Basic Site Details

Name: St Joseph's College
Town, district or village: Lochwinnoch
City or county: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland
Status: C listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Known originally as Barr House, St Joseph's was built by David King in 1796 for James Adam, who sold it in 1820 to William Macdowall, 20th of
Garthland and one time Provost of Glasgow. William had completed the sale of ancestral lands of Garthland in Wigtonshire in 1811. He renamed the building Garpel, and then Gathland, extending it northwards (1820-1935). Henry Macdowall, 26th of Garthland, sold the building to the Mill Hill Foreign
Missionary Society at which time it became the St Joseph's College for Missionaries (1935-1985), and then St Joseph's Nursing Home (1985-

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 3Garthland  
Item 2 of 3St Joseph's College for Missionaries  
Item 3 of 3St Joseph's Nursing Home  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 21936 Alteration/conversionConversion of Garthland to college
Item 2 of 21943 AdditionChapel 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 2Thomas Smith CordinerArchitect 1936 Conversion of Garthland to college
Item 2 of 2Thomas Smith CordinerArchitectB1943 Chapel added


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Walker, Frank Arneil1986South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew  p76

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register50473 
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Thomas Smith Cordiner: F no4421 (combined box 13)