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Kildonan House

Kildonan Mansion House, 1 mile north of Barhill/South Ayrshire, was designed by James Miller for Captain David Euan Wallace MP, an assistant Whip for the government.

Kildonan House

James Miller designed a number of prominent buildings in Ayrshire including Turnberry Hotel and Troon Town Hall.

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Kildonan House was constructed between 1915 and 1923. It was exhibited at the R.S.A. as one of Miller's finest works.

Captain Wallace married the British aristocrat Lady Idina Sackville in 1913. They had two sons before divorcing in 1919. Lady Idina moved to Kenya with her second husband around that time, leaving their sons with Captain Wallace. Lady Idina went on to mary five times, with her wild lifestyle becoming the talk of the upper class society.

Captain Wallace married his second wife, Barbara Lutyens in 1920, with whom he had another three sons. Barbara Lutyens was the daughter of the famous architect Sir Edwin Lutyens who designed many prominent buildings and memorials.

Captain Wallace died in 1941 aged 49, and four of his sons died soon after. The four sons died in action during the Second World War.

The son that survived the war was Billy Wallace, who died in 1977 aged 50. Billy Wallace was for a time, an escort of Princess Margaret.

Kildonan House served as a boarding convent school run by the Sisters of St Joseph of Clunyand between 1946 and 1978.

From 1978, Kildonan changed hands a number of times. One of these owners operated the house as a hotel.

The most recent work carried out on Kildonan House was to make it suitable for self catering holidays and an events centre.