Regatta Preparation

HELENSBURGH NEWS, THURSDAY 9 AUGUST 1883

SHANDON – THE REGATTA

The arrangements for the regatta are now almost completed. There are 15 events on the programme, and as this is the last regatta of the season, a good turn-out of crews is expected.

For the confined four-oared race, three crews are hard at practice, and as they are evenly matched a close race is expected. For the amateur four-oared race four crews have already entered.

The races will start from opposite the Hydropathic Establishment.

HELENSBURGH NEWS, THURSDAY 23 AUGUST 1883

SHANDON – REGATTA

This event, which takes place here on Saturday first, is looked forward to with great interest.

The money prizes offered are most inviting, and already the entries are very numerous, the Secretary, up to Monday, having received no fewer than 31 for swimming alone, and he is certain of a great many more. The sailing and rowing matches will also be well contested, and this being the last regatta for the season in the district, it will decide the championship of the Gareloch.

The committee are desirous that the day should be observed as a general holiday, and we see no reason why arrangements could not be made for carrying out the views of those who devoted so much time in getting up a most pleasant day’s pastime.

In addition to the events published for sometime, it has been agreed, as will be seen from our advertising columns, that good prizes be offered for an extra lugsail race for boats not exceeding 20 feet keel. Altogether, the arrangements are most complete, and should the elements prove favourable, there is sure to be a large turnout of spectators.

The course has been fixed from opposite the Hydropathic (a better could not be found in any loch in Scotland), and spectators can have a fine view from the high battery.

Sale of the Shandon collection part 5

Dear blog reader

Here is the fifth part of the series on the sale of the contents of West Shandon House, also known as the Shandon collection. Enjoy.

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THE SCOTSMAN THURSDAY 17 MAY 1877

THE SHANDON SALE

LONDON WEDNESDAY MAY 16

This sale, which has now reached its eleventh day, was better attended this afternoon, a considerable number of people being present, especially when the ivories were sold. The watches and snuff-boxes again sold well, and a fine ivory tankard reached, as will be seen, the somewhat sensational price of 870 gs. The following were the principal lots.

The sale began with a miniature Venus at the Bath, which went for £2 12s 6d. A portrait of Mary Queen of Scots went to Mr Lawrie for £1 18s, and one of James, Duke of Hamilton, on vellum, to Mr Bohn, for £4 10s; the same gentleman buying James Graham, Marquis of Montrose, for £6. Four serpents, in a case, went to Mr Lawrie for £12 10s, and ‘Hope’, after Sir J Reynolds, at £5 15s. A miniature ivory, by Antissier, fetched £5 2s 6d. A portrait of Sir Christopher Wren, oval miniature, by Bernard Lens, with his initials, was bought by Mr Bohn at £12. A small case, containing four water-colour miniatures, went at £2 5s. A miniature on ivory of Sir Walter Scott, by Landseer, ran to £15. An oval miniature of a French lady, from the Bernal Collection, in ormolu frame, went to Mr Bohn for £9, and a portrait of a gentleman followed at 4gs.

Gems, etc, came next – the first, a nymph on onyx, going for 4 1/2gs, and the second, a cameo of a nymph by Girometti, mounted as a ring, for 6 1/2gs. Perseus and a lion, on onyx intaglio, as a ring, fetched £2 4s, and the next lot, onyx cameo, as a brooch, £8 10s. Four gold rings together (1862) brought £3 5s, and the following four the same price. A head of Christ, cameo in bloodstone, being cleverly cut, showing the drops of blood, fetched 5gs, and a female head, a topaz cameo, £4, both being bought by Mr Pike. A silver ring, and an octagonal plaque of rock crystal, two lots together, realised 4 1/2gs, and a head of Ariadne, cameo on onyx, by Santarelli, 5 1/2gs. A very small pendant, with an enamelled gold Madonna in rock crystal, fetched £2 15s. Venus and Cupid, a large intaglio, in onyx, went at £2 5s, and a similar one, surrounded by moss agates, at £3 12s 6d. A head of Silenus, a large cameo in rosso antico, fetched £3 15s; and an intaglio in brown sand, with the combat of the Centaurs and Lapithae, £3 10s, going to Mr Denman. A round plaque of rock crystal went for 5gs, and a cameo onyx with head of Cleopatra, set in gold, was run up to £15 10s. A red sardonyx ring sold for £2 12s 6d, the next for £2 15s, and one in brown sand, from the Poniatowski collection, for £3. Another sard with an onyx cameo (1884), fetched £2 10s.

