Basic Site Details

Name: Public Library and Museum
Town, district or village: Campbeltown
City or county: Argyll
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: KILLEAN, N.B. At Killean, Kintyre, on Friday, the new public library and museum buildings in Campbeltown, built and equipped by Mr. James Macalister Hall, of Tangy and Killean, at a cost of about 10,000, were presented to the town by the donor. The buildings, the memorial-stone of which was laid by the Duke of Argyll on Aug. 25, 1897, are of handsome design, and occupy a central site, with frontages to the harbour, St. John-street, and Shore-street. The Duke of Argyll has granted the ground free of feu duty during his lifetime. There is a library or book-store giving accommodation for over 10,000 volumes (the shelves at present contain 6,000 volumes), ladies' reading-room, general reading-room, museum or picture-gallery, and general news-room. A garden at the Shore-street front forms an adjunct to the museum for the exhibition of archeological and other exhibits not requiring cover. The buildings and garden occupy an area of l,450sq.yds. The architect is Mr. J. J. Burnet, Glasgow. [Building News 27 January 1899 p127]

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Library  
Item 2 of 2Museum  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Hall StreetYes 
Item 2 of 2St John StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 520 October 1896 Plans approved 
Item 2 of 518971898  
Item 3 of 525 August 1897 Foundation stone 
Item 4 of 523 December 1898  Buildings completed
Item 5 of 520 January 1899  Building handed over


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 3(Sir) John James BurnetArchitectA18971899 
Item 2 of 3George Ronald BryceArchitectA18971899As apprentice to John James Burnet
Item 3 of 3John Burnet & SonArchitectural practiceA18971899 


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Macalister Hall, James, of KilleanFounder of the British Steam Navingation Company


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Academy Architecture1899 part 1 p88, 95
Item 2 of 3Millar, R E Campbeltown Museum and Library Open University A 305 Project Report, reprinted by Argyll & Bute District Library 
Item 3 of 3RSA1899   670

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 12Argyll Herald31 December 1898  Illustration
Item 2 of 12Builder4 September 1897LXXIII p189 - foundation stone
Item 3 of 12Building News27 January 1899  p127
Item 4 of 12Campbeltown Courier18 October 1890   
Item 5 of 12Campbeltown Courier25 October 1890   
Item 6 of 12Campbeltown Courier3 November 1894   
Item 7 of 12Campbeltown Courier11 January 1896   
Item 8 of 12Campbeltown Courier28 January 1899   
Item 9 of 12Campbeltown Courier1901.05   
Item 10 of 12Campbeltown Courier20 April 1901   
Item 11 of 12Campbeltown Courier27 April 1901   
Item 12 of 12Campbeltown Courier17 February 1906   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3 Campbeltown Library and Museum Plans  
Item 2 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register22964 
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers George Ronald Bryce: L v16 no1151