Sale of Shandonbank in 1860



There will be exposed to sale, by public roup, within the Faculty of Procurator’s Hall, Saint George’s Place, Glasgow, on Wednesday the 7th March next, at two o’clock, (unless previously disposed of by public bargain,) the property of Shandon Bank, beautifully situated on the Gareloch, at Shandon.

A view of the Gareloch

There are two cottages, with separate entrances, on the grounds,which extend to about three-fourths of an acre, and are tastefully laid out. Each cottage is provided with a substantially built circular tower or summer-house, ten feet in diameter, situated on the shore.

One cottage contains, on the ground floor, dining and drawing rooms, one bedroom, kitchen, water closet, etc; and on the second floor, four good bedrooms and closet; there are also a two-stalled stable, coach house, laundry, and cellars. The other cottage contains parlour and two bedrooms, kitchen, scullery, water closet etc. There is direct access to the sea through the grounds. Feu-duty £5.

To insure competition, the upset price will be £800.

For further particulars apply to Galbraith and Maclay, Writers, 108 West George Street, Glasgow, in whose hands are the title deeds and articles of roup.

Where Shall We Go At Christmas



Time was when people never dreamt of leaving home at Christmas or New Year. It was a family festival, spent in the bosom of the family. People gathered all their relations about them, and, if their hearts were big and bountiful, invited, too, the solitary and the homeless to share the feast. But we have changed all that. The press of modern business is so great that people welcome a respite at the mid-winter holiday from social cares, and so they hie them off, bag and baggage, to a hydropathic, there to be feasted and right royally entertained without any both of catering on their part. For busy mothers and fathers this is an excellent plan, and year by year it is being more widely adopted. And as for the children, they don’t object you may be sure! for well they know that there is not a jollier place going at Christmas than a hydropathic with its Christmas trees for the juveniles and its mistletoe and other delights for the ‘buds’ and their brothers. Many a match – if rumour speaks true – but there! – that is quite another story! Let us now see the fare which enterprising hydropathic managers have provided for this client at this festive season.


Shandon, with its lovely situation on the shore of the Gareloch, is always a popular resort, and one is not surprised to hear that all its accommodation is already bespoke for the Christmas season. The grounds, extending to 70 acres, and with five miles of walks, are a great attraction – the conservatory forms a capital lounge in bad weather, and there is a golf course with a surpassingly lovely situation. The Christmas programme includes the usual features, with the addition of a musical recital by Mr and Mrs Jean Walther, and the guests will dance the old year out and the new year in as a costume ball.

Shandon 1841 Census Part 1

Dear blog reader

I am so excited to start a new family history Shandon series – the censuses of Shandon, beginning with 1841, 4 pages of the original schedule at a time.

I do hope all of you with Shandon ancestors will find this useful.



Shandon from the pier

Page 1

House NameNameAgeOccupationIf Scottish whether born in county or notIf foreign or born in England or Ireland
StuckenduffJohn Orr85FarmerNo
Christina Orr65No
Anne Orr25Yes
Mary Orr15Yes
Janet Campbell9No
Elizabeth Campbell7No
Agnes McLellan15No
Isabella McLellan10No
Anna Orr3Yes
Peter Cochrane40Agricultural LabourerYes
Jean Munar20Female servantNo
Stuckenduff CottageDavid Lang70WriterYes
Marion Lang65No
Isabella Lang30No
Barbara Lang25Yes
James Lang25WriterYes
John Lang25WriterNo
Jean Anderson20Female servantNo
Marion Ferguson20Female servantNo
Offices of StuckenduffJohn Neilson50GardenerNo
Chappell Burn CottageJames Wingate60Insurance BarkerNo
Margaret Wingate55Yes
George Wingate25WarehousemanNo
William Wingate20No
Margaret Wingate20No

Page 2

House NameNameAgeOccupationIf Scottish whether born in county or notIf foreign or born in England or Wales
Chappell Burn CottageJames Wingate14No
Isabella Ingles25Female ServantNo
Chappell Burn TerraceArchibald Cochrane30Agricultural labourerYes
Elizabeth Cochrane25DressmakerYes
William Cochrane20Male servantYes
Isabella Cochrane20Female servantYes
LetrualtElizabeth Cochrane65Independent meansNo
James Cochrane14Agricultural labourerYes
Norman McDonald20Agricultural labourerNo
Duncan Gillis20Agricultural labourerNo
Susan McGilp15Female servantNo
Woodburn HouseJane McClure50Independent meansNo
Jane McClure20No
Robert McClure25MerchantNo

