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Thom's Water Cuts, aqueduct (drain), Scalpsie to Loch Quien

A Scheduled Monument in Isle of Bute, Argyll and Bute

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.7879 / 55°47'16"N

Longitude: -5.0963 / 5°5'46"W

OS Eastings: 205962

OS Northings: 659291

OS Grid: NS059592

Mapcode National: GBR FFSD.Y53

Mapcode Global: WH1LS.PSD9

Entry Name: Thom's Water Cuts, aqueduct (drain), Scalpsie to Loch Quien

Scheduled Date: 5 January 1998

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM7115

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Industrial: inland water

Location: North Bute

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Isle of Bute

Traditional County: Buteshire

Description

John Keppie of Honeyman, Keppie and Mackintosh, 1906 for

Glasgow City Improvement Trust. Long 4-storey tenement with

altered shops at ground floor. Astylar with Art Nouveau

detailing. Red ashlar. Staircase in outer bays giving access

to open rear access balconies with metal handrails. 3

repeating sections with flanking splayed bays set in

pilastered recesses under stylised segmental pediments; 2

single-light bays with City of Glasgow coat of arms, dated

1907, to centre of each section. Stacks flanked by convex

parapets with metal handrails; Open pediments and keyblocks

to entrances. Grilled openings coupled in giant recesses with

swags over. Keyblocked, arched upper windows in rectangular

surrounds and gablets rising through balustrades. Modillion

cornice to shops with glazed fanlights. Ground floor

treatment repeated in Cowcaddens Street. Corner with circular

tower wth slated dome; moulded cornice with cartouches. 1 bay

of paired lights under stylised segmental pediment links

stair tower to corner turret on Hope Street; 3 bays to

Cowcaddens Street with end pedimented bay.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance because it forms part of a series of aqueducts, or water-cuts, designed by the distinguished Scots engineer, Robert Thom. He died, and was buired, in Rothesay. The aqueducts and dam were constructed between 1811 and 1822 to provide a workable water-supply to Thom's cotton mills in Rothesay, and the ingenius way in which he wrung every last drop of water from off the landscape of central Bute is physically demonstrated by these remains and a lasting testimony to one of Scotland's notable engineers and inventors.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

S.R. Archives, D of G 2/1234.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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