Shandon Valuation Roll 1905

Dear blog reader

Welcome to the sixth part in a series, a list of the people, with house names where known, who were connected with Shandon in 1905.

In 1905 Shandon had 82 households listed. A vast increase on the anomaly of the valuation roll of 1895 when  only 16 households were listed but also an increase on the number of households in the 1885 Shandon valuation roll.   In 1885 Shandon had 74 households, a huge increase from 1875 when Shandon had 32 households. The 1875 number was 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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Agnes Louisa M Adams, Balernock

William Allan, Chapelburn

David Anderson, Shandon Bank

John Anderson, Linnburn

John Anderson, Ardgare

Miss Bertha F Baines, Altnacoille

John Barr, Linnburn

Albert R Brown, Summerhill

Albert R Brown, Woodside

William Chadburn, Cragmore

James Crichton, Shandon Lodge

Jane Cross, Croy

Frank Dinwoodie, Shandon House

John G Don, Ardgare

Thomas Don, Ardgare

James Donaldson, Ardgare

Robert M Donaldson, Blairvaddick

John Finnie, Woodside

Mrs Catherine Ford, Woodbank

Mrs Catherine Gibson, widow, Greenhill

William Glen, Hillhead

Frederick Godden, Croy

Richard Going, Hillhead

Mrs Mary Grabowsky, Linnburn

Carl Grabowsky, Linnburn

Donald Grant, Agnes Millar Wilson house

William Grieve, West Shandon

Malcolm Hamilton, Ardchapel

Edmund Hanagan, West Shandon

Robert G Hanning, Letrualt

Mrs Frances Chisholm Hartley, widow, Letrualt

Andrew Charles Henderson, Shandon House

Archibald Hutcheson, house number 5 1\4 mile post

Robert Keir, pier

Robert Keir, Hillhead

Walter Keir, Ardgare

Miss Jane Kerr, shop, Woodbank Place

Miss Margaret Euphemia Kerr, Stuckenduff

Miss Margaret Euphemia Kerr, Ardgare

Thomas Lyon, Shandon Station

Alexander P Lyon, Fiunary

Archibald MacAllister, Blairvaddick

Francis MacAulay, Summerhill

Mrs MacAuslane, Blairvaddick

Andrew MacCallum, Broomfield

Joseph MacCrae, Ardchapel

Peter MacDevitt, house number 5 1\4 mile post

Archibald MacDiarmid, Summerhill

James MacDonald, Ardgare

Robert MacGarvie, Woodbank Place

William MacGeoch, Cragmore

George MacJannet, Woodbank Place

Joseph Mackie, West Shandon

Charlotte MacKinlay, Hillhead

John MacKinlay, Woodbank Place

Miss Charlotte MacKinlay, Woodburn

Alexander MacKinnon, Balernock

Archibald MacLaren, Lagbuie

Mrs Margaret MacLean, West Shandon

Evan MacLennan, Glenfeulan

Lady Sophie MacLeod, shore ground, Fiunary

Henry MacLeod, Lagbuie

Reverend Doctor Donald MacLeod, Glenfeulan

Lady Sophie MacLeod, Fiunary

James MacRae, Broomfield

Alexander MacTaggart, house

James Maltman, Blairvaddick

Peter Miller, Hillhead

Reverend Hugh Miller, manse

George Mills, Greenhill

Charles Neaves, Hydropathic

James Reid, Croy

Alfred Robertson, Cragmore

David Ross, Shandon Station

George Ruthven, Stuckenduff

Mrs Annie L Schwabe, Oakbank

Mrs Helen Wallace, Croy

Robert Whillans, West Shandon

Robert Adam Whytlaw, Broomfield

William Williamson, Greenhill

Mrs Catherine Wilson, Woodbank Place

Suffragette arson attempt at Shandon

Dear blog reader

I’ve chosen to include the details of all the suffragette arson attempts reported at the same time to give an idea of what was happening.