James Brown20MerchantNo
Walter McKenzie20AccountantYes
Janet Connal20Female servantNo
Mary Douglas15Female servantNo
Woodburn CottageJohn McLaren35StationerNo
Marion McLaren30No
James McLaren7No
John McLaren5No
William McLaren3No
Jane Hutchison 30Female servantForeign
John Graham15Male servantForeign

Page 3

House NameNameAgeOccupationIf Scottish whether born in county or notIf foreign or if born in England or Ireland
Barr cottageDr William Fleming45ProfessorNo
Elizabeth Fleming25Independent MeansNo
Janet Blaikie40Female servantNo
William Smith13Male servantNo
LinnburnSamuel McCall70Independent meansNo
Marion Reston20Female servantNo
Ann Reid20Female servantNo
Fueland CottageWilliam Bryce25GardenerNo
Janet Bryce25No
James Bryce1Yes
Mary McFarlane12Female servantYes
GlenfeulanEdward Clarke35MerchantEnglish
Margaret Clarke30No
Edward Clarke8No
James Clarke6No
John Clarke5No
Margaret Clarke3No
Alexander Davison50Independent meansForeign
Isabella Irvine25Independent meansNo
Ann McKay30Female servantNo
Margaret McKechnie25Female servantNo
Eliza Tait20Female servantNo
Glenfeulan officesRobert Gilmour45Male servantNo
Jean Gilmour25No
James Gilmour9No

Page 4

House NameNameAgeOccupationIf Scottish whether born in county or not If foreign or if born in England or Ireland
Glenfeulan officesNeil Gilmour7No
Janet Gilmour5No
Robert Gilmour2No
Agnes Gilmour10 monthsNo
CragmoreRobert Jarvie80MerchantNo
Jane Jarvie55No
Robert Jarvie20MerchantNo
Agnes Jarvie16No
Alexander Jarvie13No
James Jamieson40MerchantNo
Jane Jamieson20No
Michael Jamieson3No
Jane Jamieson2No
Barbara Jamieson4 monthsNo
Anne McBean15No
Ludovick McBean20MerchantNo
Margaret Kinnaird45Female servantNo
Marion Wilson15Female servantNo
Mary Ramsay25Female servantNo
Euphemia Meldrum30Female servantNo
Jane Taylor15Female servantNo
May McLean35Independent meansNo
Cragmore outhousePeter McFarlane10Male servantYes
John Wright14Male servantNo
Greenhill cottageJohn McLelland65MerchantYes

Hatches Matches and Dispatches part 4

Dear blog reader

This is the fourth part in a series of Shandon hatches, matches and dispatches that have appeared in the newspapers.

I always find such finds very exciting in my own 30 years of family history research and I hope this helps anyone doing similar Shandon-based research.

(Glossary: inst/instant means of the present month, relict means widow, ult/ultimo means of last month)


Shandon Church


The Paisley Herald and Renfrewshire Advertiser, 3rd September 1864.

At the Free Church Manse, Shandon, on the 27th ultimo, the wife of the Rev A M MacCallum, a son.

Dundee Advertiser, 21st October 1865.

At the Free Church Manse, Shandon, on the 18th inst, the wife of the Rev A M MacCallum, of a son.

(See Margaret McCallum’s death entry below).

The Evening Telegraph, 11th October 1888.

At West Shandon, Gareloch, Dunbartonshire, on the 10th inst, Mrs Charles Neaves, of a daughter.


The Fife Herald, and Kinross, Strathearn, and Clackmannan Advertiser, 26th June 1851.

At Helensburgh, on the 13th inst, Walter Buchanan, Esq, of Shandon, to Christina Laura, eldest daughter of James Smith, Esq, of Jordanhill.

(Also see Christina’s death in the section below).

The Inverness Courier, 5th February 1852.

At West Shandon, Dumbartonshire, on the 28th ult, A Hastie, Esq, MP for the city of Glasgow, to Anne, eldest daughter of Robert Napier, Esq, engineer, Glasgow.

