Basic Site Details

Name: County Buildings and Sheriff Court
Town, district or village: Ayr
City or county: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland
Status: B Listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Mair's building erected on site of former prison.

Cost of original County Buildings (Wallace, 1818-22): 30,000.

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 71816  Designs
Item 2 of 718181822 Construction
Item 3 of 718631865AdditionLower pavilions added to s
Item 4 of 71874 AdditionPavilion added to N
Item 5 of 71904  Alterations, additions and remodelling
Item 6 of 719291935AdditionExtension - 17 bay inter-war classical in style
Item 7 of 71960 AdditionRoyal Scots Fusiliers Memorial in grounds


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 11David HamiltonArchitect 1814 Designs - unexecuted
Item 2 of 11Robert WallaceArchitect 18181822Designed and built
Item 3 of 11John MurdochArchitectF18631865Lower pavilions to S added
Item 4 of 11James Maitland WardropArchitectHc. 1874 Lower pavilion added to N
Item 5 of 11Allan StevensonArchitectB1904 Alterations, additions and remodelling
Item 6 of 11Thomas McGill CasselsArchitectB1904 Alterations, additions and remodelling - as assistant to Allan Stevenson
Item 7 of 11Alexander MairArchitectJ19291935Extension
Item 8 of 11John Alexander Martin BoydArchitectA19301931Extension - as Chief Assistant to Mair
Item 9 of 11J & J A CarrickArchitectural practiceD1960 Royal Scots Fusiliers Memorial in grounds
Item 10 of 11James Andrew CarrickArchitectD1960 Royal Scots Fusiliers Memorial in grounds
Item 11 of 11Ronald Charles Graham D1960 Royal Scots Fusiliers Memorial in grounds - not certain if involved


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Close, Rob and Riches, Anne2012The Buildings of Scotland: Ayrshire & Arran New Haven and London: Yale University Presspp121, 132-3
Item 2 of 4Close, Robert1992Ayrshire and Arran, an Illustrated Architectural Guide Edinburgh: RIASp22
Item 3 of 4Davis, Michael C1991The Castles and Mansions of Ayrshire Ardrishaig, Argyll: privately publishedp162
Item 4 of 4New Statistical Account of Scotland New Statistical Account of Scotland  v, p22

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Architect and Building News1930Jan-June p14, p53
Item 2 of 4Ayr Advertiser16 July 1931   
Item 3 of 4Builder14 January 1944CLXVI Mair's obituary
Item 4 of 4Scotsman9 February 1944  Obituary of Boyd p3

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register47250 
Item 2 of 3Kyle and Carrick District CouncilAyr Dean of Guild Drawings Box 50, plan 25
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Thomas McGill Cassels: L v16 no 1175