Some more watches were then offered, the first lot, a gold watch, by Scott, being absent, and the second, a small old French carriage watch, going for £4 2s 6d. A small silver watch formed as a cross, by G Cocque, date 1604, ran up to ten gs, and a large antique silver-gilt clock watch with bell, to £11. An antique watch, presented by Charles II to Evelyn, fetched £17 going to Mr Lawrie. An antique watch in rock crystal case sold for 10 1/2gs, and an old French watch, in chased gold case, enamelled dial, was run up to £40, going to Mr Wertheimer. A repeating watch, in gold case, enamelled, silver hands, set with sparks, made by Justin-Vullaimy, a beautiful watch, went to Mr Joseph for 70gs. An English gold watch, by Hodges, fetched £7 10s, and an antique watch, in octagon gilt metal case, 5gs. A small antique watch, in spherical case of rock crystal, went for 10gs, and one formed like an acorn for 5gs. A watch by Harman, London (1906), brought £6; and a gold watch by H Bish, London, in chased and pierced case, was bought by Mr Denman for 10gs. A small watch by Allen, in onyx case, fetched 12gs, and a repeater by Cabrier, London, £12 5s. A watch in gold case, by Windmill, with enamels realised 15gs. The last watch to-day, a gold repeater in case chased with Venue and Adonis, and gold chatelaine scent-bottle and seal, was soon knocked down for £76.

More snuff-boxes came next. The first, of Battersea enamel, for the head of a cane, said to have belonged to Garrick, fetching 5gs, and the second, an oval Dresden one, 7gs. A circular bonbonniere, of white porcelain, inlaid with flowers and gold pique work, fetched £12 10s, and an oval tortoiseshell box, with silver chasing, 9gs. An oblong box of yellow horn, inlaid with figures, ran up to 13 1/2gs. An oblong silver gilt bird box, with a Swiss view, sold for £14, and one of tortoise-shell, inlaid with pique, silver mounted for £2 10s. A box made from the yew tree planted by Mary Queen of Scots at Crookston Castle, went for £5 10s; and the next lots, a round horn box and ivory patch box, were sold together for £4 10s. A round gold box, formed of a watch case, enamelled, realised 5 1/2gs, and one with Christ and the Virgin on the back, 26gs. A Dresden porcelain box, mounted in gold, sold for £11, and then an old French gold box, enamelled and set with pearls, with a small watch in the centre, ran up to £52. An Italian enamelled box fetched £3 7s 6d, and a small-shaped gold box, a lion on the top, went to £10. An old French circular box, with a miniature of Madame Elizabeth, was bought for 10 guneas, and then an oval gold box, the lid formed of a Sevres plaque, ran up to 9gs. An oval crystal, gold mounted, realised 36gs, going to Mr Loewenstein. An oblong mother-of-pearl box fetched £6 15s. A circular box, mounted with various stones, was sold for 18gs to Mr Boore. A fine Louis XV round agate box, gold-mounted, went up to £25. A circular box of matrix of amethyst, with a cameo, pearls and gold for flowers on the lid, fetched £31 10s.

