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Tarbolton, Sandgate Street, Burns Bachelors' Club


Site Name Tarbolton, Sandgate Street, Burns Bachelors' Club

Classification Club

Alternative Name(s) Montgomerie Street

Canmore ID 42719

Site Number NS42NW 19

NGR NS 43111 27184

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
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Administrative Areas

  • Council South Ayrshire
  • Parish Tarbolton
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District Kyle And Carrick
  • Former County Ayrshire

Archaeology Notes

NS42NW 19 43111 27184

(NS 4310 2717) Bachelors' Club, Tarbolton: a 17th century thatched cottage of two storeys where Robert Burns and his friends formed their Bachelors' Club in 1780. It was renovated and re-thatched in 1971.

R Prentice 1976

As described and open to the public.

Visited by OS (JRL) 17 November 1980.

Architecture Notes


Owners: National Trust for Scotland.

Non-Guardian Sites Plan Collection, DC28796, 1938.

Photographed on behalf of the Buildings of Scotland publications.



Field Visit (4 August 2015)

NS 43113 27186 17th century with later alterations, two-storey house, which is now owned by the National Trust for Scotland. The notes of the listed building description for the house reads that the ‘property was acquired by the National Trust [for Scotland] in 1938 and formally opened in 1951’ and ‘was renovated and re-thatched in 1971’. The roof is thatched in reed and has a raised straw ridge. The entire roof has been netted, including across the ridge, and has been boxed in with timber underneath the eaves along the front elevation. Along the rear elevation, where the entrance to the museum is located, there is what appears to be guttering installed underneath the eaves. The thatch has deteriorated somewhat and the surface of the thatch is therefore uneven. There is also a small amount of mossy vegetation growth on the surface of the thatch, as well as some small plants growing near the skews and some loose pieces of thatch, particularly along the ridge.

Visited by Zoe Herbert (SPAB) 04 August 2015, survey no.204


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