Basic Site Details

Name: Killellan Parish Church
Town, district or village: Houston
City or county: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Built in the memory of Captain Speirs of Elderslie, MP.

A new Presbyterian church is about to be erected at Houston, N.B , in the Gothic style, from designs by Mr David Thomson, of Glasgow. [Building News 10 July 1874 p74]

HOUSTON. - The foundation-stone of a new parish-church was laid at Houston, N.B., on Saturday last. The new church is expected to cost about 3,000. It will accommodate upwards of 600 sitters, mostly on area floor, there being only one small gallery at the west end of church. The style is Early Gothic, with bold and simple details. A square tower, of nearly 70 feet in height, will be built at the south-west comer, with pointed triplet windows in belfry stage, and battlemented top, terminating with a pointed roof. The contract is being carried out by Mr Robert Whyte, Glasgow, from the designs of Mr. David Thomson, I.A.,of Glasgow. [Building News 11 September 1874 p327]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Houston and Killellan 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 1Kirk RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 11874 Build/construction 


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 3Arthur Forman Balfour Paul B  Instructed Scott Morton & Co for interior work - date unknown
Item 2 of 3Scott Morton & Co (later Scott Morton & Tynecastle Co Ltd; finally Scott Morton Ltd) B  Interior work, instructed by Balfour Paul - date unknown
Item 3 of 3David Thomson  1874  


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Glasgow Institute of Fine Arts1870   776
Item 2 of 2Walker, Frank Arneil1986South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew  p81

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Building News10 July 1874  p74

Item 2 of 2Building News11 September 1874  p327 - foundation stone

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register12694Removed from list 11/2010 (was B listed)
Item 2 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSWeddell and Thomson Archive Summary Material (Handlists, Job lists etc) Thomson's job list
Item 3 of 3Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information on Scott Morton & Co involvement