Dundee Advertiser, 9th October 1863.

At the Free Church Manse, Pitcairngreen, on the 6th inst, by the Rev Dr Grierson, Errol, the Rev A M McCallum, minister of the Free Church, Shandon, to Margaret, second daughter of the Rev J W Thomson, Pitcairngreen (no cards).

(See Margaret McCallum’s death entry below).

The Southern Reporter, 1st December 1892.

At Oswald Bank, Partick, on the 16th ult, by the Rev Dr Hunter, Donald, son of James Donaldson, Argair [Ardgare] Lodge, Shandon, Dumbartonshire, to Annie, eldest daughter of William Armstrong, Glengaber, Yarrow.

The Evening Telegraph, 26th July 1895.

At St Giles’ Cathedral, Edinburgh, on the 15th inst, by the Rev J M Webster, MA, Row parish, assisted by the Rev Robert Stevenson, BA Cantab (cousin of the bridegroom), Gargunnock parish, and the Rev Thomas White, MA, Canongate parish, William Mitchell Miller, BSc, mining and civil engineer, Edinburgh, to Jenny, elder daughter of William Wallace, Croy, Shandon.

The Dundee Courier, 13th May 1899.

McNeill – Thom. At St Paul’s Episcopal Church, Loch Street, Aberdeen, on the 12th inst, by the Rev E E Marshall, MA, Thomas McNeill, head gardener, Summerhill, Shandon, Dumbartonshire, to Georgina, eldest daughter of G Thom, foreman boilermaker, G N of S Railway, Aberdeen.

The Courier, 19th March 1909.

Lyon – Scott. At 7 Laverockbank Terrace, Edinburgh, on the 17th inst, by the Rev T Crerar, MA, Thomas Anderson Lyon, stationmaster, Shandon, to Agnes (Nan), youngest daughter of the late William Scott, St Boswells.

The Courier and Advertiser, 23rd May 1945.

Inglis – Fullarton. At the Royal British Hotel, Perth, on May 21 1945, by the Rev A D Alexander, MA BD, Ian, second son of Mr and Mrs J Inglis, Ardgare Cottage, Shandon, Dumbartonshire (late of Taynuilt), to Sadie Margaret, youngest daughter of Mr and Mrs J R Fullarton, Broomlea, Dunkeld Road, Perth.


Dundee, Perth and Cupar Advertiser, 7th May 1852.

At Glasgow, on the 30th ultimo, Christina Laura, wife of Walter Buchanan, Esq, of Shandon, and eldest daughter of James Smith, Esq, of Jordanhill.

The Dundee Courier and Argus, 26th June 1876.

On the 23rd inst, at West Shandon, Dunbartonshire, Robert Napier, in the 86th year of his age.

The Dundee Courier and Argus, 25th September 1886.

At North Shore, Auckland, New Zealand, on the 4th August, in the 51st year of her age, Margaret Thomson, wife of Rev A Murray McCallum, formerly of Shandon, and daughter of Rev J W Thomson, Pitcairngreen.

The Dundee Courier, 3rd March 1894.

Swan. At Ardchapel, Shandon, on the 1st inst, William Swan, LLD, Emeritus Professor of Natural Philosophy in the University of St Andrews, aged 76.

Edinburgh Evening News, 12th August 1896.

At Scone, New South Wales, Australia, on 30th July, George Lyon, eldest son of the late William James Walker, of Garemount, Shandon, Dunbartonshire.

The Dundee Courier, 29th June 1899.

Miller. At Shandon, on the 27th June, James Miller (of Wm McLaren, Sons & Co, Limited, and 21 Woodside Place, Glasgow), in his 81st year.

The Evening Post, 10th July 1900.

Kirkpatrick. At Lagbuie, Shandon, Dunbartonshire, on the 9th inst, Andrew J Kirkpatrick, of 5 Park Terrace, Glasgow.

The Evening Post, 7th March 1902.

Dick. At Shandon, on the 5th inst, Bessie Murray, eldest daughter of the late William Dick, and of Mrs Dick, 16 Hamilton Park Terrace, Hillhead, Glasgow.

The Courier and Advertiser, 13th August 1951.