More carvings in ivory then followed, the first two lots going together for £1 15s. A statuette of a boy holding a palette realised 20gs. A small flask, of Persian work, sold for £1 18s, and another for £1 2s, while a German one realised £6 10s. A blotting-book of carved open work, with foliage, nymphs and Cupids, went to Mr Lawrie for 32gs. An oval casket, with wreaths of oak leaves, from the International Exhibition of 1862, fetched £12. An oblong casket from the same, with roses in high relief, went for 11gs; a bust of Louis Philippe for 2gs; and one of Lord Brougham for £3 10s. The Rape of the Sabines, a Flemish carving in relief, 9 1/2 inches long by 5 inches high, was knocked down for 110 gs to Mr Marks. An allegorical group of four figures, showing Death carrying off an infant from its mother, ran to 52 gs. A tankard in frieze of amorini, mounted in respousse silver, was sold for 24gs. Abraham dismissing Hagar and Ishmael, a carving in high relief, 4 1/4 by 3 1/2 inches, signed by Ruremonde, ran to 29gs; Samson and the Lion, in high relief, 4 inches by 3 inches, fetched 15 1/2 gs. The infant Saviour and St John, carved in high relief, 17th century, 5 1/2 inches by 4 inches, realised 23 gs, and was bought by Mr Lawrie. A tankard carved with tritons and sea nymphs, mounted in silver gilt, went to Mr Lowenstein at £30, and another, not catalogued, ran up to £70, and was bought by Mr White. A large tankard, carved with marine and other deities, in high relief, soon mounted to 72 guineas, going to Mr Marks. The next, a cup carved with Baccahanalian figures, realised 70 guineas. A group of two wrestling amorini, seventeenth century work, about four inches high, fetched 31gs. A tankard, carved with a frieze of Bacchanais, mounted in silver gilt, 18th century, realised 45s, and the companion, with a frieze of children, dogs, stags and boars, 30gs. In the last lot to-day, a fine tankard with ivory cover, handle and mountings of silver gilt, richly carved body and cover, from the Duchess of Cleveland’s collection, exhibited at the Loan Exhibition Collection, South Kensington, was knocked down for 870gs to Mr Wertheimer.

The total to-day was £2690, bringing the whole sum at present received up to £40,469.

Sale of Shandon Hydro

Dear blog reader

As my regular readers will know, most of my blog posts about the Hydro are about the sale of the contents of West Shandon prior to conversion into the Hydro or about events held at the Hydro during its life as a hotel.

Below is something different, an article from 1936 when the Hydro was sold.

I hope you find it interesting

Jacqueline

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THE SCOTSMAN SATURDAY 2ND MAY 1936

PROPERTY MARKET

SHANDON HYDROPATHIC FOR SALE

Shandon Hotel, the well-known hydropathic, is coming on to the market, and has been placed in the hands of Walker, Fraser & Steele, the Glasgow and Edinburgh estate agents.

The property occupies a fine situation on the shores of the Gareloch. The mansion-house, an Elizabethan edifice, was commenced in 1851 as the seat of Mr Robert Napier the noted marine engineer. After his death, its collection of art treasures was sold in London, and the mansion itself converted into a hydropathic establishment, being enlarged by the addition of Turkish and swimming baths etc.

There is a magnificent suite of reception rooms, about 130 bedrooms (of which approximately 100 are fitted with running water), salt water swimming pools, Russian and Turkish baths, and covered tennis courts. The local railway station on the London and North Eastern Railway system is nearby. The grounds extend to over 60 acres, providing all kinds of outdoor sports.

Messrs Walker, Fraser & Steele, who have been instructed to market the property by Messrs West, Anderson & Murdoch, solicitors, Glasgow, intimate that they do not intend to place Shandon to auction. They will invite private offers for the place more or less as it stands, including all the furnishings and fittings etc.

Wet Weather Entertainment

HELENSBURGH NEWS, THURSDAY 8 SEPTEMBER 1892

SHANDON

‘BALL POUDRE’ AT SHANDON HYDROPATHIC

The disagreeable wet weather has had the effect of making the numerous guests in this establishment seek out entertainment for themselves, with the aid of the resident staff.

On Friday evening a grand ‘ball poudre’ was devised and carried out with great effect – flowers, plants, flags, and little bits of beauty decorating the large hall of the house.

Mr Evans, the hairdresser from Helensburgh, with assistants from Glasgow, were busy from an early hour in the afternoon, in two rooms set apart for the purpose, with wigs, powder, paint and patches, preparing the guests ‘in ye style of ye days of the seventeenth century’.

The large company presented a most interesting and attractive appearance, moving with graceful manner among the gay trappings of the hall, and all looked happy in their gorgeous costumes – the ladies, of course, demanding the first consideration.

The dance opened at nine o’clock, and, after a pleasant evening’s enjoyment, the guests retired about 2.30am.

