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Glenfinart House on fire

Glenfinart House was located in Glenfinart Forest, Ardentinny, Argyll & Bute, on the western shore of Loch Long. Following a fire in the 1960s, only the surviving part of the house is the tower, within a caravan park which occupies the grounds.

Glenfinart House originally lay within the estate of the Earls Dunmore(1). The land passed to the Douglas family, via Archibald John Douglas and Charles Douglas, then, in 1893, to Henry Pigé-Leschallas. Additions were made in 1896 by William Hunter McNab.  Henry's son, Major John Leschallas, lived there with his family until 1926, when they sold the house and moved south, having previously sold off some parts of the estate in 1922.

The original Glenfinart Estate became fragmented as it changed hands over the years, gradually reducing in size as it was broken up into lots, and sold off. Having encompassed an area including most of the peninsular land which it lay on between Loch Fyne to the west, and Loch Long and Loch Goil to the east, its size fell to that of the present day Glenfinart Forest. The Forestry Commission purchased the remainder of the Douglas estate in 1934, when it became part of the Argyll Forest Park in 1935, the first such area to be established in Britain. The Commission bought or leased land throughout the inter-war period, when land prices were low, and so accumulated large holdings. The fields opposite Finart Bay were once a Forestry Commission nursery, and Glenfinart's Ardentinny nursery supplied seedling trees for new plantations throughout Scotland.

Glenfinart House was requisitioned during World War II, and designated HMS Armadillo. Initially used as a War Office camp, it transferred to the Royal Navy in 1942, and provided training facilities for RN Beach Commandos.

Following the end of the war, the house returned to private ownership, and became a hotel.

In 1968, Glenfinart House was destroyed by fire, leaving on its site only by the remains of its entrance portico and tower, which stand within a caravan site which now occupies the grounds.

Residents appear to include General Sir Neil Douglas and his son General Sir John


Glenfinart c1851-1853 


Glenfinart House




Glenfinart tower in 2012 The motto over the porch reads "De Tout Mon Coeur" The remains after the fire (as in 1995)



1.  Lord and Lady Dunmore were residing in Glenfinart in 1913 'as they planned to build Dunmore Park'.


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  • Douglas of Glenfinart

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