An 1828 engraving of the House from "Neale's Views of Seats"
House & Family History: The lands of Ardgowan were granted to Sir John Stewart on May 5, 1403 by King Robert III. Sir John was the king's illegitimate son; today's Shaw-Stewart family is descended in the direct male line from Sir John Stewart.
Collections: Ardgowan is noted for its fine collection of portraits.
Garden & Outbuildings: The House is set in the middle of 400 acres of parkland on the south shores of the Firth of Clyde.
John Bernard (J.B.) Burke, published under the title of A Visitation of the Seats and Arms of the Noblemen and Gentlemen of Great Britain and Ireland, among other titles: 2.S. Vol. II, p. 54, 1855.
John Preston (J.P.) Neale, published under the title of Views of the Seats of Noblemen and Gentlemen in England, Wales, Scotland, and Ireland, among other titles: Vol. VI, 1823. Scotland, 1830.
Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
Author: Colvin, Howard
Year Published: 2008
Reference: pgs. 190, 210
Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
Book Type: Hardback
House Listed: Category A
Park Listed: Listed
Seat of: Sir Ludovic Shaw-Stewart 12th Bt.; Shaw-Stewart family here since 1314.
Past Seat of: Sir Michael Shaw-Stewart, 5th Bt., 19th century.
Current Ownership Type: Individual / Family Trust
Primary Current Ownership Use: Private Home
Ownership Details: Available for corporate events, weddings, and small group stays.