Ordination of Reverend Hugh Miller

HELENSBURGH NEWS, THURSDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 1882

SHANDON

FREE CHURCH ORDINATION AT SHANDON

The ordination of the Rev Hugh Miller, MA, to the pastoral charge of this Church took place on Tuesday.

There was a large congregation, and the Rev John Elder, Arrochar, preached and presided. At the close of service the young minister received a hearty welcome from the members of the Church.

In the afternoon the Presbytery and office-bearers dined in the Shandon Hydropathic. A soiree was held in the Church in the evening. Rev Mr Ireland, Garelochhead, presided, and suitable addresses were given by Ref Professor Lindsay, DD, and others. Mr McLellan, Blairvaddich, in the name of the ladies, presented the new minister with a pulpit Bible and a handsome gown. Mr Miller made a suitable reply.

On Sabbath the newly-ordained pastor will be introduced by the Rev Dr Elder, Rothesay.

Shandon Valuation Roll 1875

Dear blog reader

Welcome to the third part in a series, a list of the people, with house names where known, who were connected with Shandon in 1875.

In 1875 Shandon had 32 households, this is the exact same number as the 32 households in 1865 which had been a growth of 4 households from the 28 households in 1855.

Hopefully those of you with ancestors from Shandon will find this list useful.

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John Barr
Mrs Campbell, Summerhill
Archibald Cochrane, Chapelburn Cottage
John Black Cowan
Alexander Cowan, Glenfeulan
Miss Cunningham, Woodburn House
Reverend Francis Patrick Fleming, Glenfeulan
Mrs Gibson, Summerhill
James Hamilton, Summerhill
John Harley, Summerhill
Mrs Fanny C Hartley
William Jamieson
David Johnstone, Croy
Duncan Keith, Summerhill
John James Kerr, Ardjare [Ardgare]
Mrs Norman MacDonald, Summerhill
James MacGregor, Summerhill
Miss MacKellar
Duncan MacKinlay, Summerhill
Duncan MacKinlay, Woodburn Cottage
Miss MacLellan
Mrs MacLellan, Craigmore [Cragmhor]
Walter MacLellan, Blairvaddick [Blairvaddich]
Professor George H B MacLeod, Finnery [Fuinary]
Doctor George H B MacLeod, Summerhill
Archibald MacPherson, Summerhill
John Mathieson, Ardjare [Ardgare]
Doctor Hugh Millar, Broomfield
Robert Napier
James Reid, Berridale [Berriedale]
Archibald Shaw, Ballernick [Bolernick]












Sacred Music – Original Temple To Mozart

HELENSBURGH NEWS THURSDAY 18 MARCH 1886

SHANDON – THE MUSIC OF THE MASS

On Friday last, Mr Thomas Brash, Helensburgh, delivered a lecture on this subject.

He sketched the interesting and progressive history of the music of the ancient Church of Rome, tracing its origin in the fragments of the old Jewish service of the Temple, and in the subsequent parts of his address Mr Brash devoted himself to the consideration of the works of Haydn, Mozart, and other eminent composers.

A choir illustrated several of the ‘masses’ referred to by Mr Brash in his lecture, and at the conclusion he strongly urged the necessity of improving the style of Church music.

The lecture was a splendid intellectual and musical treat, and was highly appreciated by those who were present.

The Athletic Vallances part 2

Dear blog reader

After the blog post published 5 weeks ago on the vast amount of athletics prizes won by the sons of Mr Vallance the road surveyor, I found some more information which I thought you might also find interesting.

Jacqueline

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HELENSBURGH NEWS THURSDAY 23 FEBRUARY 1882

SHANDON – PRESENTATION

A large number of members and friends of the Rangers’Football Club met on Monday evening last, at Maitland’s Bridge Street Hotel, Glasgow, to present Mr Thomas Vallance jun., their popular president and ex-captain, who left last Tuesday evening for Assam, in the East Indies, to fulfill a responsible engagement for three years as engineer and manager over three tea plantations, with a handsome testimonial, subscribed by the members and principal clubs in Scotland, and England.

Mr Geo. Gillespie, vice-president of the club, who made the presentation, during his remarks alluded to the great work Mr Vallance had done for the club, and said they were losing the best man they ever had, both on the field and as a committee man, Mr Vallance’s opinion always asked for first. Mr Vallance’s place, as a player, will not be easily filled.

