Basic Site Details

Name: Ardencaple House
Town, district or village: Helensburgh
City or county: Dunbartonshire
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Thomson & Menzies appear to have taken over the project for an additional floor from another architect as three sheets by an unidentified architect accompany their submission to Helensburgh Dean of Guild.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Ardencaple CastleYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 71774 AdditionCastellated addition
Item 2 of 7Before 1786   
Item 3 of 71869  Additions
Item 4 of 71877  Alterations - probably Tudor details and parapet of tower
Item 5 of 719051906 Additional floor
Item 6 of 723 January 1905  Additional floor - plans dated
Item 7 of 71957 Destruction/demolitionAll but castellated tower demolished.


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 10Scott Morton & Co (later Scott Morton & Tynecastle Co Ltd; finally Scott Morton Ltd)    Interior work instructed by McCulloch, architect - date unknown
Item 2 of 10James Adam H1774 Castellated addition
Item 3 of 10R & J Adam H1774 Castellated addition
Item 4 of 10Robert Adam H1774 Castellated addition
Item 5 of 10David Thomson  1869 Additions
Item 6 of 10Charles George Hood Kinnear B1877 Alterations - probably Tudor details and parapet of tower
Item 7 of 10John More Dick Peddie B1877 Alterations - probably Tudor details and parapet of tower
Item 8 of 10Peddie & Kinnear B1877 Alterations - probably Tudor details and parapet of tower
Item 9 of 10Colin Menzies A19051906Additional floor
Item 10 of 10Thomson & Menzies A19051906Additional floor


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 3Campbell, Lord FrederickClient for Adam work
Item 2 of 3Ewing, H G 
Item 3 of 3Graham, John Frederick NClient for 1905-6 work


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 2 of 2Irving, Joseph1879The Book of Dumbartonshire  Volume III, plate III

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Argyll & Bute Council ArchivesHelensburgh Dean of Guild 2/1905
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register34703Ardencaple Castle
Item 3 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSWeddell and Thomson Archive Summary Material (Handlists, Job lists etc) Thomson's job list and Thomson & Menzies job list
Item 4 of 4Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material