Basic Site Details

Name: Craigrownie House
Town, district or village: Cove
City or county: Dunbartonshire
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
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Notes: Built as a weekend and holiday retreat for wealthy Glasgow ironfounder and railway contractor John McElroy, Craigrownie was sold in 1858 to Alexander Abercrombie who added the substantial NE wing in 1890. The building was converted for use as the Stewart Home for the Mentally Handicapped in 1958 before being renovated as a family home and country guest house circa 2000.

Alternative Names

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

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 2c. 1854   
Item 2 of 2c. 1890 Alterations and additionsAddition of NE wing


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 3Alexander ThomsonArchitectAc. 1854 House and boundary wall
Item 2 of 3Baird & ThomsonArchitectural practiceAc. 1854 House and boundary wall
Item 3 of 3John Baird the SecondArchitectAc. 1854 House and boundary wall


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Abercrombie, AlexanderClient given in Reeve: A Victorian Burgh - client after 1858 when he bought the house
Item 2 of 2McElroy, John - developer, ironfounder and railway contractor 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 6APSD The Dictionary of Architectureed Wyatt PapworthThe Architectural Publication Society (8v 1852-1892) 
Item 2 of 6Barclay, David1904Greek Thomson: his life and opinions Architectural Review May 1904 
Item 3 of 6McFadzean, Ronald1979The Life and Work of Alexander Thomson London: Routledge & Kegan Paul 
Item 4 of 6Nicholson, Jane or Thomson, Amelia Memoir of Alexander Thomson Written for Alexander Thomson Memorial 
Item 5 of 6Reeve, Richard2005A Victorian Burgh: the story of Cove and Kilcreggan  p99. Illus.
Item 6 of 6Stamp, Gavin1999Alexander Thomson: The Unknown Genius London: Lawrence King, in association with Glasgow 1999 

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Glasgow City ArchivesFrank Worsdall's Collection on Greek Thomson, including job list and photograph list  
Item 2 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register43473 
Item 3 of 3Information courtesy of Miss Evelyn MoirInformation from website