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Historic Buildings of Buteshire, Scotland

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Historic Buildings of Buteshire


Now in Argyll and Bute

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The object of this project is to provide information about historic buildings in the county of Buteshire, with links to sub-projects for specific buildings as appropriate. GENi profiles of people associated with those establishments can be linked to this project and/or to individual projects where they have been set up.

Historic Buildings of Buteshire

... in alphabetical order

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Including Castles, Abbeys, Manor Houses, Mansions, Stately Homes, Country houses, Estate houses, Courts, Halls, Parks and other listed buildings of historic interest


  • Ascog House


  • Brodick Castle










  • Kames Castle ❊ - castellated mansion house on the Isle of Bute. On the shore of Kames Bay near Port Bannatyne, the castle consists of a 14th-century tower, with a house built on it in the 18th Century. Originally the seat of the Bannatyne family, Kames is one of the oldest continuously inhabited houses in Scotland. Sir William Macleod Bannatyne (Lord Bannatyne) (1743–1833) was a distinguished lawyer and judge in Edinburgh. He lost his fortune and was forced to sell Kames in 1812. James Hamilton bought Kames Castle in 1812. Kames was the birthplace, and early home of the critic and essayist John Sterling. Thomas Carlyle in his biography refers to the castle as 'a kind of dilapidated baronial residence to which a small farm was then attached'. In the mid to late 20th century, Kames was a local authority children's home. Today the castle is privately occupied with a number of cottages available as holiday lets.
  • Kelspoke Castle
  • Kildonan
  • Kilmory Castle - Castellated house. 19th century. Now incorporated into Meikle Kilmory Farm, Bute


  • Little Cumbrae Castle
  • Lochranza Castle


  • Montford House ❊ - about 1850. Rothesay Henry Stuart (1808-1880) apparently lived at Montford House on the island of Bute.
  • Mount Stuart House ❊ on the east coast of the Isle of Bute, Neo-Gothic country house with extensive gardens. Mount Stuart was designed by Sir Robert Rowand Anderson for the John Patrick Chrichton-Stuart, 3rd Marquess of Bute in the late 1870s, to replace an earlier house by Alexander McGill, which burnt down in 1877. The original house was built in 1719 by the John Crichton-Stuart, 2nd Earl of Bute, After his earlier creations of Cardiff Castle and Castell Coch in Cardiff, the Marquess imported many of the builders and workman he had already used in South Wales.






  • Rothesay Castle - Shell keep, 13th century. Ruined






  • Wester Kames Castle ❊ - Wester Kames Castle. Tower house. Late 16th century. Still in use as a residence. Much restored from ground floor up by architect Robert Weir Schulz for the Marquis of Bute, 1897-1900. A small line of tiles indicates the old from the new.

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