Bruce. At Perth Royal Infirmary, on August 11th 1951, Andrew Bruce, late of Linnburn Lodge, Shandon, Dunbartonshire, beloved husband of the late Elizabeth Blyth. Friends wishing to attend kindly meet cortege at Faslane Cemetery at 2pm.

Public breakdown of a Shandon marriage



An action by Mrs Sybil Messum or Fleming, Harrow Lodge, Baldslow, St Leonards-On-Sea, Sussex – runner-up in the West of Scotland Ladies Golf Championship in 1938, and winner of the Renfrewshire County Championship in 1939 – who sued for separation with aliment at the rate of £1500 per annum against her husband, William Young Fleming, Linnburn, Shandon, Helensburgh, was dismissed by Lord Patrick in the Court of Session yesterday. The action, which was defended, was based on the alleged cruelty of the husband.

Lord Patrick said the the pursuer and defender met for the first time about the month of February 1919. They were married on May 20, 1919, after a short engagement. The marriage was unhappy almost from the beginning. The dispositions of the parties were entirely different, and they had no common interests. There was no evidence that there was ever any lasting love or deep affection, at least on the wife’s side, to bind them together, and from an early date her distaste for the physical side of marriage deprived them of that bond and of that medium of reconciliation after differences.


At the date of the marriage she was 22 years old. She was a bonnie girl, of fine physique. She was a fine player of games and much addicted to them. Much of her life had been spent in playing tennis, golf, curling, and bridge. At the date of the marriage he was 33 years old. He was nowhere near her class at the games she played. In fact, he seemed to have had or developed a dislike for the tennis-playing, golfing, bridge-playing type of women who were her friends. His sporting interests were in yachting and shooting, in which she had no interest and took no part. He was passionately interested in his business, at which he worked hard all day.

In the course of a long review of the evidence his Lordship said that the parties had frequent quarrels. Witnesses from the wife’s family placed all the blame on the husband, representing him as a bully and her as never in fault. Witnesses from his family placed the blame on her. She was represented as snubbing him on every possible occasion. In his Lordship’s opinion both were to blame. Neither would yield to the other. His Lordship thought both had tempers which were not always under control. In their quarrels they apparently at times blackguarded each others’ families, which appeared to have rankled a great deal.


The pursuer was runner-up in the West of Scotland Ladies’ Golf Championship in 1938, when the defender had, according to her, been ill-treating her for two months, and when certainly she and the defender had been quarrelling for that period, and she won the Renfrewshire County Championship in April 1939, when, according to her, her husband had been persistently cruel to her for eight months.

His Lordship had no doubt that she was emotionally upset by the continual bickering in which she took part at home, and showed that when she spoke of her relations with her husband to her friends and to her doctors, His Lordship could not hold it proved that the conditions of her married life ever seriously impaired the pursuer’s health. In this case the wife had never had cause to fear that her husband would use physical violence towards her. It was a case where the faults of the husband and of the wife contributed to produce a state of embitterment between them which led to their living a life of misery. No doubt the wife suffered in her feelings through this misery, and might have been in better fettle if this condition of affairs which she helped to produce had not existed. This was true also of the husband. The mental misery never had any serious effect on her health. She remained in astonishingly good health, as did he. In this country release from the obligation of matrimony was not yet accorded to a spouse who had contributed materially to the injury of which he or she complained.

Counsel for the Pursuer: Mr L Hill Watson, KC, and Mr W R Milligan. Solicitors: Martin, Milligan and MacDonald, WS, Edinburgh, and Brownlie, Watson & Backett, Glasgow.

Counsel for the Defender: Mr J R Wardlaw Burnet, KC, and Mr A W M M Williamson. Solicitors: J W & J MacKenzie, WS, Edinburgh, and McClure, Naismith, Brodie & Co, Glasgow.

Sale of Linnburn in 1859



To be sold, by public roup, within the Faculty Hall, Saint George’s Place, Glasgow, on Wednesday the 20th day of April, 1859, at one o’clock afternoon (if not previously sold by private bargain).

The villa of Linnburn, near Shandon, in the parish of Row and county of Dumbarton, with offices, garden, and pleasure ground.

The house, which was substantially finished under the inspection of the late proprietor, Samuel McCall Esq, about 20 years ago, is in good repair, and contains parlour, dining room, and library, with kitchen and scullery, on the first floor; and five bedrooms, closet, etc on the second floor; but is capable of extension at little expense. The offices contain a coach house and two-stalled stable. An abundant supply of water is conducted into the house.

