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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: C
  • Date Added: 23/02/1996


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

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNS 34222 79548
  • Coordinates234222, 679548


Later 19th century farmhouse built onto early 19th century cottage and steading. Single storey and attic, 3-bay rectangular-plan farmhouse with long single storey rectangular-plan steading at rear forming long T-plan. House harled and whitewashed; steading whitewashed rubble.

SW ELEVATION: single storey and attic. Boarded door at centre, letterbox fanlight; flanking windows. Gabled dormerheads symmetrically disposed above.

SE (ROAD) ELEVATION: gable of farmhouse to left with lower wing adjoining earlier building. Long elevation, originally with cottage at left end, outbuildings to right; now 8 bays outer right end of steading collapsed. Small plain openings; ridge stacks at left end.

NW (REAR) ELEVATION: rubble with lower single storey gabled wing to outer right.

Windows now all boarded. Grey slate roof, some repatching.

Statement of Special Interest

This modest farmhouse and steading is listed for its historical connections with the innovative aviator Percy Sinclair Pilcher. Low Auchencail was the site from which Pilcher made his later flying experiments using the Bat, a glider built by Pilcher and his sister Ella in lodgings in Glasgow?s West end. The method of launching was to run downhill against the wind and take short jumps and Low Auchensail?s prominent location made this possible. He had earlier carried out gliding experiments at Wallacetown Farm in Cardross. Pilcher was killed in his glider "The Hawk" in 1899 at Stanford Hall, Kent.



"Another Icarus" Philip Jarrett (Smithsonian). Information from Professor Duglad Cameron Glasgow School of Art.

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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.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

Enquiries relating to works to listed buildings should be made to the local authority in the first instance. Listed building consent is required for works which a local authority considers will affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest and local authorities also decide if listed building consent is required.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The local authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see

Legislation introduced on 1 October 2015 allows us to state that: an object or structure fixed to the listed building; any object or structure within the curtilage of the listed building; and, any part or feature of the listed building that is not of architectural or historic interest may be excluded from a listing. If part of your building is not listed under the new legislation, the part will be excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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