NS3875 : Helenslee House: detail

taken 2 years ago, near to Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

Helenslee House: detail
Helenslee House: detail
NS3875 : Helenslee House / Keil School shows this detail in context. As noted there, John Honeyman made modifications and additions to the building on behalf of Peter Denny, this being one of them, as the visible Latin motto indicates. Heraldic details for Denny of Dumbarton: "Azure, three suns in their splendour in chief or, and in the honour point a martlet of the last. ... Motto: 'Fortis et Benignus'"; see NS3975 : Statue of Peter Denny: armorial detail for a reference.
Keil School

An independent school founded at Keil House (NR67670788), at the southern tip of Kintyre, in 1915. After a disastrous fire, it relocated, in 1925, to the mansion house of Helenslee (NS38677506), which is in the Kirktonhill area of Dumbarton. The school remained there until its final closure in 2000. The building itself subsequently remained unoccupied, and it was damaged by fire early in 2013. A housing development was created around it; Helenslee House itself was supposed to be restored as a part of that development, but, as of the end of 2016, that has not yet occurred.

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Date Taken
Friday, 3 January, 2020   (more nearby)
Thursday, 5 March, 2020
Geographical Context
Housing, Dwellings  Derelict, Disused 
Primary Subject of Photo
Building Detail 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3866 7505 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.4801N 4:35.0896W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3871 7501
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Northwest (about 315 degrees)
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