The grounds extend to about 7 acres, for which a feu duty of only £38 5s 9d is payable, the remainder of the original feu duty having been redeemed.

The site is elevated, with a southern exposure, commanding the views of the loch and surrounding scenery. A considerable stream passes through the grounds, which are beautifully laid out.

The property has an easy access to and from Glasgow by the Helensburgh Railway and by the omnibus, which passes the gate several times daily.

To insure competition, the upset price has been further reduced to £1800.

The furniture in the house could be had at a valuation, and early entry given.

For further particulars, apply to Moncrieff, Paterson, Forbes & Barr, Writers, 45 West George Street, Glasgow.

Muir & Monteith, auctioneers, 29th March, 1859.

Sale of the Shandon collection – part 10

Dear blog reader.

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

This blog post describes Robert Napier’s picture collection and the remains of his library which were sold on the 3rd day of the sale of the contents of Shandon House.

Robert Napier





The sale of the pictures began today with those of the French school, of whom Claude, Le Nain and Joseph Vernot were the best represented. In Munilo’s pictures the Shandon gallery is especially rich. Of the 52 Italian pictures, which comprise, amongst others, such names as Coreggio, Raffaelle, Brozzino, Titian, Bonifacio, Leonard da Vinci, Batoresso, Andrea Mategna, and Sasso Ferrat, it is almost impossible to speak without having the history of each canvas. The art frauds of all three centuries have been persistent, and baffle all but the most acute connoisseurs, and sometimes even them. Speaking hastily, one would be inclined to doubt the authenticity of more than one of the works attributed t some of the above-mentioned painters, but no-one could deny the extreme beauty of some and the genuineness of others. There is, for example, a head of the Magdalen in prayer, by Guido, on copper, which is full of grace; and a Diana bathing, painted by Ludovico Caracci, full of life and vigour, though evidently only painted no the spur of the moment, and without any intention of making it a finished picture. Of the two Raffaelle’s, that from Sir R Strange’s collection, representing a Virgin in a red dress holding the infant in her arms, has more of the Raffaelle touch than the other, but neither is a very important specimen of this great master. The Dutch pictures are numerous, and for the most part excellent. Nicolas Maes, Jan Steen, Peter De Hooge, Ostade and Teniers, are strongly represented by admirable specimens. Amongst the landscape painters of the same school there are good pictures by N Bergheim, Both, Van de Velde, Ruysdael and Wouvermans, and of both Van Dyck and Rembrandt there are specimens in their best style. The portrait by the latter of the Burgomeister Six, from Lord Northwick’s collection, is as fine a picture of the sort as exists in our National Gallery. Of the British pictures (none of which were sold today) there is a portrait of Burns by A Nasmyth, presented by the poet to W Tytler with the well known lines:

I send you a trifle – the head of a bard
A trifle scarce worthy your care
Accept it, dear Sir, as a mark of respect
Sincere as a Saint’s dying prayer.

There are twp portraits by Hogarth – one of Garrick, and the other of the artist’s wife, which latter is an admirable and rare specimen of Hogarth’s power of portrait painting. Sir David Wilkie is represented by three portraits – his own, painted for Miss Barnard (which ought to be secured for the National Gallery), his mother’s and that of General Palafox, the defender of Saragoza. A Cottage Girl Hanging Out Clothes, by Stothard, is an admirable example of this delicate painter, whose work, after a long period of neglect, is now beginning to be appreciated. Of George Morland there are three specimens, one his own portrait; of Sir Joshua Reynolds, two; and of J Napier, two; both portraits taken at Shandon, one being of David Roberts, RA, and the other of Sir George Harvey, PRSA. That Mr Napier was always ready to patronise national art when it deserved it may be seen in the numerous works by Brown, Cawse, Macnee, MacCulloch, and others.

