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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.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: B
  • Date Added: 22/07/1974


  • Local Authority: Argyll And Bute
  • Planning Authority: Argyll And Bute
  • Parish: Cardross

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNS 33814 79224
  • Coordinates233814, 679224


Mid 19th century, towering 3-storey, L-plan Baronial house built onto and dwarfing earlier 18th century T-plan house which now forms kitchen wing. Squared and snecked honey-coloured sandstone with ashlar margins and dressings; rubble kitchen wing; crowstepped gables.

S (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: L-plan with 3-stage circular tower set in re-entrant angle. TOWER: basket-arched door with roll-moulding, consoled corniced, flanking narrow windows. Windows symmetrically disposed at each stage, that at upper floor with strapwork detail; small windows at outer left and right at attic; eaves cornice candlesnuffer roof, lead finials.

Broad bay advanced to outer left, centre bay advanced, window at ground, tripartite window with stone mullions at principal floor, upper floor slightly jettied with crowstepped gable breaking over window, strapwork details.

W ELEVATION: 3-storey block with crowstepped gabled advanced bay to left, square bay window from ground to 1st floor, mutuled cornice, lead roof; single window in gablehead, strapwork detail over. Corbelled turret in re-entrant angle to right, blind arrowslit, eaves cornice; fish-scale tiles, lead finials. Gable to right with windows symmetrically disposed from ground to 1st floor. Service block to outer left.

SERVICE WING: earlier 18th century range (former house) Baronial mansion at S end. 2-storey and attic. Rubble with harl-pointing ashlar margins and dressings; later alterations, cement margins; painted on part of E elevation.

E ELEVATION: narrow wing to S attached to later house; screen wall attached to piend-roofed blocks forms court effect to left of wing. Wing off-centre to right, small window to left with piend-roofed block at ground; altered windows on left and right returns, door in corner of left return. Block to left with 2 openings at ground, that to right former door now blocked as window; and with lintel inscribed "AB 1766". 2 bay block to right of wing; lean-to at ground; 2 piend-roofed dormers symmetrically disposed; narrow gabled bay to outer left against Baronial house with later piend-roofed single storey block in front; screen wall forms court effect on this elevation.

W ELEVATION: long range; rubble with cement margins and later additions. 4 bays asymmetrically disposed. Crowstepped dormerhead to outer left and right, that to right enlarged to door with window at ground, small window at ground to left. 20th century rendered, piend-roofed oriel to left, rubble gabled porch advanced at ground, window to left.

N ELEVATION: gable with window at 1st floor outer left.

12-pane and plate glass timber sash and case windows; grey slate roof, lead flashings; grey slate roof, lead coping and ball finials to candlesnuffer roofs.

STABLE BLOCK: earlier to mid 19th century L-plan rubble stable block with stugged ashlar margins and dressings. Crowstep gabled coach house and hayloft with segmental-headed coach arch, boarded 2-leaf doors; crowstep gabled hoist door above; window in gablehead of return to left. Lower 2-bay stable wing with 2 doors symmetrically disposed, boarded 2-leaf door.

Slate roof, lead flashings, rooflight on lower wing.

WALLED GARDEN: 18th century large walled garden to E of house. Rubble wall with harl pointing. Whinstone and sandstone rubble with ashlar slab coping; rubble buttresses. Lean-to painted brick sheds, corrugated roofs against N wall.

Statement of Special Interest

Drumhead was built by the Buchanan-Dunlop family in early 18th century. The lodges to Drumhead are listed separately.



F A Walker and F Sinclair NORTH CLYDE ESTUARY (1992), p61. Arthur F Jones CARDROSS THE VILLAGE IN DAYS GONE BY (1985), p86.

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