In the Beginning...
Robert commissioned the artist, Devis, to paint himself and his two younger brothers, Admiral Sir Adam and General Sir Gordon, under the magnificent Beech Tree avenue, planted as a living memorial to the fallen at Culloden. Robert has his dogs Wasp and Tippo by his side and is holding his favourite book of Persian poetry.
Megginch gardens open to the public for the first time, to raise money for the Industrial School in Errol. The flower garden was laid out by Lady Charlotte Drummond, daughter of the 4th Duke of Atholl.
Victoria, Malcolm’s daughter and a goddaughter of Queen Victoria, was awarded the Lloyd’s medal for bravery, “about the most courageous woman I ever saw“, and the MBE. She was also the first female Chief Engineer in the Merchant navy.
Cherry Drummond, 11th Drummond of Megginch, took her seat in the House of Lords as the16th Baroness Strange.
In 1999 she was one of the few hereditary peers to be re-elected, her manifesto read “I shall bring flowers every week to this House from my Castle in Perthshire” – and she did!
She was President of the War Widows Association from 1990 – 2005.
Substantial planting of the heritage orchard. Ethel Ramsay assisted by her husband George and Inca the mouser. The orchard holds two National Fruit Collections
Megginch opens a NeighbourFood Market in the Carriage House. NeighbourFood is a free online market enabling local growers, bakers and makers to sell their produce direct to the local community.
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