As taken from the Football Annual – ‘He is the best back ever Scotland produced’. The evening’s entertainment was brought to a close by the whole company, numbering 200, singing ‘For he is a jolly good fellow’. Mr Vallance was carried shoulder high by a number of his old comrades from the hotel along the street.

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HELENSBURGH NEWS THURSDAY 23 JULY 1885

SHANDON – DUNDEE SPORTS

Mr Alexander Vallance, who has been spending a short holiday at St Andrews, visited the sports at Dundee last Saturday, and carried off several prizes. In the hurdle race (30 yards), he obtained the first prize; and second honours fell to him in the football competition and the one mile race.

There was a large muster of well-known athletes, but Mr Vallance, who has thus added three additional prizes to his already large collection, was able to tale a high position in the results of the important events.

A Cyclist’s Mishap

THE SCOTSMAN SATURDAY 8 NOVEMBER 1924

COURT OF SESSION – OUTER HOUSE (BEFORE LORD ASHMORE AND A JURY)

A CYCLIST’S MISHAP

The trial was concluded of an action by Rufus Mann, carrying on business as a electrical engineer at 82 Commerce Street, Glasgow, and residing at Woodbank Cottage, Shandon, against James Taylor, motor hirer, Helensburgh, for £250 damages for personal injuries.

The pursuer stated on record that on 4th September 1923, he was proceeding on a bicycle along the Shandon-Helensburgh road in the direction of Helensburgh, when a motor omnibus belonging to the defender, and being driven from Helensburgh by his servant, ran into the pursuer and his bicycle.

The pursuer was thrown off his cycle and sustained injuries to his face, right hand, left shoulder, right knee, and right leg, and suffered severe shock. The defender denied fault and pleaded contributory negligence. He stated that when the pursuer came into view of the driver of the charabanc, about 100 yards away, the pursuer was proceeding at a racing or excessive speed.

The pursuer’s head was down, and although the driver of the charabanc sounded his horn and held out his hand to indicate he was taking the turn into Ardenconnel Road, the signals were unheeded.

The jury, after an absence of an hour and a quarter, found unanimously for the defender, holding that there had been contributory negligence on the part of the pursuer.

Counsel for the pursuer – Mr Watt, KC, and Mr Scott. Agents – Bonar, Hunter, & Johnstone, WS.

Counsel for the defender – Mr Aitchison, KC, and Mr Garson. Agents – Balfour & Manson, SSC.

Alterations from West Shandon House to Hydro

HELENSBURGH NEWS THURSDAY 5 JUNE 1879

SHANDON HYDROPATHIC ESTABLISHMENT

In the autumn of 1877 a company was formed to convert West Shandon House into a sanatorium on temperance principles, and the house, as taken over from the late Mr Napier’s trustees at a fifth of the money that been expended upon it, was opened with a banquet in October, 1877.

It contained then only between 30 and 40 bedrooms, and was of course minus the baths, dining-room, ball-room, nursery, etc, which are recognised requisites in hydropathic regimen. Since then these defects have all been supplied, a new wing having been added, and the institution was re-opened on Friday last.

The alterations and additions made have been necessarily expensive, in order to preserve uniformity with the superior workmanship of the original building, into which it is well known that the late Mr Napier admitted nothing that did not come up to his own idea of what a house should be.

The front entrance to the institution faces the south, and overlooks the main portion of the grounds; the west front faces the Gareloch; the northern end abuts upon the conservatory; and the eastern wing consists of the new bed-rooms and baths, just completed. The architecture of the building is in the Elizabethan style, the material used is white freestone, and the style of workmanship is what is known as ‘spotted’ ashlar, with polished facings. There are mostly elaborately-carved griffins, and other ornamental work, not only in conspicuous places in the front, but in out-of-the-way corners, where least expected. The style in which even the minutest details are finished demonstrates beyond the possibility of a doubt that a man endowed with supremely good taste, and possessing abundant means of gratifying his artistic notions, has presided over everything within and upon the walls.