Best wishes

Jacqueline

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STRATHEARN HERALD

Saturday 13 December 1913

MORE SUFFRAGIST OUTRAGES

DISASTROUS FIRES

CLYDESIDE MANSION GUTTED

Kelly House, Wemyss Bay, Fifth of Clyde, was completely gutted by fire on Friday morning. The mansion was one of the finest on the Clyde coast, and cost £25,000 to build. An examination of the grounds by the police gave evidence of the fire being the work of Suffragettes. Papers were found bearing the words, “Retaliation for the ‘Cat and Mouse’ Bill”.

ATTEMPT TO FIRE GARELOCH MANSION

At the end of last week an attempt was made to burn down the mansion-house of Ardgare, near Shandon. The house has been in the market for some time, and has been unoccupied since the death of Miss Kerr nearly three years ago. Entrance had been effected by smashing a plate-glass window. Paraffin had been sprinkled on the woodwork casing of the stair, and the fire started. A part of the flooring of the hall where the fire started was also burned. It was only when a couple of suffragist cards were found outside the house that the outrage was put down to suffragists.

The house, which belonged to the late Mr John Kerr, was purchased by him many years ago for about £10,000, and he effected many improvements on it. At the death of the life-renter, Miss Kerr, his sister, the property fell to the United Free Church of Scotland.

Following on the burning of the Scottish mansion three more fire outrages were reported on Saturday. The most serious was at Rusholme, Manchester, where a large exhibition building was destroyed by fire, the damage being estimated at about £12,000. Suffragette literature, marks of women’s boots, and a note to Mr Asquith, bearing the words, “This is your welcome to Oldham and Manchester” were found. The building burned fiercely, and for a time a neighbouring Church was in danger.

There were two outrages at Liverpool. Serious damage was done at the scenic railway at the exhibition.

An attempt to burn down the county stand at Aintree Racecourse was discovered before any damage was done.

Reverend John Brechin’s Appeal Part 2

Dear blog reader

This is part 2 of a series started last week on the appeal regarding Reverend John Brechin’s intoxication heard at the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland in 1881.

Last week we heard up to Reverend John Brechin’s evidence and so we will continue from Reverend John Brechin’s evidence this week.

Best wishes

Jacqueline

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GLASGOW HERALD MONDAY 23 MAY 1881

THE SHANDON CASE. DISMISSAL OF THE APPEAL.

Mr Brechin, on being called upon to speak, said he little expected to find himself in the position he now occupied. He could not speak, and begged that the Assembly would excuse him from making any remarks. He was perfectly satisfied with the pleadings on his behalf.

Dr Adam supported the appeal.

In answer to a question as to how much opium and morphia he had been in the habit of taking, Mr Brechin said a little too much had been made of the taking of drugs on his part. He first mentioned the taking of morphia to Mr McLellan when that gentleman came to him and said that three gentlemen had found him (Mr Brechin) under the influence of drink in his manse. He did not state who the gentlemen were, and he (Mr Brechin), thinking the question was asked for his own good, said “Mr McLellan, there must be some mistake. Sometimes I have to take a dose of morphia on account of severe pain in my head”. And he added that the taking of morphia might account for any seeming strangeness in his conduct. As showing how the taking of morphia affected his appearance, he said his own mother told him on one occasion that his eyes were very heavy. That was the whole story of the morphia. He would not take more than one dose of morphia in five or six months. The dose consisted of 25 or 30 drops.

