Sunday, 30 October 2022
Friday, 28 October 2022
Bruce George Ronald Murray, 12th Duke of Atholl OStJ (born 5/6 April 1960), is a South African-born hereditary peer in the Peerage of Scotland and Chief of Clan Murray.As Duke of Atholl, he has the right to raise Europe's only legal private army, the Atholl Highlanders, a unique privilege granted to his family by Queen Victoria after visiting Blair Atholl in 1844.
The elder son of John Murray, 11th Duke of Atholl, and Margaret Yvonne née Leach, now styled the Dowager Duchess of Atholl, graduated from Jeppe High School for Boys Johannesburg in 1979. He was educated at Saasveld Forestry College before serving his two years' National Service with the South African Infantry Corps. He is currently a volunteer member of the Transvaal Scottish Regiment, holding the rank of lieutenant. Previously he managed a tea plantation, but then ran a signage business producing signs for commercial buildings.He was commissioned into the Atholl Highlanders in 2000, being appointed as lieutenant colonel. Upon the death of his father on 15 May 2012, he succeeded to all his father's titles, becoming the 12th Duke of Atholl.
The Duke first married on 4 February 1984, in Johannesburg, to Lynne Elizabeth Andrew (born Johannesburg, 7 June 1963), daughter of Nicholas George Andrew of Bedfordview, South Africa (born Brighton, East Sussex, June 1939) and wife Evelyn Donne de Villiers, and they divorced in 2003. Together they had three children, two sons and one daughter:
Michael Bruce John Murray, Marquess of Tullibardine (born Louis Trichardt, 5 March 1985)
Lord David Nicholas George Murray (born Louis Trichardt, 31 January 1986)
Lady Nicole Murray (born Duiwelskloof, 11 July 1987); married to Peter Piek
He married secondly Charmaine Myrna du Toit in 2009, without issue.
Obituary: John Murray, 11th Duke of Atholl, retired South African surveyor who inherited one of Scotland’s most ancient titles
Born: 19 January, 1929, in Johannesburg. Died: 15 May, 2012, near Haenertsburg, South Africa, aged
By The Newsroom
19th May 2012, 1:00am
ALTHOUGH of distant Scots origin, John Murray was a retired South African land surveyor in his mid-60s when he was informed he had inherited one of Scotland’s most ancient titles, Duke of Atholl. That also made him, overnight, chief of the Clan Murray and Colonel-in-Chief of Europe’s only legal private army, the Atholl Highlanders infantry regiment, as well as giving him umpteen other courtesy titles within the Scottish peerage, from Balquhidder to Glenalmond. His son Bruce, also very much a South African, suddenly became Marquess of Tullibardine, the Perthshire area now perhaps best known for its single malt distillery.
Until John Murray took over his new titles in 1996, he had only rarely had a dram and never owned a kilt. Throughout his life, he had thought little, if at all, of the fact that he was a distant (third) cousin of Iain Murray, the tenth Duke of Atholl and chief of Clan Murray who lived in the 13th-century Blair Castle, Perthshire, with its 120,000-acre estate. The South African surveyor knew of the distant relationship and had visited the castle once, in 1994, but the distant family connection was never a factor in his life until the tenth Duke passed away in 1996.
Even after being told he had inherited the historic titles, the 11th Duke continued to live in quiet retirement in a South African mountain village, preferring the South African sun to the damp of Scottish castles. He did, however, visit Scotland once a year to carry out his ceremonial duties.
These included inspecting the annual parade of the Atholl Highlanders, made up of 85 local men and officers, at the family’s historic seat, Blair Castle, before presiding over the traditional Blair Atholl Highland Games in the nearby village.
In full Highland dress, and with his wife, the Duchess Peggy, by his side, he did so every year to the delight of the locals until ill health forced him to miss last year’s gathering. This year’s parade and gathering will go ahead next weekend as planned, with the castle’s flags at half-mast as a sign of respect, and a memorial service added.
Locals hope the new, 12th, Duke, John’s son Bruce, will come over from South Africa to fulfil the traditional role.
Despite all the titles, and the extent of the Atholl estates, the 11th Duke inherited no land. The tenth Duke, affectionately and teasingly dubbed “wee Iain” in the Scottish media because he stood 6’ 5” in his garter-flash stocking soles, had handed the 120-room castle and estates over to a charitable trust a year before he died.
