Basic Site Details

Name: Buchanan Castle
Town, district or village: Drymen
City or county: Stirlingshire/Dunbartonshire
Country: Scotland
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Notes: Scottish vernacular style

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Buchanan House  
Item 2 of 2Castle House  

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 8c. 1741(?) Plans drawn upUnexecuted.
Item 2 of 81751 Alterations and additionsAlterations to house and gardens
Item 3 of 81789 AdditionHouse enlarged
Item 4 of 81837  Unexecuted plans for transformation of existing house into Italianate palazzo
Item 5 of 818511852 New houses designed
Item 6 of 818541858 New house built
Item 7 of 8Before 1929  Estate work
Item 8 of 81954 Design exhibitedGutted


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 6William Adam Ac. 1741  
Item 2 of 6John Adam D1751 Alterations to house and gardens
Item 3 of 6James Playfair C1789 House enlarged
Item 4 of 6(Sir) Charles Barry  1837 Drew up plans for transforming existing house into Italianate palazzo - not executed
Item 5 of 6William Burn B18541858New house.
Item 6 of 6Charles Henry Greig  Before 1929 Estate work


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 5Graham, Lord, afterwards 3rd Duke of MontroseClient for Playfair work
Item 2 of 5Montrose, 1st Duke ofClient for William Adam scheme for Buchanan House
Item 3 of 5Montrose, 2nd Duke ofClient for John Adam work
Item 4 of 5Montrose, 4th Duke ofClient for William Burn house
Item 5 of 5Montrose, Duke offor pre-1929 estate work

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 1High Mains, Buchanan Castle Grounds 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 7Adam, William1820Vitruvius Scoticus  Plates 135-6
Item 2 of 7Blisset, David Veneerer-in-chief to the Nobility: Sir Charles Barry's Country Houses Airs, M (ed): The Victorian Great Housep61
Item 3 of 7Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 4 of 7Gifford, John and Walker, Frank Arneil2002Stirling and Central Scotland (The Buildings of Scotland) New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp290
Item 5 of 7Girouard, Mark1979The Victorian Country House  p23
Item 6 of 7Neale1818Views of Seats 1st seriesVolume 1
Item 7 of 7Scots Peerage Scots Peerage  Volume vi, 268

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Garden History201442.1 Bradney, Jane (2014) 'The Gardens of Sir Charles Barry' pp49, 52-53
Item 2 of 3RIBA Journal23 February 1929 London: Royal Institute of British ArchitectsObituary of Charles Henry Greig
Item 3 of 3RIBA Transactions1870  p125-128. List of works by Burn, compiled by T L Donaldson.

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Gifts and depositsGD 200/6/33Also GD 220/6 volume 4 - which indicates that Adam was paid 315 for 'plan and estimate for the intended buildings at Buchanan A 1741'. Also GD 220/6, volume 106. account to John Adam for drawing plans etc.
Item 2 of 4National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Gifts and depositsGD 248/588Letter to the Earl of Findlater
Item 3 of 4National Archives of Scotland (formerly SRO)Register House PlansRHP 6150'General Plan of the House, Gardens and Parks at Buchanan as proposed for His Grace the Duke of Montrose' signed 'William Adam 1745'.
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Drawings Collection