Basic Site Details

Name: Craig Ailey, Italian Villa
Town, district or village: Cove
City or county: Dunbartonshire
Country: Scotland
Parish: Cove and Kilcreggan
Status: A Listed
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Notes: Cost 1,154.16.6d to build.

There is confusion over the name of this house as the document compiled for the Thomson Memorial lists both Craig Ailey, Kilcreggan and Italian Villa under 'Villas' (APSD lists only the Italian Villa), yet on the first edition 1862 Ordance Survey map, surveyed in 1860, the Italian Villa is marked where Craig Ailey stands today while no other house is labelled 'Craig Ailey.' Further confusion is created by the fact that Craig Ailey is not in Kilcreggan - as both Blackie and the Thomson Memorial list state - but in Cove.

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 1c. 1852   


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 3Alexander ThomsonArchitectAc. 1852  
Item 2 of 3Baird & ThomsonArchitectural practiceAc. 1852  
Item 3 of 3John Baird the SecondArchitectAc. 1852  


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1McElroy, John - developer, ironfounder and railway contractor 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 8APSD The Dictionary of Architectureed Wyatt PapworthThe Architectural Publication Society (8v 1852-1892) 
Item 2 of 8Barclay, David1904Greek Thomson: his life and opinions Architectural Review May 1904 
Item 3 of 8Blackie1868Villa and Cottage Architecture1st edition Ilustration of modified design; gives date as 1850
Item 4 of 8Law, Graham1954Greek Thomsoncxv, May 1954Architectural Review, May 1954 (Publication of 1960 Cambridge dissertation, original at NMRS) 
Item 5 of 8Maugham, W C1893Rosneath Past and Present Paisley and London, 1893 
Item 6 of 8McFadzean, Ronald1979The Life and Work of Alexander Thomson London: Routledge & Kegan Paul 
Item 7 of 8Nicholson, Jane or Thomson, Amelia Memoir of Alexander Thomson Written for Alexander Thomson Memorial 
Item 8 of 8Stamp, Gavin1999Alexander Thomson: The Unknown Genius London: Lawrence King, in association with Glasgow 1999 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Glasgow City ArchivesFrank Worsdall's Collection on Greek Thomson, including job list and photograph list  
Item 2 of 3Glasgow Institute of ArchitectsBiographical sketch and job list of Greek Thomson by Rev John Stark, 1879  
Item 3 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register43472