Parties having been removed, Principal Rainy spoke. He said the case, so far as he could judge from a perusal of the evidence, and from the pleadings, was one that – whatever view they might take of the result – it was perfectly natural and reasonable, perhaps necessary, to proceed by libel, with regard to, and he did not concur in any imputation or censure, direct or indirect, on those who had had to do with the originating of the case or the bringing it before the Assembly. The first charge was, that on one occasion three gentlemen visited the manse, and they formed the impression that Mr Brechin was intoxicated. He was prepared to believe, although the time of their visit was late and the light not very good, that they saw in Mr Brechin what were indistinguishable from ordinary signs of intoxication. At the same time, it must be recollected, as had been brought out in the evidence, that Mr Brechin was suffering from an injury to his head and another to his hand, and he had taken a dose of morphia just before he was said to have been intoxicated, and he was not able to come to the conclusion that these circumstances might not be sufficient to produce the appearances exhibited by Mr Brechin, even if he had not been taking drink. With regard to the other count, he would be very unwilling to convict on a single case. The evidence in support of the second charge was very strong. Still, the case was that of a man of whom it had been sworn by the medical witnesses that, on account of the state of his health and the taking of morphia, it was not unlikely that he might be supposed to be intoxicated at times when he was not so. Abuse might be made of an allegation like this, and he regarded such an allegation with suspicion. Still there were very specific grounds for it in this case. He must say, however in regard to the use of narcotics, that it was safer to be doctored by one of the Faculty than to doctor one’s self.

Dr Benjamin Bell, Edinburgh (elder), supported the contention of Principal Rainy.

Mr Guthrie, the Assembly’s legal adviser, took the same view of the matter, and moved that the appeal be dismissed. They were dealing, he pointed out, with a man of unblemished character, against whom no accusation had ever been made, except that contained in the present libel, and he thought the charge of intoxication had been satisfactorily explained away.

After a few remarks in the same line from Professor Thomas Smith, Edinburgh, and Sir Henry Moncrieff, the latter pointing out the necessity of Mr Brechin being very careful indeed in the future, the motion for the dismissal of the appeal was adopted.

Reverend John Brechin’s Appeal Part 1

GLASGOW HERALD MONDAY 23 MAY 1881

THE SHANDON CASE. DISMISSAL OF THE APPEAL.

This case came before the Assembly [that is, the General Assembly of the Free Church of Scotland] in the shape of two protests and appeals – the first being one of a preliminary nature by the Presbytery of Dumbarton against the Synod of Glasgow and Ayr reading certain extract minutes of Presbytery; and the second one arising out of a libel raised by Mr W MacLellan and two other members and elders of the Free Church of Scotland against Mr John Brechin, the minister of that Church, accusing him of intoxication on various occasions. The libel was raised on 6th October last, and proof was led in the months of November and December. After proof the prosecutors asked for a conviction upon the first, second, third, fifth and eighth counts. The Presbytery acquitted Mr Brechin of the whole charges contained in the libel, and the prosecutors appealed to the Synod against that judgement so far as the third and eighth counts of the libel were concerned. The Synod adhered to the Presbytery’s judgement, and the appeal to the Assembly was then taken.

In the libel Mr Brechin was charged with having been in a state of intoxication, and so much under the influence of drugs or drinks that it was manifested from his speech, gait, and demeanor (1) on 1st April, 1877, in Clyde Street, Helensburgh; (2) on 3rd December, 1877, in the same street; (3) on 30th April, 1879, in the manse at Shandon; (4) on 30th September, 1879, on the public road east of the manse; (5) on 8th November, 1879, on the road between Helensburgh and Garelochhead; (6) on 28th December, 1879, at the Bible class in the Church; (7) on 3rd January, 1880, at Helensburgh Railway Station; and (8) on 30th March, 1880, at the manse.

Parties having been called, Dr Adam, Mr Howie, Mr MacAulay, Mr Wilson, and Mr Walter MacLellan (elder), appeared as dissentients from the finding of the Synod; and Mr Clugston, Stewarton; Mr Sturrock, Paisley; Mr Watson, Cardross; and Mr Sutherland appeared in support of the finding of the Synod, acquitting Mr Brechin on the charges of intoxication made against him. Mr Brechin appeared for himself.

Mr Watson, who, along with Mr Sutherland, appeared in support of the appeal by the Presbytery against the Synod reading certain extract minutes of Presbytery, intimated withdrawal of that appeal. The appellants, he said, were as persuaded as ever that amongst the Shandon case papers there were many documents which were irregular, and against the publication of these it was their duty to protest. However, since the Arrangements Committee had taken the responsibility of printing and circulating these papers amongst the members of the Assembly they had no more to say.

