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Saddell House,fort 450m north east of

A Scheduled Monument in South Kintyre, Argyll and Bute

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.5325 / 55°31'56"N

Longitude: -5.4959 / 5°29'45"W

OS Eastings: 179485

OS Northings: 632077

OS Grid: NR794320

Mapcode National: GBR DGT2.TLN

Mapcode Global: WH0LT.K64L

Entry Name: Saddell House,fort 450m NE of

Scheduled Date: 13 December 1974

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM3539

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Prehistoric domestic and defensive: fort (includes hill and promontory fort)

Location: Saddell and Skipness

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: South Kintyre

Traditional County: Argyllshire

Description

Dated 1815. Palladian merchant laird?s house comprising 2-storey 3-bay principal block with entrance elevation to W, flanked to N and S by single storey 2-bay pavilions; formal arrangement of walled enclosures linking to byre and store to NE; single storey booth situated at shorefront to W. Random rubble walls with polished, stugged and droved sandstone dressings.

PRINCIPAL BLOCK: W (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: symmetrical, double-doored porch with narrow window to E at ground in centre bay, fronting entrance door with lintel inscribed GS 1815; regular fenestration in flanking bays and at 1st floor (partially collapsed 1997).

S GABLE: blank.

E (REAR) ELEVATION: asymmetrical 3-bay elevation with large stair window in centre bay, and door at ground in left bay only.

N GABLE: single window to left at 1st floor.

Random rubble gablehead stacks with stugged sandstone dressings and stone copes; sandstone ashlar skew copes with bracketted skewputts.

S PAVILION: 2-bay W elevation with door in bay to left and window in bay to right; single window centring E (rear) elevation; rubble stack to S gable.

N PAVILION: mirrored image of S pavilion, but with false gablehead stack to S gable.

WALLS, BYRE AND STORE: formal arrangement of random rubble walled enclosures to each side of house; low garden wall to W of principal elevation with single square pier of former central gateway surviving. Paddock to NE bounded to S by long 2-chamber byre. Small store at NE corner with doorway in W elevation and slit ventilators in N elevation.

BOOTH: random rubble store with entrance door and window centred in S and N gables respectively, ventilators in side elevations.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Sources

Bibliography

Fetlar Interpretive Centre FETLAR: THE LAIRDS AND THEIR ESTATES (1993) p9. Mike Finnie SHETLAND (1990) p79.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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