Basic Site Details

Name: 3 Arnothill
Town, district or village: Falkirk
City or county: Stirlingshire
Country: Scotland
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Notes: It originated as a private house built for Lewis Hay Irving who came to Falkirk as the minister of the Free Church there in 1843. He was a son of John Irving, W.S., Edinburgh; educated at Edinburgh University and appears to have had some training in architecture prior to joining the ministry. He was involved in the design and construction of several churches in the Falkirk area. It is possible that the design for 3 Arnothill was his. He rented Dorrator House prior to the completion of the new house and died 28th June 1877. Obviously this places the build date to sometime around middle of the nineteenth century.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Carmelite ConventYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 13, ArnothillYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 3c. 1850 Build/constructionOriginal villa
Item 2 of 31937  Villa converted to monastic use (with tower and oratory added)
Item 3 of 31954  Chapter house added


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 3Reginald Francis Joseph FairlieArchitect 1937 Villa converted to monastic use (with tower and oratory added)
Item 2 of 3Charles William GrayArchitectB1954 Chapter house addition
Item 3 of 3Reginald Fairlie & PartnersArchitectural practiceB1954 Chapter house addition


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Gifford, John and Walker, Frank Arneil2002Stirling and Central Scotland (The Buildings of Scotland) New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp499
Item 2 of 3Lamb, John Alexander (ed)1956The Fasti of the United Free Church of Scotland, 1900-1929 Edinburgh & London: Oliver and Boyd 
Item 3 of 3Nuttgens, Patrick1959Reginald Fairlie 1883-1952: A Scottish Architect Edinburgh: Oliver & Boydp48

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Information courtesy of John ReidInformation to website Sent September 2008 (information about earlier history of the house from Mr Reid's father-in-law who was an elder at the Irving Memorial Church and had researched the history of church and house).
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Charles William Gray: F no5460 (combined box 80)