The Assembly then took up the protest and appeal against the decision of the Synod acquitting Mr Brechin.

Mr Walter MacLellan (elder), in the course of a long review of the case, said that before the Synod considerable stress was laid upon the fact that out of eight charges in the libel only two were then insisted upon. As to the fourth, sixth, and seventh charges, owing mainly to the rules of the Church, which prevented the prosecutors appealing to the Law Courts to force the attendance of witnesses, they were unable to support these charges by conclusive evidence, but he thought it right for himself and his co-prosecutors to say that they did not dispense with an appeal upon the first, second, and fifth counts from any doubt in their own minds that the proof of these charges was sufficient, but because it seemed to them desirable, to limit their appeal to two charges where, as they though beyond a doubt, the proof was conclusive. If, however, Mr Brechin, or those who maintained the judgements of the Presbytery and the Synod, were to found upon their not having appealed these further counts, then they at least said this, that they would be very glad that the Assembly should consider, as they had the right to do, the evidence with regard to them, and say whether or not that evidence afforded Mr Brechin ground for taking up the position that the charges were made without reasonable evidence in support of them. It humbly seemed to himself and his co-prosecutors, on the contrary, that a perusal of the evidence on those counts would tend to impress the Court very unfavourably with Mr Brechin’s character when they came to consider the evidence upon the third and eighth counts. He submitted, with reference to the two counts with which alone he would deal, the third and eighth counts, the judgements of the Presbytery and the Synod were clearly contrary to evidence. The third count set forth that on or about the 30th April, 1879, Mr Brechin was within his manse in a state of intoxication, and so much under the influence of drugs or drinks that it was manifest in his speech and demeanour; and in the eighth count the charge was that on 30th March, 1880, at or near the manse, he was unduly under the influence of drugs or drinks.

Mr Howie, Govan also supported the appeal.

Mr Watson spoke in support of the Synod’s decision, giving a summary of the evidence given by members of the congregation, residents in the neighbourhood, friends of Mr Brechin, and medical men to show that the charge of intoxication was unfounded.

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Dear blog readers

I shall leave you there hanging in suspense until next week when the next part shall be published starting with Mr Brechin’s defence in his own words.

I do hope you find this as fascinating as I do.

Best wishes

Jacqueline

Robert Napier’s Boats

GLASGOW HERALD
THURSDAY 14 OCTOBER 1897

F.C. [Free Church] Manse, Errol, October 12, 1897

Sir. – Would you permit me to supplement the excellent list of Clyde steamers which an ‘Old Coaster’ gives in the ‘Herald’ today? He has altogether omitted Napier’s boats on the Gareloch.

They were built – the Duchess of Argyle, 1849; the Victoria, 1850; and the Vulcan, 1854.

The name Vulcan does not come directly from Latin mythology, but from the Vulcan Foundry, Glasgow, which, at the time the Vulcan was built, belonged to Messrs Robert Napier & Sons. The Shandon and the Superb, also belonging to Napier, were running on the Gareloch before 1849, when the Duchess was built. The green boats on the Gareloch, which were owned by Henderson & McKellar, Renfrew, had down till 1854 in addition to those named by an ‘Old Coaster’ the Prince. She was the last passenger steamer built of wood that ran on the Clyde. She ended her days, rigged as a three-masted schooner, carrying cargo as a lighter.

The Emperor began as a Sunday steamer in June 1853, not 1855 as stated by an ‘Old Coaster’. She was run down and sank after a collision with the Duchess of Argyle off Shandon in September 1852, and after being lifted was bought by Mr Paton, and run as a Sunday boat. That collision also had another result. It was the occasion of Captain Stewart, who was master of the Duchess of Argyle, leaving the employment of Messrs Napier and becoming a steamboat owner himself. He ran the Baron in the Gareloch in the summer of 1853.