The following are some of the prices obtained today:- Claude, a seaport town in the Levant (837) 41 gs; Murillo, Spanish peasant boys (366) 22 gs; Murillo, Spanish peasant boys (367) 17gs; Murillo, the Virgin of the Immaculate Conception, with infant angels (359) 76 gs; Murillo, the Virgin as the good shepherdess (370) 60 gs; C Dolci, Santa Christians destroying Heridoia (379) 72 gs; Guido, head of the Magdalen in prayer, on copper (281) 30 gs; Tintoretto, portrait of a Venetia nobleman in the character of David, the body of Goliath, and the Philistine in flight in the background (400) 32 gs; Palma Vichio, the adoration of the shepherds, a brilliantly coloured Venetian picture, on panel (600) 160 guineas; S Contarni, the Saviour represented as a child of about eight years old standing on the globe holding the cross in his hand (405) 100 gs; Raffaelle, the Holy Family with St Elizabeth and St John (407) 60 gs; Raffaelle, the Virgin in a red dress holding the infant Saviour in her arms, the head of the infant St John is in the background (40) 58 gs; L da Vinci, the Virgin and child (409) 62 gs; Guardi,a pair of views of Venice (417) 96 gs; Ommeganck, a mountainous landscape (431) 41 gs; Moucheron, a grand classical landscape with figures (440) 65 gs; N Bergheim, the ford (448) 85 gs; A Both, a group of 14 peasants at a wine stall in the Forum of Rome (453) 82 gs; Van Dyck, the Virgin and Child and a female saint (460) 31 gs; J Van Huysum, a vase with a bouquet of flowers upon a marble dish, upon which is lying a group of fruit (462) 320 gs; J Van Os, an elaborate group of fruits and flowers at the foot of a sculptured vase (460) 84 gs; J Weinix, a group of three children on a garden terrace (465) 35 gs; W Van De Velde, a rocky coast scene with vessels in a storm (468) 7 gs; Rembrandt, head of a young man (470) 33 gs; Rembrandt, portrait of the Burgomaster Six in a black dress with ruff and slouched hat (471) 101 gs; Rembrandt, portrait of a lady in a ruff (472) 100 gs; P De Hooge, interior of a room, 100 gs; F De Hooge, a Flemish interior (476) 103 gs; A Pynacker, a river scene, with travellers and mules crossing a bridge (480) 165 gs; Jacob Ruysdael, a landscape at the edge of a forest (482) 62 gs; Jacob Ruysdael, bleaching grounds, near Harlem (483) 125 gs; A Van De Velde, a Dutch water scene with a frozen river, buildings and figures (485); J Wynauts, a landscape with a farmyard surrounded by trees (486) 51 gs; P Wauvermans, a mountainous landscape with a staghound (490) 90 gs; P Wauvermans, the halt at the gypsy’s camp, a composition of numerous figures (487) 100 gs; Van Musscher, an interior of a room with a lady seated near a window (498) 68 gs; G Vander Eeckhout, a group of 4 portraits of children playing with a goat (500), 400 gs.

The total amount realised by the day’s sale was 5269 guineas. Many of the pictures went for very small sums, their genuineness not being beyond question. Mr Caluaghi was the principal buyer.

The sale in Glasgow of the Shandon Library, conducted by Mr Keith, of Duncan, Keith & Buchanan, was completed yesterday, and seemingly with undiminished interest on the part of the public. Thought the lots were neither so numerous nor as valuable as on the preceding days, yet some of them possessed considerable interest as belonging to the great engineer of the Clyde – particularly his copy of Muirhead’s Inventions of James Watt, with Arago’s Historical Eloge and Williamson’s Memorials, 6 vols, morocco, which realised £14 10s. We append a few of the more interesting lots – viz, Stirling’s Annals of the Artists of Spain, 3 vols, £17; Strickland’s Lives of the Queens of England and Scotland, £7 5s; Turner’s Annual Tour, 3 vols, £6 10s; Tyndale’s New Testament, reproduced in facsimile, £4 5s; Walpole’s Anecdotes of Painting, 5 vols, £7 15s; Walton’s Lives and Compleat Angler, 2 vols, £6 10s; Swan’s Lakes of Scotland and Views on the Clyde, 2 vols, proofs, very fine copies, £8; Vieset Euvres des Dominiquin et Raphael, 2 vols, £7 5s; National Memorial to the Prince Consort, full morocco, £12 12s, Total amount of sale, £2145 4s 6d.

Sale of the Shandon Collection – part 9

Dear blog reader.

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

This blog post describes the remains of Robert Napier’s porcelain which was sold on the 2nd day of the sale of the contents of Shandon House. 

