Basic Site Details

Name: Crossraguel Abbey
Town, district or village: Maybole
City or county: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland
Parish: Kirkoswald
Status: A listed
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Notes: Crossraguel Abbey was founded c1244 by the Earl of Carrick and its ruins still include the church, cloister, chapter house and domestic premises. Restoration work was carried out at the end of thre nineteenth century for the preservation of these ruins

Following upon the principal works which were several years ago carried out for the preservation of the ruins of Crossraguel Abbey, situated midway between Maybole and Kirkoswald, a number of further minor works, with the same object in view, and which have been going on for some time, have now been completed. These additional works, as also the principal portion, have been carried out by Messrs Milligan, builders, Ayr, under the direction of Mr J A Morris, architect, FSA. Scot, Ayr. The abbots' tower at the south-east corner of the abbey, through which runs the small rivulet giving the water power for the driving of the abbey mill, is in a very dilapidated condition, particularly the western wall. Recent excavations at the west end of the nave outside have revealed a fine Gothic arch, filled in with masonry, in which there is a rectangular niche. This arch was a doorway, but why it had been filled up cannot be conjectured. [Building News 25 September 1903 page 407]

Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 21244 Foundation stone 
Item 2 of 218971899RestorationConsolidation and conservation work


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 2Robert Weir SchultzArchitect 1897 Proposed repairs (unexecuted)
Item 2 of 2James Archibald MorrisArchitectB18971899Consolidation and conservation work


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Close, Rob and Riches, Anne2012The Buildings of Scotland: Ayrshire & Arran New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp239
Item 2 of 2Stamp, Gavin1981Robert Weir Schultz, Architect, and his work for the Marquesses of Bute  London: The Curwen Press / Mount Stuartp45

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Building News25 September 1903  p 407

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register7589 
Item 2 of 2Mount StuartBute Archives 1897 letter book