The Pioneer, which an ‘Old Coaster’ mentions as built for the Greenock Railway, should be added to the list of McBrayne’s boats. She had the daily run to Ardrishaig before the Mountaineer began in 1852, but the Pioneer left Glasgow at 6am because of her slower speed. Two boats somewhat famous in their day that ran to Rothesay are also omitted in the list of ‘Old Coaster’. The Rothesay Castle (No 2), built in 1861 for Mr Watson, the racing rival of the famous Ruby (No 3), and the Arran Castle, also belonging to Mr Watson, which was lost in March, 1865, on the passage from Clyde to London. Mr Watson himself being drowned in her.

In his list of Channel steamers the Stork is mentioned as one of Messrs Burns’ Liverpool boats. She was a Belfast boat, and ran in the Glasgow to Belfast service until 1856, when she was sold to David Hutcheson, and for some time after ran to Oban and Stornoway.

There are a few other notes I could give, but I have respect for your space; only I wish to add that I would be glad to place my own personal recollections of Clyde steamers, which I think are pretty accurate, between 1849 and 1871, when I came here, at the service of anyone who may be compiling a list of the Clyde boats – I am, etc.,

Archibald Campbell

Complaint about a steamer

Dear blog reader

I always find people’s letters fascinating for all that they tell us about the writer. Here is an interesting letter from, I believe, a holiday maker staying at Shandon attempting, and failing, to catch a steamer.

I hope you find the letter as interesting as I do.

Jacqueline

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GLASGOW HERALD MONDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 1895

THE LORD OF THE ISLES

WEST SHANDON HOUSE, SHANDON, N. B. [NORTH BRITAIN?], SEPTEMBER 20 1895

Sir, – On Wednesday morning last my daughter and myself left this place early in the morning to join the Lord of the Isles at Helensburgh, in response to an advertisement for a trip to Inveraray on that day.

The steamer came within sight of the pier, but turned about and left us. It was the Helensburgh tradesmen’s yearly holiday, and 50 trippers from there were on the quay ready to start, and the pier master informed me that he sent 30 more away when he saw the steamer depart. The pier master said that the steamer could have come alongside without danger; but however that may be, I think that the captain of the Lord of the Isles should have arranged with the Elaine, which passed close by, to take us over to Greenock to join the steamer for Inveraray there.

I wrote the owner of the Lord of the Isles to this effect, and, further, that I thought, under the circumstances of a spoilt day, that he should send me a couple of tickets for another day at the reduced fair. He writes me merely that as it was dangerous for the steamer to come alongside the pier she went back to Greenock.

If any of my fellow-sufferers will communicate with me, steps might perhaps be taken to test this matter – at all events, I think it is desirable that the public should know the facts of the case. – I am, etc.,

Robert C Clephan, of Newcastle-on-Tyne

Shandon Valuation Roll 1895


Dear blog reader

Welcome to the fifth part in a series, a list of the people, with house names where known, who were connected with Shandon in 1895.

In 1895 Shandon only had 16 households listed, a massive reduction compared to 1885. I suspect, unlike all other valuation rolls so far, only a few of the Shandon properties were counted as Shandon in 1895 for an unknown reason. In 1885 Shandon had 74 households, a huge increase from 1875 when Shandon had 32 households. The 1875 number was 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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George Archibald, Shandon Lodge
John Donaldson, West Shandon, West Lodge
Elizabeth Hanagan, West Shandon, East Lodge
Andrew Charles Henderson, Shandon House and Shandon Lodge
Robert Keir, pier
Robert Lindsay, Shandon Bank
Peter MacBride, Shandon Bank
Mrs Margaret Maclean, West Shandon, East Lodge
Alexander MacTaggart
Reverend Hugh Miller, manse
Thomas Reid, Shandon house
James B Shedden, Shandon station
John Watt, West Shandon, West Lodge
Robert Whillans, West Shandon
William R Wright, Shandon Bank




Visit of an Abyssinian hero

Field Marshal Robert Cornelis Napier, born 1810 in Colombo, British Ceylon and died 1890 in London, was a very distinguished British Indian Army office.