Some say the canny “wee Iain” was miffed that the historic Scottish estate was about to get into the hands of a distant cousin in South Africa who might see it as “a commercial concern, not a home”. John Murray, the 11th Duke, insisted he had never considered turning the estate into a commercial concern but he certainly never got the chance to and it now belongs to the Blair Charitable Trust, with Blair Castle a major tourist attraction and relatives of the 10th Duke among the trustees. It is popular for Highland banquets, balls, weddings and other functions. “I never harboured any aspirations to inherit the estate,” the 11th Duke later said.
“I am happy that the land has gone into a charitable trust. I have a simple lifestyle and will not make myself ridiculous with a title that does not fit my scene. It means nothing in South Africa … I have Scottish blood in my veins, but no Scottish culture … I respect and honour Scotland as the land of my origins, but I would never want to live there. I am a South African, not a Scotsman. My heart and my mind are in this country (South Africa).”
With the castle part of a trust, and open to the public, the popularity of the 11th Duke and Duchess Peggy was such that they were often invited to stay in private homes during their visits to Scotland.
To many Scots historians, and non-Murray clansmen with long memories, the Dukes of Atholl will forever be remembered most for being among the first large landowners to launch the Highland Clearances in the 19th century, evicting crofters and their families in favour of sheep.
It was a legacy difficult to live down thereafter – many Atholl crofters were forced to emigrate to the colonies – but the new South African Duke of the 1990s quickly won over the locals in his historic homeland through his humility and dedication to his ceremonial role.
He pledged to maintain Atholl traditions, notably to retain the Atholl Highlanders, mainly as a tourist attraction. The regiment was founded in 1844 after Queen Victoria, said to have partaken freely of the local whisky, mixed with a fine French claret as was her English wont, gave the Duke of the time a unique licence to form his own private army, one that need not be beholden to the army of Great Britain.
Although the Atholl Highlanders are composed mainly of locals from the Blair Atholl area, the late Duke recently recruited his South African grandson, who held the titles Master of Tullibardine and Earl of Strathtay and Strathardle, into the regiment.
John Murray was born in Johannesburg in 1929, the only child of Major George Murray and Joan Eastwood. His father died in active service during the Second World War, when John was 11 years old.
After gaining a degree in engineering at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, he got his first job as a land surveyor, the career he would follow all his life.
In 1956, he married Margaret “Peggy” Leach, who would become a reflexologist, and they would go on to have three children, including, in 1960, a baby called Bruce.
Who could have imagined that a South African baby called Bruce would one day become the 12th Duke of Atholl, chief of the Clan Murray, colonel-in-chief of the Atholl Highlanders?
“His Grace” (as protocol required him to be addressed) the 11th Duke of Atholl is survived by his wife Margaret (“Peggy”), children Bruce, Craig and Jennifer, and seven grandchildren.
Iain Murray, 10th Duke of Atholl
George Iain Murray, 10th Duke of Atholl, DL (19 June 1931 – 27 February 1996), known as Wee Iain, was a Scottish peer and landowner.
Background and education
Murray was the only surviving child of Lieutenant-Colonel George Anthony Murray (1907–1945), who was killed in action in the Second World War, and the Honourable Angela Pearson (1910–1981), daughter of The 2nd Viscount Cowdray. He was a great-grandson of Sir George Murray, grandson of the Right Reverend George Murray, son of the Right Reverend Lord George Murray, second son of The 3rd Duke of Atholl, who in turn was eldest son of renowned Scottish Jacobite Lord George Murray. Through his American great-grandfather, Brigadier General Daniel M. Frost of the Confederate States Army, he was a descendant of the Winthrop family and a distant cousin to former Secretary of State John Kerry.
He attended both Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, before succeeding the 9th duke, his fourth cousin twice removed, as 10th Duke of Atholl in 1957. With a height of six feet, five inches, he was one of the tallest Scottish peers, leading to the whimsical name of "Wee Iain".
Atholl inherited an estate of approximately 120,000 acres (496 km2)—although this was a decline from the 190,000 acres (769 km2) in the 19th century, it was still a smaller decline than many other Scottish estates. Under his stewardship, the estate in and around Blair Castle became a significant area for tourism and forestry, on which he was an acknowledged expert and spoke many times in the House of Lords, having been elected a Scottish Representative Peer in 1958. In addition, he resurrected the Atholl Highlanders, the ceremonial private army of the dukedom composed of estate workers and family friends, as a tourist attraction.
He was an active member of the Conservative Monday Club. He also held several business appointments, notably as Chairman of BPM Holdings between 1972 and 1983 and of Westminster Press Group between 1974 and 1996 and as a director of Pearson Longman between 1975 and 1983. In 1980 he was appointed a deputy lieutenant of Perth and Kinross.
