Basic Site Details

Name: Ardencraig
Town, district or village: Craigmore, Rothesay
Island: Bute
City or county: Bute
Country: Scotland
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Notes: Commissioned by John Miller, a Liverpool wood merchant, shipowner and patron of the arts. The Buteman notes how he was "...much respected .... at one time well-known and highly esteemed here." In his GUIDE TO ROTHESAY, Wilson describes Ardencraig as a "...large and exceedingly handsome mansion, built after a plan modernised from the French by its highly-esteemed and excellent proprietor." The surrounding gardens and nearby coach-house and lodge all derive from around the same period. Fairlie's additions and internal alterations were commissioned by Lord and Lady Crichton Stuart and renowned garden esigner, Percy Cane, laid out new gardens around the same time. More recently subdivided internally to form separate holiday flats.

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Ardencraig RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 2Early 1800sMid 1800s Original house
Item 2 of 21935  Alterations and additionss
Alterations and additions


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 1Reginald Francis Joseph FairlieArchitect 1935 Alterations and additions


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Crichton-Stuart, Lord ColumAlts and adds in 1935
Item 2 of 2Miller, JohnOriginal client


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Millar, A H1889Castles and Mansions of Renfrewshire   
Item 2 of 2Nuttgens, Patrick1959Reginald Fairlie 1883-1952: A Scottish Architect Edinburgh: Oliver & Boydp51

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1The Buteman, Advertiser for the Western Isles (lat28 October 1876  obituary of John Miller

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Argyll & Bute Council OfficesPlan collection Fairlie plans
Item 2 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register40467