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House (Period Unassigned)

Site Name Crosslee

Classification House (Period Unassigned)

Alternative Name(s) Crosslie House

Canmore ID 197633

Site Number NS46NW 60

NGR NS 40763 65871

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Renfrewshire
  • Parish Houston
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Renfrew
  • Former County Renfrewshire

Architecture Notes

NS46NW 60

Crosslee House is depicted on the OS 2nd Edition map (Renfrewshire, sheet VII, 1914). It has since been demolished.

Information from RCAHMS (TIC), October 2001.


Scottish Records Office

Completion of the work at Crosslie House

Letter: James B Lamb, Architect, Paisley to John Holmes, Writer.

he considered the work on the offices satisfactory except for one minor item.

26 May GD 148/401/17

1873 (Cunninghame of Craigends)

Schedules and specifications for the alterations at Crosslie House are required from Mr Baird, Architect,

by Mr Robert Jeffrey. Mr Jeffrey intends to make an appointment to see Mr [John] Baird when he is in Glasgow.

1 November GD 148/401/24

1873 (Cunninghame of Craigends)

Alterations, repairs and redecoration at Crosslie House.

Letters: Robert Jeffrey to John Holmes. Writer . He will renew his tenancy for 11 years on certain conditions. He wishes the parlour increased in size by the removal of a range of closets, a new door made to allow entry from the lobby to the backroom, the door at the stairfoot removed 'and opened up to the same width as the lobby and increased in height' and the rooms papered or painted. He wishes permission also to erect vineries, conservatories or glass houses.

29 September GD 148/401/18 and 19


Alterations at Crosslie House.

Letter from John Baird, architect, Glasgow, to John Holmes, Writer.

He gives a rough estimate of the cost of alterations at Crosslie House required by Mr Robert Jeffrey. Put out to tender

he believes the outlay would be #70.

2 October GD 148/401/20


Completion of work on Crosslee property, part of which has been damaged by fire.

The total cost amounts to #260.9.11 and the Architect's fee is #9.10.0.

Letter: Peter Kerr, Civil Engineer, Architect and Surveyor, Johnstone.

5 March GD 148/400/30


Lease of Crosslie House and estimates for alterations.

Letter from James Reid, Union Bank to John Cunningham of Craigends.

The estimate for alterations is #70 and for painting #38.17.0.

The terms of the lease to Mr Robert Jeffrey depend upon the work being carried out.

8 October GD 148/401/22


Alterations and repairs to Mansion House. Report by John Baird, Architect, on condition of the offices.

Estimate & Schedule. Covering note - apparently for plans from John Holmes.

1869-1873 GD 148/401

Particulars of the accommodation of Crosslie House.

The house has 3 floors and 'a sunk flat'.

The Ground Floor includes a Large Entrance Hall and a Large Library

(formerly two rooms converted into one) and the First Floor comprises

Dining Room, Drawing Room and Bedroom.

The offices consist of coachman's house, stable, coachhouse and

2 conservatories.


ND GD 148/401/25

Condition of the offices at Crosslie House.

Unfavourable report from John Baird, Architect, 112 W Regent Street

Glasgow, to John Holmes. He reports that the offices are in a

dangerous state and recommends the erection of 'a set of offices

more suitable in size for the house.' He also suggests some alterations

to the Lodge such as changing the entrance door to the front so that it

faces the avenue. He leaves Mr Burns who accompanied him to explain

more fully.

Letter and a copy 2 February

1869 GD 148/401/1 and 2

Repair of the offices at Crosslie House.

Letter: James Baird, Glengarnock Iron Works, Kilbirnie to John Holmes,


It accompanied a plan of Crosslie offices and an estimate of #320 to repair them.

27 September GD 148/401/6


Repair of the offices at Crosslie House.

Letter: John Holmes, Writer to Robert Jeffrey

It accompanied plan, conditions of work and schedules of masonry,

joiner and slater work.

14 May GD 148/401/15


Repair to the offices at Crosslie House.

Letter: James Baird, Glengarnock Iron Works, Kilbirnie to

John Holmes, Writer.

He wishes another architect employed because he is soon to go to

England and would therefore not see the work completed.

27 February

1872 GD 148/401/10

Condition of the offices at Crosslie House.

Letter from Robert Jeffrey to John Holmes, Writer.

He complains about the state of the offices and threatens to have

them repaired at the Trustee's expense.

1 September GD 148/401/3-5X


Repair of the offices at Crosslie House.

Schedules of Measurement of improvement to be made to offices.

April 1872 GD 148/401/11-4

Sketch of the Granary and outbuildings

[at Crosslie House].

ND GD 148/401/7

Particulars of Accommodation of Crosslie House:-

ON GROUND FLOOR: Large Entrance Hall, Large Library (formerly two Rooms converted into one for the accommodation of the late tenant) Spare Bedroom, with Dressing Room, Lavatory, and W.C. Kitchen with Store Room, Scullery (H & C) Larder.

FIRST FLOOR: Dining Room, Drawing Room, 2 Bedrooms, with Dressing Room and Lavatory.

SECOND FLOOR: 2 Bedrooms and Boxroom

SUNK FLAT: Washinghouse, Laundry and Cellars

The Office consist of Coachman or Gardener's House (2 rooms and kitchen) Stable 3 stalls and loose box, Coach house for 3 carriages, Washing-shed, 2 Conservatories (Stone Built), Dog Kennel (Modern).

The Garden and Grounds extend to 10 acres or thereby, and are beautifully wooded and planted with a fine variety of pines and shrubs.

GD 148/401/25


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