Free talk on Rothesay’s cast-iron heritage

Rothesay's cast-iron heritage - seen here on the frontage of Grand Marine Court in the town's Argyle Street - will be the subject of a talk by local expert Jim Mitchell on Thursday, June 27.
Rothesay's cast-iron heritage - seen here on the frontage of Grand Marine Court in the town's Argyle Street - will be the subject of a talk by local expert Jim Mitchell on Thursday, June 27.

An expert is giving a free talk on Rothesay’s cast iron heritage at the United Church of Bute later this month.

Jim Mitchell is already producing a guide to the traditional ironwork of Rothesay as part of the Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI), and the public will have the chance to hear him speak on the subject on Thursday, June 27 at 7pm.

Jim, who lives at the Straad on Bute’s west coast, will touch on Rothesay’s strong connections with two of Glasgow’s iron foundries, McFarlane’s Saracen foundry and Smith’s Sun foundry.

Both have intriguing links with the town and the talk will tell the story of Rothesay’s ornamental iron and its place locally.

“Rothesay’s heritage takes lots of forms,” Jim said, “but how many people know about the wealth of Victorian ornamental ironwork we have?

“There is also a strong connection with a son of Bute who went on to become a partner in the greatest foundry of them all.

“I would like to share this fascinating story so that people can look out for it themselves. You are all very welcome to come along.”

Cllr Robert Macintyre, Argyll and Bute Council’s lead councillor for Bute and Cowal, said: “This certainly promises to be an interesting and worthwhile talk about Rothesay’s iron heritage and I would encourage you took book a place as early as possible.”

Refreshments will be provided and to book a place at the talk please contact Gill Allenby by e-mail Gillian.Allenby@argyll-bute.gov.uk or call 01700 501358.