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Langgarth House

Langgarth is one of Stirling’s great villas, designed by the architect William Leiper (1839 – 1916). Built in 1897, it was originally one in a group of four on the St Ninians Road. The others were Viewforth (Stirling Council headquarters), Springbank (demolished to make way for Central Regional Council’s headquarters in 1995) and Annfield (also demolished). Langgarth was latterly used by Central Regional Council, and along with its little gatehouse, is now empty and boarded up.

This illustration is from the French magazine L’Architecte, 1907 and was purchased for the Smith  from ebay. It shows Langgarth in its early years. Leiper was an architect who paid as much attention to the laying out of the gardens and grounds as he did to the building, and the garden has yet to mature.

The 1901 Census lists the owner of Langgarth as widower William Renwick, aged 61 with his son Thomas, 8, and daughter Bethea, 7. His sister-in-law and five servants made up the household, with gardener George McCall and his wife Ann in the Lodge. Renwick was proprietor of the sugar cane mills in Bengal, India.

Leiper is an architect of outstanding importance with the design of buildings such as the Templeton Carpet Factory, Dowanhill Church and the City Chambers banqueting hall, all in Glasgow and many fine villas in Helensburgh. It would be a shame if Langgarth were lost to Stirling.

Comments(4)

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    Elizabeth Andrews says

    Thank you for posting.

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    Andrew Scott says

    Thanks for posting this. William Renwick was my great grandfather. His son, William Somerville (Bill) Renwick, the engineer, sold Langgarth and used the proceeds to fund the Aston Martin motor company which he bought with ‘Bert’ Bertelli. By all accounts he was a good engineer (the engine he designed powered all Aston Martins from 1927 – 1940) but not a good businessman – and like so many others, eventually had to sell Aston Martin when he could no longer afford it… The Langgarth money was all used up!

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      F. Hendry says

      Hi Andrew, I found your history fascinating, and I would like to add to it if I can.I believe my ancestors must have purchased Langgarth from yours in or around 1901,1902 thereabouts. I know my great grandfather, Peter Hendry lived there, and then his son, my grandfather Archibald Hendry. After the war, my father(Archie’s son William) and his new bride lived in the lodge.My grandmother, and Aunt Jean and her husband and children all lived in the big house.From my older sister’s accounts, and our cousins, they were indeed golden days. After the death of A. Hendry, my grandmother and Aunt had to sell their beloved Langgarth in the 50’s.
      My cousin took my sister, brother, and me back to Langgarth for a reminicite visit back in the seventies, and we were all quite shocked at what had been done to some of the most beautiful features. So sad. It would be so wonderful if the old Langgarth could be brought back to life! Thanks for listening.

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      F.Hendry says

      Hi Andrew, I read your post on your family history connection to Langgarth, and I would like to add to it where you left off. I think my great, grandfather ( I’d have to double check the number of greats with my cousins.) must have bought Langgarth from your grandfather? Peter D.Hendry lived there in around the early 1900’s. His son,( my grandfather) Archibald Hendry and his wife and children lived there up to and through the second world war. When my father married, he and his new bride lived in the lodge. My sister had many fond memories of playing with our cousins in Langgarth. Unfortunately and typically when my grandfather died, my grandmother couldn’t afford to live in Langgarth anymore and so sold it I believe in the late 50’s.
      My cousin took my sister, brother and myself on a sentimental visit to Langgarth, when we were over for a holiday back in 1977. It was very sad to see such a fine house being used for offices, and a lot of her beautiful features covered over with drywall and wires. Thank you for putting out there your piece of history, it has helped deepened ours.

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