Basic Site Details

Name: Blythswood Testimonial schools
Town, district or village: Renfrew
City or county: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland
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Notes: 2,000 raised by January 1839 and competition held. 22 designs submitted. When the competition was judged in February 1840 the design submitted by Scott Stephen & Gale was selected although by that date the partnership must have been dissolved.

Designed as a memorial to Archibald Campbell of Blythswood (d.1838). It was an ambitious Greek revival building with features from well-known Athenian monuments.

Largely demolished.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Blythswood Testimonial and Grammar school  

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 218391840Competition held 
Item 2 of 21842 Opened 


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 5James RaeburnArchitect 18391840Competition design - placed second
Item 2 of 5James Salmon (senior)Architect 18391840Unsuccessful competition design
Item 3 of 5John StephenArchitectA18391842Won competition and secured job
Item 4 of 5Scott, Stephen & GaleArchitectural practiceA1839 Won competition and secured job; executed by John Stephen after dissolution of partnership
Item 5 of 5James CollieArchitect 1842 Consulted by Town Council following competition


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 2 of 2Walker, Frank Arneil1986South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew  p97

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Paper by Frank Arneil Walker, dated 4 October 1980
Item 2 of 2Strathclyde ArchivesRenfrew Town Council Minutes