Meikle Ascog

(Ascog Lodge)

Meikle Ascog
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Meikle Ascog

Meikle Ascog is a modest symmetrical Victorian box which was built c.1840 a short distance to the east of Ascog House on the Isle of Bute by water engineer Robert Thom (1774 - 1847), who bought the Ascog Estate in 1831. It lies within 8 ha (20 acres) of woodland and paddock. Once known as Ascog Lodge, Meikle Ascog comprises two storeys and a basement, with a slate roof. It is white-harled with yellow sandstone dressings. Accommodation extends to four public rooms, with fine views over the Firth of Clyde, and six bedrooms.

It was let by Thom's children to Sir William Murray of Ochertyre (1801-61), who lived here for many years. In 1939, both Meikle Ascog and Ascog House were bought by John Crichton-Stuart (1907-56), then Earl of Dumfries but later the 5th Marquess of Bute. Meikle Ascog was used by Bute's younger brother, Lord Rhidian Crichton-Stuart (1917-69), and later by a cousin. Sold to the Landmark Trust in 1989, who restored both properties as holiday accommodation, Meikle Ascog was later sold back into private hands.

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