Design for Carrick Church

M061 Design for Carrick Church

Address: Carrick Castle
Date: 1891–2
Client: Unknown
Authorship: Authorship category 4 (Office) (Office)

Colour photograph of exterior of Carrick Church

Carrick Castle is an isolated settlement on the W. shore of Loch Goil. In the later 19th century it became popular with well-to-do summer visitors from Glasgow, who in due course wished to build a church. By August 1891 a site had been given, and sufficient money had been raised for the church's promoters to envisage completion the following year. 1 The church opened in July 1892, 2 a simple prefabricated structure of corrugated iron on a timber frame. However, there is evidence that unexecuted plans for a more ambitious building were prepared by John Honeyman & Keppie. Under the heading 'Carrick Ch. Carrick Castle', their job book gives a full list of competitive tenders dated 19 October 1891, for a masonry building with a slated roof costing almost £1000. 3 There is no visual record of this design. No payments are recorded in the job book, and the scheme was presumably rejected by the clients in favour of the cheaper prefabricated option. The iron and timber church has itself been ascribed to John Honeyman & Keppie. 4 Certainly the firm was paid £13 13s 0d by the Carrick Church committee on 12 December 1892, which may have been in connection either with the abandoned design or with the iron church. 5

Authorship: This is one of over 270 jobs carried out in the office of Honeyman & Keppie (Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh from 1901) during Mackintosh's time there. Mackintosh undoubtedly worked on many of these, but there is no specific evidence for his involvement in this case.

Status: Unbuilt

Grid Reference: NS 19174 95082

GPS coordinates: lat = 56.114149, lng = -4.909896   (Map)


1: Glasgow Herald, 24 August 1891, p. 8.

2: Glasgow Herald, 12 July 1892, p. 7.

3: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie job book, GLAHA 53059, pp. 164–6.

4: Frank Arneil Walker and Fiona Sinclair, Buildings of Scotland: Argyll and Bute, London: Penguin, 2000, p. 178.

5: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh / Keppie Henderson cash book, 1889–1917, GLAHA 53079, p. 19.