Mackenzie & Moncur

Building Type Classification

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

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 81880  Reconstruction for Mr Buchanan
Item 2 of 818971898 Andrew Carnegie leased Skibo
Item 3 of 818981899 Alterations and additions, including swimming and Turkish baths, power station, dairy buildings, principal lodge etc
Item 4 of 81898  Date of drawings for alterations and additions, including swimming and Turkish baths, power station, dairy buildings, principal lodge etc
Item 5 of 8Mid 1898  Andrew Carnegie purchased Skibo
Item 6 of 8June 1899 Foundation stoneFoundation stone laid by Carnegie's daughter Margaret.
Item 7 of 8May 1902 CompletionMassive additions completed in time for Carnegie's summer visit
Item 8 of 81904  Gardens and terrace

People

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 8Clarke & BellArchitectural practiceA1880 Reconstruction
Item 2 of 8George Bell IIArchitectA1880 Reconstruction
Item 3 of 8Alexander RossArchitectB1899After 1902Alterations and additions, including swimming and Turkish baths, power station, dairy buildings, principal lodge (probably) etc
Item 4 of 8Robert John MacbethArchitectB1899After 1902Alterations and additions, including swimming and Turkish baths, power station, dairy buildings etc
Item 5 of 8Ross & MacbethArchitectural practiceB1899After 1902Alterations and additions, including swimming and Turkish baths, power station, dairy buildings etc
Item 6 of 8William Wardlaw SclandersArchitectB1899After 1902Alterations and additions, including swimming and Turkish baths, power station, dairy buildings etc - as assistant to Ross & Macbeth
Item 7 of 8Thomas KerrArchitectB1902 * Alterations and additions, including swimming and Turkish baths, power station, dairy buildings etc - as assistant to Ross & Macbeth
Item 8 of 8Thomas Hayton MawsonGarden designer, Landscape architect, Town Planner 1904 Gardens and terrace

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 2Buchanan, Mr 
Item 2 of 2Carnegie, AndrewClient for 1900s work

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 1Factor's House, Overskibo 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Gifford, John1992Highland and Islands (The Buildings of Scotland) Penguin Booksp591
Item 2 of 4Gordon, Ian and Inglis, Simon2009Great Lengths: the Historic Indoor Swimming Pools of Great Britain English Heritagep98
Item 3 of 4Wall, Joseph Frazier1984Skibo Castle OUP 
Item 4 of 4Waymark, Janet2009Thomas Mawson: Life, Gardens and Landscape Frances Lincoln Ltd. Londonp232, pp59-62 illus

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder5 January 1901  p22
Item 2 of 3Inverness Courier5 February 1880  Clarke and Bell work
Item 3 of 3Scottish Local History Forum2007Autumn pp24-29

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 7Courtesy of Stafford WattersInformation given to Yvonne Hillyard Sent June 2011
Item 2 of 7Highland ArchivesAlexander Ross collection with handlist Two bags of drawings and other papers on Skibo
Item 3 of 7Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register597House, garden terraces etc
Item 4 of 7Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register600Power station
Item 5 of 7Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register280Principal gatelodge
Item 6 of 7National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection Ross & Macbeth drawings in survey of private collections
Item 7 of 7RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers George Bell II: F v17 p69 no1131 (microfilm reel 12); Thomas Kerr: L v18 no1383; Robert John Macbeth: F v17 no1115; William Wardlaw Sclanders: L v20 no1572 (particular phase of work unspecified)