To the left, on entering the main hall, there is a reception-room, in which guests are welcomed by Mr G R McKenzie, the manager, or by the presiding genius of the establishment, Dr Malcolm. A magnificent suite of drawing-rooms occupies the whole of the lower part of the western front, facing the loch. The total length of the suite is 110 feet, divided into three portions, each of which may be kept separate from the others. The first is at the southern end of the building. The woodwork is finished in white, pale green and gold; the walls in rich dark green and gold; and the furniture is in ebony, upholstered in ruby-coloured velvet. There is a large oriel window overlooking the loch. The mirrors are so arranged that, no matter in what corner of the room a person may be standing, it is possible to enjoy a view of sea and shore. The mantelpiece of this room is in Carrara marble, and the figures are from the chisel of an eminent Italian sculptor. The centre room is lighted by three mullioned windows, and is lined all round with richly-carved oak bookcases. At both ends there is a fire-place in rich saffron Belge, and the apartment is furnished with lounges, chairs, and writing tables in Italian walnut. There is also here a fine harmonium for the use of residents. The doors at each end of this room are so constructed that when shut they appear to form part of the bookcases that line the walls. The apartment at the extreme end, and the last of the suite, is a counterpart of the first entered so far as regards size, but is furnished and fitted in a different style. The ceilings of the suite are to some extent uniform in pattern, the plasterwork being alike in all, but the coloured ornamentation different in each. In the first, or south room, the ceiling is finished in green, white and gold; in the north room the whole of the panels are richly executed in distemper, while the beads and moulds are in cream colour and gold. In the centre room the colouring of the beads and mouldings is dark blue, maroon, and gold, and in the centre of each square is a coat of arms. The effect is exceedingly fine.

The main staircase is built of stone, has a massive carved oak balustrade, and is lighted by a large mullioned window filled with stained glass, on which are portrayed groups emblematic of Peace, Plenty, Commerce and Industry. The first set of bed-rooms – those appertaining to the house in the original form – are reached by stairs from the landing on which the grand staircase terminates.

In the new wing erected to the rear of the old building, and in keeping with the style of architecture, the bed-room accommodation has been increased by 150 beds, and connected with the old house by means of covered ways thrown across the carriage drive. A new and spacious dining hall, in which about 250 persons may be entertained, and fully adequate to the demands of the establishment, has also been added on a piece of ground adjoining the former ball-room or recreation hall. Leaving this hall on the way to the conservatory there is a commodious billiard-room with an excellent table. The conservatory is 165 feet long, richly furnished with flowering plants, and kept in excellent culture all the year round.

The baths are connected with the new wing, though in a different building and shut off from the bed-rooms. There are two suites of them – one for ladies, and another for gentlemen; also Turkish or hot-air baths of the latest construction and arrangement, and a large swimming bath fitted up with trapezes in which as good a header can be enjoyed as in the Gareloch. It has also elbow-room for a good swim, being 43 feet in length by 23 feet broad, and which on certain days each week is to be specially reserved for ladies. This bath is supplied with salt water from the loch, and in all the other baths salt or fresh water, hot or cold, may be used at pleasure. Families quartered at this institution will thus have an excellent opportunity of getting children taught swimming without trouble or danger.

To many, both of those who have children and of those who have none, it will also be a matter of interest to know that in the upper part of the house a nursery has been fitted up, care being taken to render the windows and fireplaces safe for its lesser inmates; so that Shandon promises to shine as a domestic hydropathe. The passages are warmed by a special heating apparatus, so that fires will be unnecessary in the bed-rooms, even in the coldest weather; although in conformity with ordinary usage, all the rooms are fitted with open fire grates. The bed-rooms are uniformly furnished in a plain but comfortable style.

These alterations and additions have been necessarily expensive, in order to preserve uniformity with the superior workmanship of the original building, into which it is well known that the late Mr Napier admitted nothing that did not come up to his own idea of what a house should be. First and last they have cost the company about £25,000. Furnishings and fittings to correspond have run away with a further £15,000. The building as it now stands in working order, and capable of lodging nearly two hundred people, represents an outlay of £80,000 to the company. The gross expenditure since Mr Napier laid the foundations in 1851 cannot be much less than £200,000. The grounds, extending to about 60 acres, have a frontage of 900 yards towards the Gareloch, and are laid out with great care and taste. The plantations, principally of pine, are of great beauty, and the effect is varied by happily arranged clumps and reaches of other trees and shrubs. The gardens are extensive and richly stocked, and from these the house is supplied with vegetables and fruits – the vineries alone producing upwards of 700lbs of grapes in the year. Carriages and boats are kept on hire for the visitors, and skating, curling, lawn tennis, and other games have been provided for.