He fought in the First and Second Anglo-Sikh Wars, was the chief engineer during the second relief of Lucknow during the Indian Rebellion of 1857, was a commander during the Second Opium War and achieved his greatest fame when he led an expedition to Abyssinia in July 1867 with the aim of rescuing hostages.

Robert Napier was governor of Gibraltar from 1876 to 1883 and was Commander-in-Chief, India from 1870 to 1876. After Robert’s successful rescue mission to Abyssinia, he was made a Fellow of the Royal Society, a Freeman of the City of London and, in 1868, Baron Napier of Magdala.

Robert Napier

In 1868 Robert Napier visited West Shandon:

GLASGOW HERALD WEDNESDAY 23 SEPTEMBER 1868

LORD NAPIER OF MAGDALA AT WEST SHANDON, GARELOCH

Yesterday evening Lord and Lady Napier arrived at Helensburgh Station, from Glasgow, where they were met by Mr Napier, of the firm of Messrs Robert Napier & Sons, the eminent Glasgow shipbuilder, and from thence conveyed to Mr Napier’s beautiful residence at West Shandon, on Gareloch.

The circumstances of the visit of the Abyssinian hero to this district having been made known, a considerable number of ladies and gentlemen assembled at the station to witness his Lordship’s arrival. To give eclat to the occasion, flags and other insignia were displayed at the Helensburgh harbour, railway station and other adjoining buildings.

The distinguished General was expected to arrive by the quarter to four train from Glasgow but that train failed to bring him. The anxious assemblage were, however, only kept for a very little time in suspense, as only a quarter of an hour separated the train by which he was expected to arrive and the one by which he did arrive.

On being recognised on the platform he was greeted by a lusty cheer and outside the station frequent manifestations of ? [illegible] kind were made, all of which Lord Napier cordially acknowledged.

Last evening a distinguished party were invited to meet Lord Napier, including Sir James Colquhoun of Luss, Rev Dr Norman MacLeod, Glasgow; Rev Dr Duff, etc. His Lordship’s stay at West Shandon will extend over today.

Opinion of charitable mansions

Dear blog reader

I was fascinated when I discovered a local opinion on the giving of mansions to charity, given that I have published 3 blog posts on Broomfield and Berriedale being handed to charities.

I hope you also find this alternative opinion interesting.

Jacqueline

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GLASGOW HERALD WEDNESDAY 17 APRIL 1895

FRESH AIR FORTNIGHT HOMES AT SHANDON

Clarinish, Row, Helensburgh, April 15, 1895.

Sir – Acting upon the requisition, copy of which is annexed, signed by nearly all the householders between Faslane and Blairvaddick, and sent to me as their representative on the County Council, I brought the matter of the proposed Fresh Air Fortnight Home in Shandon before a meeting of the Western District Committee today, but found, as I anticipated, that they have no power to prevent the establishment of such a home. All they can do is secure that the sanitary arrangements, water supply, etc, be adequate and satisfactory.

But I think the public, on whose support these homes entirely depend, should know that a home is being opened in Shandon in direct antagonism to the expressed wishes of the residenters, who feel that their property is being depreciated, and the amenity of the place as a quiet residential district is being largely spoiled.

Besides, from my local knowledge, I can safely assert that the property acquired is quite unsuitable for the purpose. It is beside the sea, yet the children will never be permitted to play upon the shore; the grounds attached to the house extend to five acres, the mean slope of which is in 1 in 5, no part being level, or adapted for a playground. Notwithstanding the care which is exercised to prevent the bringing of infection into any district by the children sent, there can be no doubt that their presence is a distinct danger to public health.

