Basic Site Details

Name: Rowallan Castle and Rowallan House
Town, district or village: Kilmaurs
City or county: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland
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Notes: Woodwork in Upper Stair Hall by Nathaniel Grieve. Carved work by some of Lorimer#'s usual carftsmen including William Beveridge and William Stoddart. Plasterwork by Sam Wilson in drawing room, bedrooms etc

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 41869  Proposed additions to old castle by Joyce - not built
Item 2 of 4July 1896  Rebuilding and additions -'proposed addition to old Scots mansion' (plans dated)
Item 3 of 41899 Design exhibitedRestoration proposals?
Item 4 of 419021906 New mansion house, lodge, stable court, barn mill, cottages and garden layout with pavilion and gardeners cottage. Fittings in house.


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 11Nicholas JoyceArchitectB1869 Proposed additions to old castle - not built
Item 2 of 11James McLellan FairleyArchitectA1896 Rebuilding and additions -'proposed addition to old Scots mansion' - not executed
Item 3 of 11Leadbetter & FairleyArchitectural practiceA1896 Rebuilding and additions -'proposed addition to old Scots mansion' - not executed
Item 4 of 11Thomas Greenshields LeadbetterArchitectA1896 Rebuilding and additions -'proposed addition to old Scots mansion' - not executed
Item 5 of 11Conner & MitchellArchitectural practiceC1899 Design exhibited - restoration proposals? - under Mitchell's name alone
Item 6 of 11Henry MitchellArchitectC1899 Design exhibited - restoration proposals?
Item 7 of 11(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerArchitectD19021906New mansion house with lodge, stable court, barn millcottages and garden layout with pavilion and gardeners cottage. Also internal alterations? (see plans)
Item 8 of 11Boyd & ForrestBuilder, ContractorD19021906contractor for Lorimer work
Item 9 of 11Robert BoydArchitectD19021906Contractor for Lorimer work
Item 10 of 11____ForrestBuilder, ContractorD19021906Contractor for Lorimer work
Item 11 of 11Scott Morton & Co (later Scott Morton & Tynecastle Co Ltd; finally Scott Morton Ltd)Architectural practiceGc. 1902c. 1906Fitting in Library and elsewhere in house


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Corbett, M A Cameron, MPClient for 1902 work (he was later Lord Rowallan)
Item 2 of 2Loudoun, Earl of 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 5Academy Architecture1898 part 1 p57
Item 2 of 5Close, Rob and Riches, Anne2012The Buildings of Scotland: Ayrshire & Arran New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp593-7
Item 3 of 5Pride, Glen L1999The Kingdom of Fife2nd EditionThe Rutland Pressp162
Item 4 of 5Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1899   758 (Mitchell)
Item 5 of 5Savage, Peter1980Lorimer and the Edinburgh Craft Designers Edinburgh: Paul Harris Publishing, 1980 (also paperback ed, London & Edinburgh: Steve Savage, 2005)p173

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register12524 
Item 2 of 6National Library of ScotlandDrawings Collection?? Acc No 6688 (3 drawings)
Item 3 of 6National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection Original plans dated 1896, (AYD 58/24-32). Also copies of proposed 1896 addition
Item 4 of 6National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSLorimer and Matthew Collection LOR R/7, LOR R/8, LOR R/9 ( Drawings dated 1902 & 1903)
Item 5 of 6RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Robert Stodart Lorimer: F v17 p35 no1114 (microfilm reel 12)
Item 6 of 6Rowallan CastleRowallan Castle Archives Original drawings of proposed 1869 addition