Blythswood House

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Blythswood House in 1870

Blythswood House was a neoclassical mansion at Renfrew, Scotland.

It was designed in 1821, by the eminent architect James Gillespie Graham for Archibald Campbell, the Member of Parliament for the Glasgow District of Burghs.[1] On his death in 1838 it passed to his second cousin Archibald Douglas of Mains, who adopted the name of Campbell.

The house contained a well-known laboratory that was used from 1892 to 1905 to experiment into many areas at the borders of physics, including the use of cathode rays, X-rays, spectroscopy and radioactivity.[2]

The house remained the seat of the Lords Blythswood until its demolition in 1935. Five years later the family title became extinct.[3]


  1. ^ The old country houses of the old Glasgow gentry: Blythswood House, Glasgow Digital Library. Retrieved 10 July 2008.
  2. ^ "Libraryand Archive catalog". Royal Society. Retrieved 21 December 2010.
  3. ^ Blythswood House, The Glasgow Story. Retrieved 10 July 2008.

Coordinates: 55°53′18″N 4°24′07″W / 55.88843°N 4.402°W / 55.88843; -4.402