Basic Site Details

Name: Largs Parish Church and Memorial Halls
Town, district or village: Largs
City or county: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland
Status: B Listed
Grid ref:
Notes: HS gives dates as 1891-1893.

See separate entry for earlier Largs Parish Church (demolished).

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1St Columba's Parish ChurchYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Gallowgate StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 81889 Competition held 
Item 2 of 81889 Design exhibitedBurnet Son & Campbell design
Item 3 of 81890 Design exhibitedMcKellar's competition design
Item 4 of 818901892Build/constructionAlso organ case.
Item 5 of 815 July 1892 Opened 
Item 6 of 81898 Design exhibitedMemorial pulpit
Item 7 of 8c. 1920 Build/constructionWar Memorials
Item 8 of 819831984AdditionScreen across Mactaggart Memorial Chapel.


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 11John E McKellar  1889 Competition design - unsuccessful
Item 2 of 11Andrew Balfour A18891892Won competition and secured job. Also designed organ case.
Item 3 of 11Duncan McKerrow A18891890As apprentice to Steele & Balfour
Item 4 of 11Henry Bell Wesley Steele A18891892Won competition and secured job. Also designed organ case.
Item 5 of 11Steele & Balfour A18891892Won competition and secured job. Also designed organ case.
Item 6 of 11(Sir) John James Burnet B1889 Competition design - unsuccessful
Item 7 of 11Burnet Son & Campbell B1889 Competition design - unsuccessful
Item 8 of 11John Archibald Campbell B1889 Competition design - unsuccessful
Item 9 of 11Miles Septimus Gibson  1898 Memorial pulpit
Item 10 of 11(Sir) Robert Stodart Lorimer Tc. 1920 First and Second War Memorials (executed by Charles Henshaw)
Item 11 of 11Margaret Brash Brodie (Miss) F19831984Screen across Mactaggart Memorial Chapel. Glass etched by Avril Gibb.


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 7Academy Architecture1894   p74 Burnet design
Item 2 of 7Close, Rob and Riches, Anne2012The Buildings of Scotland: Ayrshire & Arran New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp497
Item 3 of 7Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts1890   988 (McKellar); 991 & 994 (Steele & Balfour)
Item 4 of 7Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts1894   825 (Steele & Balfour)
Item 5 of 7Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works…1905-6London: Graves and Bell1889, no 1904 (Burnet Son & Campbell)
Item 6 of 7Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1898   245 (Gibson pulpit)
Item 7 of 7RSA1891   549 Burnet design

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Architect30 December 1892  Steele & Balfour
Item 2 of 3British Architect6 September 1889  Burnet
Item 3 of 3Glasgow Herald16 July 1892   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register37163 
Item 2 of 4National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Heritors Records HR 167/1
Item 3 of 4National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Register House Plans RHP 7353 -7356
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Andrew Balfour: F v16 p148 no1091 (microfilm reel 11); Duncan McKerrow: L v9 no498 (microfilm reel 32)