Dalmoak Castle, Renton, Dumbartonshire
|Dalmoak Castle. © Jeremy Watson|
|Dalmoak Castle: the staircase. © Jeremy Watson|
The Aikens of Dalmoak Castle
Aiken, John (1801-75), of Dalmoak Castle. Second son of James Aiken (1757-1820) and his wife Elizabeth, daughter of John Russell of Arns (Dumbartonshire); born at Wester Myvet, New Monkland, 29 January 1801. Wine and spirit merchant at Glasgow. He married, December 1841 at Barony, Glasgow, Janet (1820-69), younger daughter of John Belch of Drumoyne (Lanarks) and had issue:
(1) James Aiken (1843-1928) (q.v.);
(2) John Belch Aiken of Glasgow, writer to the signet, d.unm. 1904;
(3) Jane Taylor Aiken (d. in infancy);
(4) Jane Taylor Aiken, d. unmarried.
He purchased the Dalmoak estate, Renton (Dumbartonshire) in 1857 and nearby Succoth in 1860, and built Dalmoak House in 1866-69.
He died 24 November 1875, aged 74. He was buried in the Aiken Mausoleum at the Glasgow Necropolis.
Aiken, James (1843-1928), of Dalmoak Castle. Elder son of John Aiken (1801-75) and his wife Janet, dau of John Belch of Drumoyne (Lanarks); born 2 February 1843. Educated at Glasgow University (MA 1863); writer to the signet in the firm of Barton, Aiken & Co., Glasgow ; JP for Dumbartonshire. Unmarried.
He inherited the Dalmoak House estate from his father in 1875 and added to it by the purchase of Whiteleys, West Mains of Cardross and Ardochbeg in 1888. After his death the house is said to have been occupied by one of his trustees, James Cyril Mawdesley Aiken, until c.1934 when it was sold to a farmer, Mr. Young of Dalmoak Farm.
He died 24 September 1928, aged 85.
Burke's Landed Gentry, 1925, p.9; J. Gifford & F.A. Walker, The buildings of Scotland: Stirling and central Scotland, 2002, p. 355; notes on the house and Aiken family by Lairich Rig at http://www.geograph.org.uk/photo/2773622; J. Watson, 'Dalmoak House'. Architectural Heritage Society of Scotland Magazine, no. 34, Autumn 2013.
Location of archives
No significant archive is known to survive.
This post was first published, 31 July 2013, and was updated 28 September 2013 and 6 September 2019. I am most grateful to Michel Szwed-Cousins for corrections and additions.