We have, indeed, had experience of that in the home which is already in the district, and which had to be closed about a fortnight after its opening owing to an outbreak of fever. That this is not an unusual occurrence was shown by a statement made by a meeting today to the effect that there is a home at Balmaha, and every year since it was opened it has been closed for a period by the outbreak of infectious disease among the children.

Throughout the great number of letters I have received on the subject no one says a word against the charity or the spirit which prompts such handsome gifts. But while all are glad to think that the poor children should have a holiday by the sea or in the fresh country air, there is a strong and universal expression of opinion that there must be many places more suitable for such a purpose than Garemount, places where they would be free to play, romp, and enjoy themselves to their heart’s content without the possibility of inflicting injury and annoyance upon those residing permanently in the neighbourhood – I am, etc, Francis C Buchanan.

Copy of Requisition

To F C Buchanan, Clarinish, Row.

We, the undersigned, feuars and householders in the Gareloch, respectfully ask you as our representative on the County Council of Dumbartonshire to exercise your utmost influence in order to prevent a second Home for Fresh-Air Fortnight Children from Glasgow being set up in our midst, on the ground that it will completely spoil the amenity of the place as a residential district and be a standing menace to public health.

In the event your not being able to prevent the Home from being opened, we respectfully beg that you, as chairman of the Local Sanitary Committee, would insist on all the sanitary arrangements of the house being satisfactory and complete before the opening, especially that the burn and the shore be kept free from pollution – (Signed by)

Margaret McDonald, Belmore
Parlan MacFarlan, Faslane
Andrew J Kirkpatrick, Lagbuie
A C Henderson, Shandon House
D J Young, Cragmore
S MacLeod, Fuinary
William L Brown, Linnburn
Helen C MacKenzie, Altnacrille [Alt-na-Coille?]
Fanny C Hartley, Letrualt
John James Kerr, Ardgare
Duncan McKinlay, Woodburn
William Wallace, Croy
James Kirk, Broomfield

Shandon Hydro Hotel and great kindness

Dear blog reader

This week’s blog post is a tribute to the great kindness of Dominic Skeet who this week sent me a duplex postcard book of views of and around the Shandon Hydropathic Hotel.

I shall share below each postcard in the album (only one postcard was actually sent, that showing the terrace) and then what I actually find most fascinating in the album, the tariff list for the Shandon Hydro Hotel. Having said that, I do enjoy seeing the rooms where the subjects of so many of my blog posts actually took place.

The front cover:

Front cover

The 1st lounge:

1st lounge

The 2nd lounge:

2nd lounge

Part of dining room:

Dining room

The fishing pond:

Fishing pond

Garelochhead:

Garelochhead

Shandon:

Shandon

The golf course:

Golf course

Rhu:

Rhu

If you were to have stayed at the Shandon Hydro Hotel when this album was published, here’s what you would have been charged:

TARIFF

The inclusive terms are as follows:

April to September – from 18\- per day

October to March – from 15\- per day

And these terms include – bedroom, attendance, lights, breakfast, luncheon, afternoon tea, dinner – also the enjoyment of baths (private or swimming in baths department), putting green, tennis on covered or open-air hard courts, bowls, croquet, dancing in the hotel ballroom, concerts, entertainments.

Apart from the inclusive terms quoted above, the general tariff is as under –

Apartments – single bedroom 8/6 to 15/-, double 18/- to 26/-, sitting room per day 21/-

Breakfasts – plain 2/6, Table d’Hote 4/-

Luncheon – Table d’Hote 4/-

Teas – afternoon, in lounge 1/6

Dinners – Table d’Hote 7/6

Dinner and dance – 11/6

Meals in bedroom – extra per meal, 1/- per head

Visitors’ servants – 15/- per day, apartments and board

Garage – per week from 12/6 to 17/6; per day 2/- to 3/-; 2 hours or less, 1/-, motor cycles and side cars 2/- per day, private lock up per week £1\2\6; per day 3/6, washing cars 2/6 to 5/-, use of hose for washing cars 1/-.