Garrison And College, Isle Of Cumbray
Photographer: Annan, Thomas
Medium: Photographic print
In Chapter XI of the book 'History of the County of Bute,' John Eaton Reid writes a "parochial history" of Cumbray to accompany Thomas Annan's photograph of the island's Garrison and College.
"The most prominent, however, of the ecclesiastical buildings in Cumbrae are those founded by the Honourable G. F. Boyle (now Earl), consisting of the church and college, together with the schools adjacent, and the little church of St. Andrew's within the policies, all in connection with the Episcopal Church of Scotland, and under the direction of the Bishop of Argyle and the Isles, who is Provost of the College. Episcopal worship first took place in St. Andrew's Chapel on 1st August 1848, and on Whit-Tuesday, 1849, the first stone of the College Church was laid. The Buildings, which are an honour to the architect, W. Butterfield Esq., London, present a very imposing appearance, situated as they are in grounds laid off with much taste. The church occupies the centre, and is of most beautiful and chaste design, surmounted by a tower and spire of very elegant proportions, 123 feet in height, containing three fine-toned bells and a clock of excellent workmanship."
Text from the book 'History of the County of Bute' by John Eaton Reid