Basic Site Details

Name: Dumbarton County Buildings, court and prison
Town, district or village: Dumbarton
City or county: Dunbartonshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Cost of 1923 redecoration and electrification: 2,000. Prison now demolished.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Dumbarton County and Police Buildings As listed in Duncan McNaughtan's FRIBA paper
Item 2 of 2Sheriff Court HouseYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 3County buildings  
Item 2 of 3Courthouse  
Item 3 of 3Prison  

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 818241826 Original building
Item 2 of 8July 1824 Foundation stoneOriginal building
Item 3 of 818621863 Addition of symmetrical wings
Enlarged by William Spence
Item 4 of 818951900 Enlarged by Duncan McNaughtan
Item 5 of 819061907 Alterations and additions (new wing)
Item 6 of 81923  Redecoration and electrification
Item 7 of 81924After 1926 Further alterations
Item 8 of 81973  Prison 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 9James Gillespie GrahamArchitectA18241826Design of original buildings which had public building and prison separated - design by Gillespie Graham amended by Robert Scott
Item 2 of 9Robert ScottArchitectA18241826Amended Gillespie Graham's design - exactly what is not specified
Item 3 of 9William SpenceArchitectB18611863Addition of symmetrical wings
Item 4 of 9Duncan McNaughtanArchitectC18951900Large additions
Item 5 of 9Charles James HalleyArchitectD19061907Alterations and additions (new wing)
Item 6 of 9Halley & NeilArchitectural practiceD19061907Alterations and additions (new wing)
Item 7 of 9Hamilton NeilArchitectD19061907Alterations and additions (new wing)
Item 8 of 9Joseph WeekesArchitectE1923 Redecoration and electrification - as Dumbarton County Architect
Item 9 of 9Joseph WeekesArchitectF1924After 1926Further alterations - as Dumbarton County Architect


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 6Gifford, John and Walker, Frank Arneil2002Stirling and Central Scotland (The Buildings of Scotland) New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp411
Item 2 of 6MacLeod, D1893Dumbarton Ancient and Modern   
Item 3 of 6RCAHMS1996Tolbooths and Town-Houses: Civic Architecture in Scotland to 1833 London: The Stationery Officep71
Item 4 of 6Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1936   349 ('Proposed County Buildings' by Joseph Weekes)
Item 5 of 6Scottish Civic Trust1983Historic Buildings at Work: a guide to the historic buildings of Scotland used by Central Government Scottish Civic Trust/Property Services Agency, Department of the Environmentp172
Item 6 of 6Who's Who in Architecture1923    

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Glasgow Herald23 July 1824   
Item 2 of 2RIBA Journal9 May 1912 London: Royal Institute of British Architects 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Dumbarton District LibraryDumbarton Dean of Guild Rear additions
Item 2 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register24875 
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Duncan McNaughtan: F v17 p142 no1167 (microfilm reel 12); Hamilton Neil: L v19 no 1480 & F no 1808 (microfilm reel 15); Joseph Weekes: F no2407 (box 6)