Robert Napier





The sale today comprised the remaining continental fabrics, Germany being represented by Furstenburg, gera (a rare mark), Ludwigsburg, Dodelstadt and of course by more Dresden; Italy by Ginori (the best of the existing porcelain fabrics in the country), Le Nove, and Venice, which last at some measure resembles our old Chelsea; France by St Cloud and Sevres; Belgium by Tournay; Holland by the Hague; and Austria by Vienna, of which there were abut a score of specimens, some of great value.

The total results of today’s sale show a slight falling off on that of yesterday, being £2638 against £3148, but this was owing rather to the absence of extremely rare specimens than to any slackness in the bidding. Indeed the average of prices was in excess of yesterday. Ninety two lots of Sevres brought £2265, twenty-nine of Dresden £140, twenty two of Vienna £157, two of St Cloud £32 10s, two of Hague £23 14s, three of Tournay £40 10s, and three of Ginori £11 10s. The Sevres articles were of course the great feature of the sale, five pieces similar to Her Majesty the Queen’s service at Windsor Castle bringing the large sum of 831 guineas.

The following are some of the principal sales, and as before we give the catalogue numbers within brackets:- Sevres collection – a seau with two large medallions (346) 280 guineas bought by Mr Goode. A seau of the largest model (347) 250 guineas, bought by Mr Goode. A tazza on foot, painted with subjects from Homer and Ovid, in five medallions o blue ground (343), 150 guineas, bought by Mr Goode. A circular dish similar to the foregoing (344) ??3 guineas, bought by Mr Goode. An ecuelle with landscapes in medallions on turquoise ground, painted by Mutel and dated 1772 (342), 58 guineas, bought by Mr Smith. A circular dish, painted in medallions on blue ground (345), 56 guineas, bought by Mr King. A large cup and saucer, green ground, painted with cupids, dated 1758 (337), 135 guineas, bought by Mr Davis. A large ecuelle, with oval plateau, painted with subjects after Vernet (313), £62. A large ecuelle, with circular plateau, painted with boys in red in medallions (311), £53. A trembleuse cup and saucer, gros bleu, painted with seaports and figures by Morin (325), £15 3s. A tasse a la reize, painted with birds and flowers by Catrice, dated 1758 (339), £30 9s. A tasse a la reine, painted by Merault, sen., dated 1769 (335), £32 11s. A pair of sugar tureens, covers and stands, bleu de Vinceunez, with birds in gold (327), £36 15s. A large ecuelle with circular plateau, with blue interlacings and flowers on white ground (309), £42. An ecuelle with rose de barry border, painted with flowers (333), £29 8s. A square-shaped tray with green ribbons and flowers, dated 1757 (331), £23 1s. A trembleuse cup, cover and saucer, rose de barry, painted with goats and sheep in landscapes (315), £27 6s. A small ecuelle, cover and stand, with chintz pattern on white ground (340), £19 8s 6d. An ecuelle, painted by Merault, sen., dated 1744 (341), £17 17s. A coffee cup and saucer, turquoise oeil de perdriz, with birds in medallions, dated 1765 (319), £15 15s. A teapot and cover, dated 1780, from the Duchess of Gordon’s collection (314), £15. A cabaret, with gros bleu and gold oeil de perdriz border (312), £31 10s. An ecuelle, with oval plateau, painted with boys in red on white ground with oval spots (310), £23 2s; a coffee cup and saucer, gros bleu with children in a medallion (291) £18 18s; ditto with female figure and dog in a medallion, dated 1765 (292), £17 17s; ditto, gros bleu, painted with a lady with a vase in a medallion (293), £27; ditto, with a subject after J Vernet, by Maria, dated 1779 (294), £25; a cup and saucer, green and white, painted with garlands of flowers by Taillander (263), £18 18s; ditto with rose edges painted by Fontaine, dated 1757 (279), £19 8s 6d; a coffee cup and saucer, green ground, painted by Chabry (255), £30; a white trembleuse cup and saucer, painted with the fable of the fox and the crane, by Baudoin and Vavasseur, dated 1777 (257), £15 15s.

Vienna collection:- A cabaret, purple ground, decorated with arabesques in raised gold (244), £25 10s. A plate, painted with a group of persons (242), £17 6s 6d. A cabaret, with classical figures in relief on blue ground (241), £16 16s. A large cup, cover, and saucer, richly gilt, with portrait in brown monochrome.

