Family Coat of Arms at Mount Stuart

 This morning, I collected my tour guests from central Glasgow and then drove west to Wemyss Bay to connect with the 10.15 am ferry departure for Rothesay, Isle of Bute. Upon arrival we proceeded to Mount Stuart, a 19th century Gothic palace, initiated by the 3rd Marquess of Bute (1847-1900) who, at the time, was believed to be the richest man in Britain. No expense  was spared on the lavish and intrictate construction. We joined in a one hour, guided tour which encompassed:

  • Marble Hall
  • Dining Room
  • Gallery
  • Horoscope Room and Conservatory
  • Family Bedroom.
  • Lady Bute Room
  • Purple Library
  • Marble Chapel.

Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, Scotland

Mount Stuart, Bute, Scotland

The palace sits in extensive grounds which are also open to the public.

Garden at Mount Stuart, Bute, Scotland

Parkland at Mount Stuart, Bute, Scotland

Rhododendrons at Mount Stuart, Bute

Upon completion of the tour, we returned to Rothesay and undertook a brief driving tour around the town, including Canada Hill from which point relatives used to wave farewell to emigrants departing on ships for North America.

Next, we caught the 2.00pm ferry back to Wemyss Bay and then embarked on a tour of Gourock to connect with sites known to be associated with group’s ancestors in the 19th century. These included:

  • Albert Road
  • Kempock Place
  • Hillside Road.
  • Shore Street.
  • Cove Road.

Cove Road, Gourock, Scotland

With proprietor at Albert Hotel, Gourock, Scotland

Albert Hotel, Gourock, Scotland

Kempock Place, Gourock, Scotland

A specific place where we encountered some luck was the Albert Hotel, where an ancestor was proprietor. Here the current owner had an interest in local history and proved very helpful.

Here is a clip of the Firth of Clyde taken from Cove Road, Gourock

Finally, we returned to central Glasgow about 5.30 pm.

Tomorrow we visit more ancestry sites in Glasgow and Burns Country. 

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