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Ballochmyle House

Located 1¼ miles (2 km) east southeast of Mauchline (East Ayrshire), Ballochmyle House is a fine red-sandstone mansion built in 1760 for the Whitefoord family, possibly to designs by William Adam (1689 - 1748). This mansion replaced the original tower-house on the site. The building was extended in succeeding years and the frontage was added in 1886 by the architect H.M. Wardrop for Sir Claud Alexander. When the latter died in 1899, the house was let until it was sold to the government in 1939 for use as a hospital. Pavilion-style buildings were added around the house, with construction quickly completed to meet anticipated war-time requirements. The old house was used for staff accommodation and administration. The operation of the hospital transferred to a local hospital board on the creation of the National Health Service in 1948 and by that stage had adopted a purely civilian role.

Ballochmyle Hospital closed in 2000, the surrounding buildings were demolished and the house is awaiting redevelopment.


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