Venetian collection:- A large oval bowl, with coloured masks in relief, festoons of foliage and other ornaments (£208), £3. Two cups and saucers painted with vases on white ground, gros bleu and gold border (225), £2 10s.

Tournay collection:- A set of table dishes, 30 in number (222), £31 10s. A cup and saucer,with landscapes and figures, in crimson, and richly gilt (224), £3 10s.

St Cloud collection:- A round pot, with cover, and two smaller pieces, with figure subjects and busts in raised gold (220). £28. A white cup, with gilt arabesque figures and birds (221), £4 10s.

Hague collection:- Dark blue and white vase, 21 inches high, painted with landscapes in two gold medallions (212), £19 19s. A bowl and cover, painted with birds (211), £3 15s.

Dresden collection:- A sucrier and cover, painted with figures in medallions on canary ground (182), £23. A service of eight pieces, painted with pastoral subjects (187), £16 10s. A Marcolini ecuelle cover and stand, gros bleu ground, with conversations in medallions in gilt borders (186), £12 1s 6d.

Amongst the other sales were a Furstenberg ewer and cover and small bowl (204), £2; a Ginori bowl and cover, painted with Pompeian subjects (207), £2 15s; a Ludwigsburg hot milk pot and ewer, painted with a battle scene (215), £212; a pair of Madrid vases (217), £3 3s; and a Rudalstadt cup, cover and saucer (219), £2 172 6d.

Search for two in Gareloch



Screams for help sent a launch racing to where a lonely figure clung to an upturned boat in a Scottish loch yesterday.

And as 42-year-old Mr Charles Watson of Millvaig Drive, Farnhill, Rutherglen, was hauled from the Gareloch half-drowned, he gasped out to his rescuers that his young brother and brother-in-law had disappeared when their dinghy overturned.

The Gareloch from Kirk Brae, Shandon.

The shouts were heard by workmen working on the new St Andrews Approved School at Shandon and they telephoned the Royal Navy at Faslane two miles away. As a naval launch raced to the spot a civilian launch put out from a local boatyard and made for the upturned craft.

Mr Watson was barely conscious by the time they reached him and was taken by ambulance to the Victoria Infirmary, Helensburgh where last night he was ‘quite comfortable’.

Police and naval craft are searching the area for any sign of the two other men.

Embezzler Found in Shandon



A 26 year old bank teller who embezzled £2980 two days before his wedding day went to London for a period of ‘highly riotous existence’, the Procurator Fiscal, Mr Robert MacDonald, said in Glasgow Sheriff Court today.

A month late he was found penniless and dressed like a tramp near his fiancee’s home.

The teller, Ian Kirkton, of Cripps Avenue, Clydebank, was sentenced to 18 months imprisonment after he had pleaded guilty to embezzling £2980 between June 10 and June 13 while acting as a teller at the Wellmeadow branch of the Bank of Scotland.

Mr MacDonald said that Kirkton had planned to be married on June 15. When he did not report for work on June 14 an examination of the cash at the bank disclosed that £2980 was missing. The cash had been extracted in notes from various bundles in the safe.


‘It would appear as if the work had been quite a studious one, because the extraction was such that any official making a rapid check of the cash would be misled’ said Mr MacDonald.

When found in Shandon on July 14, Kirkton appeared to be in a collapsed state, and he professed not to know anything about his previous actions. He appeared to be unaware of the marriage arrangements and that the bank had made arrangements to settle him in a house.

Kirk Brae, Shandon looking onto the Gareloch.

It was discovered that Kirkton had been in London for a period ‘living what can only be described as a highly riotous existence. The ladies who were interviewed there said he left London towards the beginning of July in order to go to Dublin. He seems to have spent some time in Dublin’.

A doctor who examined Kirkton concluded that the amnesia from which he was said to be suffering was bogus.


Mr Robert Martin, defending, said a doctor had found that Kirkton was suffering from hysterical amnesia.

Kirkton’s father had handed Kirkton a document on the night before the embezzlement.

‘I think on the verge of matrimony as he was, while greater men that he might not have been swept over the edge, it contains information that might place him in the state that he found difficulty in facing his fiancee’.