DiCamillo Companion

Camis Eskan

  • Earlier Houses: There is an earlier house of the Dennistouns, still extant, on the east side of Colgrain.

    Built / Designed For: John Dennistoun

    House & Family History: Edward, Prince of Wales, and Mrs. Simpson (who was a descendant of the Dennistoun family) supposedly stayed at Camis Eskan in the 1930s. During World War II the House was requisitioned by the government and used as a hospital for Polish Army casualties. In 1946 the Campbell family sold Camis Eskan to Dunbartonshire County Council, who used it for a hospital, initially for TB patients, and later as a geriatric hospital. Post World War II the grounds were used as a homeless camp. In 1979 a developer turned the house into eight flats, while simultaneously converting some of the outbuildings into three coach houses.

  • Architect: David Hamilton

    Date: 1840
    Designed: Remodeled House

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    Architect: Alexander Nisbet Paterson

    Date: 1915
    Designed: Substantially remodeled House

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  • 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: 2.S. Vol. V, 1829.

  • House Listed: Category B

    Park Listed: Not Listed

  • Past Seat / Home of: John Dennistoun, 17th century; James Dennistoun, 19th century; Dennistoun family here 1351 until 1836. Colin Campbell, 19th century; Campbell family here until 1946.

    Current Ownership Type: Flat Owners Company / Condo Association

    Primary Current Ownership Use: Flats / Multi Family

    Ownership Details: House is divided into eight flats, with three coach houses in outbuildings.

  • House Open to Public: No

    Historic Houses Member: No