Addition and alterations to Morland, Skelmorlie

M076 Addition and alterations to Morland, Skelmorlie

Address: Long Hill, Skelmorlie PA17 5DS
Date: 1892–4; 1895
Client: Laurence Robertson
Authorship: Authorship category 4 (Office) (Office)

Morland, a large red sandstone mansion overlooking the Firth of Clyde, evolved to its present size in stages. The original house dates from 1862. 1 John Honeyman altered and extended it in 1874 for the Glasgow accountant and stockbroker Laurence Robertson, and in 1893–4 John Honeyman & Keppie added a further extension, apparently including a music room. 2 Robertson died in December 1894, and the following year the firm did a small amount of work for his widow involving a marble fender. 3

Authorship: John Keppie attended at least one site meeting with the Robertsons in connection with the 1893–4 extension, and he may have been the partner in charge of the job. 4 No evidence that Mackintosh contributed to the design has so far come to light, but there is a minor pencil annotation in his hand in the office records, which suggests he may have been involved with the project in some way. 5

Cost from office job book: Phase 1: 2577 16s 2d; Phase 2: 50 3s 11d

Status: Standing building

Current name: Moreland House

Current use: Residential (2014)

Listing category: B

Historic Scotland/HB Number: 7288

RCAHMS Site Number: NS16NE 28

Grid Reference: NS 19397 68174

GPS coordinates: lat = 55.872783, lng = -4.888239 (Map)

Notes:

1: Rob Close and Anne Riches, Buildings of Scotland: Ayrshire and Arran, New Haven, CT, and London: Yale University Press, 2012, p. 613.

2: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie job book, GLAHA 53059, pp. 208–11.

3: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie / Honeyman, Keppie & Mackintosh job book, GLAHA 53061, pp. 139–40.

4: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie visit book, GLAHA 53060, p. 27.

5: The Hunterian, University of Glasgow: John Honeyman & Keppie visit book, GLAHA 53060, p. 27.