Basic Site Details

Name: West of Scotland Agricultural College, Auchincruive/Auchencruive
Town, district or village: St Quivox
City or county: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland
Parish: Ayr
Grid ref:
Notes: Part of the Auchencruive/Auchincruive Estate, gifted to the Secretary of State by John M Hannah of Girvan Mains.

Cost of addition of teaching and biology block 600,000.


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 7Late 1760s1771Build/construction 
Item 2 of 71811 Alterations and additionsStair Hall
Item 3 of 71931  Apiary, Poultry School and Dairy School
Item 4 of 71950 Build/constructionWilson Hal Student residence
Item 5 of 71970s AdditionAddition to Dairy Research Building
Item 6 of 71972 Build/constructionHorticultural Department added
Item 7 of 7Before 1975 Build/constructionTeaching and biology block


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 14William CrouchJoinerJLate 1760s1771 
Item 2 of 14William GibsonArchitect, MasonF1811 Stair Hall. Carpenter John Paterson and plasterwork John Anderson.
Item 3 of 14Alexander MairArchitectA1931 Apiary, Poultry School and Dairy School. Also Dairy research building
Item 4 of 14John Alexander Martin BoydArchitectA1931 Apiary, Poultry School and Dairy School. Also Dairy research building. As assistant to Mair.
Item 5 of 14Duncan St Clair MacphailArchitectG19501956Wilson Hall student residence
Item 6 of 14Cowie, Torry & PartnersArchitectural practiceG1970s Addition to Dairy Research building
Item 7 of 14John Frederick ('Fred') TorryArchitectG1970s Addition to Dairy Research building
Item 8 of 14Alexander Murdoch BuchananArchitectB1972 Horticultural Department added
Item 9 of 14Stevenson Ferguson & BuchananArchitectural practiceB1972 Horticultural Department added
Item 10 of 14Henry Frederick GlassArchitectCBefore 1975 Teaching and biology block.
Item 11 of 14James Napier CunninghamArchitectCBefore 1975 Teaching and biology block
Item 12 of 14Stuart Lister IngramArchitectCBefore 1975 Teaching and biology block.
Item 13 of 14Thomas Cordiner, Cunningham & Partners CBefore 1975 Teaching and biology block
Item 14 of 14Thomas Ogilvie Maclean Cordiner CBefore 1975 Teaching and biology block. May not have been involved.


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1West of Scotland Agricultural College 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 5Close, Rob and Riches, Anne2012The Buildings of Scotland: Ayrshire & Arran New Haven and London: Yale University Presspp108-111
Item 2 of 5Close, Robert1992Ayrshire and Arran, an Illustrated Architectural Guide Edinburgh: RIASp41
Item 3 of 5Cunningham Glass practice brochure Cunningham Glass architects   
Item 4 of 5RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   
Item 5 of 5RIBA1980Directory of Practices 1980   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder14 January 1944CLXVI p

Mair's obituary
Item 2 of 2Scotsman9 February 1944  Boyd's obituary p3

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register49838