Saturday, 8 December 2012

Netherhall House


The Lord Kelvin was one of Ulster's most distinguished sons. I have written about him here.

His new wealth afforded him the opportunity to purchase land in Ayrshire, in 1874, on which he planned to create a fine mansion house.

Soon after his second marriage, Sir William Thomson ~ later elevated to the peerage as Baron Kelvin ~ built his new home, Netherhall House, at Largs, Ayrshire.

The mansion house was largely designed by Thomson himself at a cost of £12,000, and was in the Scottish-baronial style.

It has now been converted into apartments.


True to Thomson's love of progress, Netherhall was one of the first houses in the area to be fitted with electric light.

His association with Largs extended over fifty years as a holiday resort and he was well known throughout the district.

The relationship between Lord Kelvin and the local community often proved a close one. It was here, in his beloved Largs, that he would eventually pass away at the age of 83 on December 17, 1907.

It was decided that he should rest "with so many of the other illustrious sons of Britain" in Westminster Abbey.

He was buried in Westminster Abbey, with national honours, on the 23rd December, 1907, next to Sir Isaac Newton's tomb.


Anonymous said...

Timothyyou may not realise, but one of the six Houses of the Royal Belfast Academical Institution is named after lord Kelvin. The others, being Pirrie, Larmour, Dill, Stevenson and Jones: we have kept that tradition alive; unlike that College you attended, which seems to change the names of its houses at the drop of a hat!

Timothy Belmont said...

I wasn't aware of that. I applaud it.

My House was Chase's, incidentally! No idea whether it still exists, or not; must make inquiries.