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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.

ISLAY HOUSEReference: LB12142

Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 20/07/1971


  • Local Authority: Argyll And Bute
  • Planning Authority: Argyll And Bute
  • Parish: Killarow And Kilmeny

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNR 33390 62809
  • Coordinates133390, 662809


Main block, c. 1680 (window-openings enlarged later).

3 storeys. 2 wings 1737. 2 storeys and attic.

Traditional. Harled. Gabled. Slate roofs. Crow-steps.

Piended dormers. Polygonal stair-towers added to end

wings (E. one c. 1760); flat roof balustraded parapet;

band-courses; Palladian windows. Splendid Georgian

interior: winding stairs; drawing-room etc.

Offices added at S.E. and rear. 1841-5 by William

Playfair: Scottish style. Stugged ashlar. Gabled. Slate

roof. Crow-steps. Dormers. '2-storey-and-attic nursery

wing' in style of old house built in 1910 replacing part

of playfairs offices and screening the rear part. There

is a low addition at the N.W. The head game keepers


Statement of Special Interest

Formerly called Kilarrow House. Built for Sir Hugh

Campbell of Cawdor, Nairnshire. Wings added for Daniel

Campbell, 1st of Shawfield and Woodhall, Lanarkshire

(who had acquired Islay 1726); Stair-towers for Daniel

Campbell, his successor. Extended for Walter Frederick

Campbell, 4th of Island and of Woodhall, Lanarkshire.

Acquired 1853 by Charles Morrison of Basildon Park,

Berks., England.



Pennant 'Tour 1772' Vol. I, p. 252.

'Islay, Queen of the Hebrides' 1881 p. 23 (ill.).

'Scottish Field' May 1960 pp.37-40 (ills.)

Playfair's drawings (dated 1841-2) at Edinburgh

University Library

RCAHMS Vol 5 no 411

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Listed Buildings

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest and these are selected according to criteria published in the, Annex 2, pp74-76.

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