Kingairloch House

A shooting lodge at the centre of the Kingairloch and Glensanda Estate on the Morvern peninsula of the W Highlands, Kingairloch House stands at the head of Loch a' Choire. The house dates from the 18th century when, under the name of Connach, it was built by the Macleans of Kingairloch to replace their home at Glensanda Castle. They sold the estate c.1800 and emigrated to Canada. Thereafter the estate passed through the lands of James Forbes of Hutton Hall in Essex - father-in-law of British prime minister Henry Campbell-Bannerman (1836 - 1908) - who soon enlarged the house. The house was improved and extended once again between 1888-94 by Larbert-based industrialist John Bell Sherriff and turned into a grand Baronial shooting lodge in 1903-04 for Derbyshire cotton magnate George Herbert Strutt, who had bought the estate in 1902. The size of the house was then drastically reduced in 1964-65, presumably to ensure it remained viable in straitened times. An unusual corrugated iron ballroom dating from c.1900 survives. A notable local character was Patricia Strutt - known as the Killer Lady of Kingairloch - whose passion for hunting deer ensured she had shot some 2000 stags between 1930 and the time she died in 2000, at the age of 89. The Glensanda section of the estate was sold to the family-run firm Foster Yeoman Ltd. in the mid-1980s to be developed as a super-quarry, with the Kingairloch section sold to the same company in 1989. When that company was sold in 2006, the 5665-ha (14,000-acre) Kingairloch Estate was bought by the Yeoman family who have revitalised it as a viable mixed-use estate. A 3.5 MW hydro-electric power station was built near the house in 2005.

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