Basic Site Details

Name: Dunoon Hydropathic
Town, district or village: Dunoon
City or county: Argyll
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: An impressive clock tower was added in 1904 to the designs of Salmon Son and Gillespie, as noted in the British Architect:

An addition has lately been made to these homes in the shape of the clock tower shown in our view. The tower is being built to commemorate the late Preceptor MacDonald of Glasgow who took a life-long interest in the homes. The clock was presented by Sir James King, bart.[British Architect 5 August 1904 p96 and illustration]

A further wing was added in 1907:
The Duke of Argyll visited Dunoon on Saturday afternoon, and formally opened an addition to the West of Scotland Convalescent Homes. The new wing gives accommodation for fifty additional patients, enabling the directors to accommodate 300 patients, and making the institution the largest of its kind in the United Kingdom. The new building has a frontage of 70feet and is three storeys in height. The architects were Messrs Salmon, Son. and Gillespie, Glasgow [Building News 14 June 1907 p 819]

Now demolished - library stands on site

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1West of Scotland Convalescent Seaside Homes  

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Hydropathic  
Item 2 of 2Convalescent home  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Argyll StreetYes 
Item 2 of 2Queen StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 8c. 1865   
Item 2 of 81869  Completed and opened as West of Scotland Convalescent Seaside Homes
Item 3 of 81880  Enlarged
Item 4 of 81895  Extensive new buildings
Item 5 of 81904  Clock Tower
Item 6 of 81907  Alterations to kitchen and new wing
Item 7 of 81930  Additions
Item 8 of 81936  Extension


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 15James HamiltonArchitect c. 1865  
Item 2 of 15James Salmon & SonArchitectural practiceA1895 Extensive new buildings
Item 3 of 15John Gaff GillespieArchitectA1895 Extensive new buildings
Item 4 of 15William Forrest SalmonArchitectA1895 Extensive new buildings
Item 5 of 15James Salmon (junior)ArchitectC1907 Alterations to kitchen and new wing
Item 6 of 15John Gaff GillespieArchitectC1907 Alterations to kitchen and new wing
Item 7 of 15Salmon, Son & GillespieArchitectural practiceC1907 Alterations to kitchen and new wing
Item 8 of 15William Forrest SalmonArchitectC1907 Alterations to kitchen and new wing
Item 9 of 15Alexander SmellieArchitectB1930 Additions
Item 10 of 15Andrew Graham HendersonArchitectB1930 Additions
Item 11 of 15John KeppieArchitectB1930 Additions
Item 12 of 15Keppie & HendersonArchitectural practiceB1930 Additions
Item 13 of 15John RogersonArchitectE1936 Extension
Item 14 of 15Macwhannell & RogersonArchitectural practiceE1936 Extension
Item 15 of 15Ninian MacwhannellArchitectE1936 Extension


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Architects Engineers and Building Trades Directory1868Architect's, Engineer's and Building Trades' Directory London, WymanHamilton work
Item 2 of 2O'Donnell, Raymond2003The life and work of James Salmon architect, 1873-1924 Edinburgh: The Rutland Pressp138

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Architect and Building News1936Jan-June p347
Item 2 of 4Architect and Building News1937Jul-Dec p(not given)
Item 3 of 4British Architect10 May 1895  Salmon work of 1890s
Item 4 of 4British Architect5 August 1904  p96 and illustration showing clock tower

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Keppie Design (David Stark)Database of jobs by Honeyman and Keppie No 464 (for Keppie & Henderson work)
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers John Gaff Gillespie: F v17 p112 no1152 (microfilm reel 12)