It was built in 1844 when Queen Victoria was only 25yrs old and had only been Queen for 7 years. (This photo was taken in 1882 when she was just 23yrs old).
James Knox Polk had just been elected the 11th President of the United States of America (1845–49).
Napoleon Bonaparte had only died 23 years prior to the Barony being built and the US Civil War wouldn’t start for another 17 years.
It was a different time – a different world….and down through the years the Barony St. John has been captured on film and in paintings, still sitting proudly on the seafront of Ardrossan.
How can anyone not want to save these buildings? They are a living history of Ardrossan, North Ayrshire and Scotland.