DiCamillo Companion

Ballochmyle House

  • Earlier Houses: The current house is probably built on a site originally occupied by a tower house.

    Built / Designed For: Allan Whitefoorde

    House & Family History: Ballochmyle, as originally built, was a smaller red sandstone version of Dumfries House. The central block was only five bays long, with pavilions of three bays. Between 1887 and 1888 the House was extensively remodeled for Sir Claud Alexander, 1st Bt. in a Jacobean style, leaving it a different house, with little of its original character intact. When Sir Claud died in 1899, the House was let until 1939, when the government acquired the Estate for use as a hospital. During World War II pavilion-style buildings were erected around Ballochmyle, with the big house itself used mainly for staff accommodation and administration. The operation of the hospital was transferred to a local hospital board on the creation of the National Health Service in 1948 and Ballochmyle continued to serve as a civilian hospital. In 2000 Ballochmyle Hospital was closed and the surrounding buildings demolished, while the House fell into disrepair. In 2006 Ardgowan Homes built luxury homes in the grounds; in 2007 the House was converted into luxury flats. Ballochmyle was the home of Wilhelmina Alexander, famous as the bonnie lass of Robert Burns's "The Bonnie Lass o'Ballochmyle."

  • Architect: John Adam

    Date: Circa 1760
    Designed: House for Allan Whitefoorde

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    Architect: William Adam, Sr.

    Date: 1740s
    Designed: May have drawn-up designs for the House
    (Attribution of this work is uncertain)
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    Architect: Hew Montgomery Wardrop

    Date: 1887-88
    Designed: Alterations and additions for Sir Claud Alexander, 1st Bt.

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  • Vitruvius Scoticus: Adam, W., pl. 63, 1810.

  • Title: Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1600-1840, A - HARDBACK
    Author: Colvin, Howard
    Year Published: 2008
    Reference: pg. 43
    Publisher: New Haven: Yale University Press
    ISBN: 9780300125085
    Book Type: Hardback

  • House Listed: Category B

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: Allan Whitefoorde (Whiteford), 1760-67. Sir Claud Alexander, 1st Bt., 1888-99; Alexander family here until circa 1945.

    Current Ownership Type: Flat Owners Company / Condo Association

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Flats / Multi Family

    Ownership Details: House divided into flats in 2007

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No