On Friday last, the directors (who represent the West and East coasts in equal numbers, three of them being Glasgow and the other three Edinburgh gentlemen) invited the shareholders and their friends, to celebrate the house-warming by a dinner and ball. The weather was very unfavourable, but the early trains from Glasgow and Edinburgh were all extra loaded with visitors. At Helensburgh omnibuses belonging to the establishment awaited them, in which they were driven to Shandon. At half-past six o’clock about 300 guests sat down to dinner in the large hall, which was very neatly laid out. Bailie Morrison, Glasgow, chairman of the board of directors, presided, and the other directors acted as croupiers.

After an excellent dinner, which was served in first-rate style, the Chairman said, with the leave of those present, he would give the toast of ‘The Queen’, and drink it in the pure sparkling wine from the springs on the grounds of Shandon. (Laughter). The toast having been duly honoured, he then, on behalf of the directors, begged to give those present a right hearty welcome to Shandon. The aim of the directors was to make the Shandon hydropathic establishment not only equal to others, but to make it the finest institution of the kind in the country, with respect to not only the dietary and treatment given to visitors, but also to the excellence of the various internal arrangements of the house, and the beauty of the surroundings. The directors did not hold the idea that hydropathic establishments should be places in which visitors should deny themselves every luxury, and so, as might have been seen, the dietary was on a liberal scale. They also wished it to be a place in which visitors might feel themselves thoroughly at home, and so there were no rules excepting such as were tacitly observed in every good family. It should, however, be remembered that if one person were desirous of enjoying comfort and luxuries such as were to be found here, it would necessitate the possession of an income of £10,000 a year, yet the directors were giving these things to the visitors for 10s 6d per day. (A laugh). He would be glad if the visitors would inspect the splendid set of baths newly added to the house. The swimming bath was a feature that deserved special notice, it being specially supplied with sea water. (Applause).

Bailie Rowat, Edinburgh, said he had been in most of the hydropathic establishments in Scotland, and he had never yet saw one that approached that of Shandon in extent and magnificence. Indeed, few seem to have imagined there was a place of the kind in Scotland. It was not 5 per cent, nor 10, nor 15, but 25 at the very least that the directors might calculate on if things went on so prosperously. He concluded by proposing the health of the directors of the institution. (Applause).

The company then adjourned to the drawing-room while the hall was being cleared for the ball, which was fixed to take place at half-past nine, and which was attended by about 300, amongst the new arrivals being many of the young members of the families in the neighbourhood. There was an open table all evening in the recreation hall, which was filled with everything necessary to satisfy the appetite, and was largely taken advantage of. Dancing concluded about two o’clock the following morning, and the whole proceedings were of a most agreeable nature.

The music was supplied by a small orchestra, under Mr Hatton, Glasgow, and gave every satisfaction.

The architects and contractors for the new addition were: – Architects – Kinnear & Peddie, Edinburgh; mason and joiner work – D Guthrie & Co, Glasgow; plumber – William Reid, Helensburgh; plasterer – Alex Duncan, Rothesay; gas fitting – J McHaffir & Co, Glasgow; slater – J Morrison & Son, Glasgow; painting – Torrens & Husband; engineers – R Murray, C E Turnbull, Grant and Jack, Glasgow; furnishing – Wylie & Lochhead, Alex Cree, Alex Bissett, Glasgow; silver plate – E Edwards & Sons, Glasgow; iron work – Thomas Hudgson, Coatbridge.

Messrs Reid & Galt, C.A., Glasgow, are secretaries to the company.

Mr Mackenzie is a most excellent and painstaking manager, while Mrs McGregor, housekeeper, and Mr McLean, head gardener, are both very active in their respective departments. Dr Malcolm, the resident physician, is one of the most successful of the advanced school of hydropathists. He has traveled widely, and has spent a number of years in South Africa, and of late has been in practice in Malvern and London.