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This building is in the Argyll And Bute Council and the Dunoon And Kilmun Parish. It is a category C building and was listed on 04/05/2006.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NS 1837 8093.


Loch Lomond And Trossachs National Park Planning Authority

Rockbank, a 3-bay 1½-storey gable-fronted villa, situated on the S side of Midge Lane, facing the sea, with the coach house to the main road, is perhaps the best-preserved 19th century villa along the Kilmun/Strone shore. It retains all of its original exterior features, including the round-headed lying-pane windows, bargeboarding, the cast iron porch to the front and the coach house. Rockbank is a very well-preserved example of an earlier 19th century villa indicative of the style and quality evident along the shore.

The design of Rockbank is relatively simple, with a gable to the left containing a hood-moulded window to the first floor and a framed window below. To the right is a pitch-roofed half-dormer and in the centre is a slated-cheek dormer. At the centre is a flat-roofed cast iron entrance porch with brattishing and fretwork arcades. Some of the details to the rear of the house may be later, for example the half-timbered first-floor projection supported on cast iron columns and the wide tripartite dormers.

Interior: admission to the interior was not obtained during the resurvey (2004).

Materials: harled rubble with sandstone dressings. Slate roof, stone stacks with polygonal clay cans. Timber sash and case windows with round-headed panes.

Coach House, Boundary Walls: the coach house is piend-roofed and central-gabled with a square-headed cart door and hayloft over. To the rear (S) it is double-gabled with 12-pane sash and case windows. From map evidence, this does not appear to be the original coach house and it appears that towards the end of the 19th century the coach house was moved back from the line of the road to allow for some space to the N. The 2nd edition OS map appears to show two projecting wings to the sides of the coach house. Boundary walls are all of rubble.


The series of villas along Midge Lane is a continuation of the development of the Kilmun shore after a long stretch of shoreline was feued by marine engineer David Napier from Campbell of Monzie. As a result of the establishment of a direct steamer route from Glasgow to Kilmun the area quickly became a popular resort for Glasgow merchants.


Ordnance Survey 1st edition (c1863) and 2nd edition (c1898); List of Benmore Feuars (c1915), Courtesy of Benmore Trust.

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ACategory A

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