Atholl died unmarried in February 1996, aged 64, with the titles passing to his second cousin, once removed, John Murray, a South African land surveyor. The day before the death of the 10th Duke, it was announced that he had given Blair Castle and most of his estates to a charitable trust, thus effectively disinheriting his heir. The new duke had indicated he had little interest in leaving South Africa, and though he honoured the land of his origins, said: "I am a South African, not a Scotsman."
Wednesday, 26 October 2022
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The House of Bruar’s clothing collection offers a wide range of high-quality items that all share a distinct sense of refined rural style. From time-honoured tweeds to high-performance modern outdoorswear that can handle the worst excesses of the Scottish weather, our selection covers the full spectrum of country clothing, ensuring you’re always admirably equipped whatever the situation.
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Situated on the A9, a short drive north of Pitlochry, The House of Bruar offers an extensive range of high quality products in both the Men’s and Ladies clothing halls. There is also a taste of luxury from gourmet produce, artisan treats and a fine selection of whisky and spirits in the Food Hall – which also homes the award winning in-store butchery and delicatessen.
Housing the largest collection of Cashmere in the UK, you will be spoilt for choice in the Knitwear hall – which carries a large variety of high quality natural fibres. The use of natural fibres extends further into their ample offerings of Tweed garments and accessories, reflecting the Scottish heritage within the brand.
The Country Living and Present Shop departments carry plenty of choice for decorating your home, or even the perfect gift. It’s the home of country style all under one roof. Take a stroll through the Art Gallery, where work is displayed from up and coming artists who have a firm interest in Scottish wildlife and scenery within their art.
Should you be looking for a spot of lunch during your visit, then don’t miss the Restaurant – which serves up a variety of meals including a full roast provided by the Butchery, delicious soups, sandwiches, enticing cakes and a selection of meals cooked to order. All of these can be enjoyed in the heated conservatory so you can take pleasure in sitting outdoors, whatever the weather.
The House of Bruar attracts visitors from all over to its captivating grounds and no trip to Scotland would be complete without a visit.
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The House of Bruar is situated off the A9, approximately 10 miles north of Pitlochry in Perthshire. Take the exit for "Bruar B8079/House of Bruar". If you are using a Sat Nav, our postcode is PH18 5TW
You can travel to the House of Bruar using the Stagecoach 83 or 87 bus route to Calvine/Old Struan which departs from the West End Car Park in Pitlochry. Bus links are limited in rural areas and driving to the site is recommended.
Tuesday, 25 October 2022
BREAKING: Rishi Sunak has officially become the Prime Minister following an audience with the King at Buckingham Palace.
Monday, 24 October 2022
New Haven Mayor Justin Elicker joined Michinobu Yasumoto, president and CEO of J.Press /
Onward Holdings, who was in attendance from Japan, along with Richard Press –– grandson of
J.Press founder, Jacobi Press for the ribbon cutting ceremony and celebration. The event also
served as the official launch for Richard Press’ new book Threading the Needle Volume II giving
partygoers the opportunity for a signed copy and a first look at the new book.
Located at 262 Elm Street, the new store draws a direct link to the past as it adjoins the
previous J. Press location on York Street. Measuring 1,780 square feet, the building has been
restored to its original charm and has an austere exterior featuring classic J. Press blue
awnings. The shop has been decorated with vintage furniture from the original store and
Ivy-themed bric-a-brac. This new store will offer a colorful collection of sportswear and the
classic tailored clothing that J. Press has sold in New Haven for more than a century.
Sunday, 23 October 2022
The Crown | Season 5 Official Trailer | Netflix / Netflix adds disclaimer under The Crown's trailer for series five
Netflix adds disclaimer under The Crown's trailer for series five
1 day ago
By Paul Glynn and Helen Bushby
Netflix has added a disclaimer to its marketing for The Crown, saying the show is a "fictional dramatisation", "inspired by real-life events".
It appears under the YouTube trailer for the upcoming series five and on the streaming site's title synopsis page.
Netflix told BBC News the show "has always been presented as a drama based on historical events".
Dame Judi Dench and ex-Prime Minister Sir John Major have raised concerns about the accuracy of the royal drama.
The description of the series says: "Inspired by real events, this fictional dramatisation tells the story of Queen Elizabeth II and the political and personal events that shaped her reign."
Similar language has been used in press statements before, but no previous trailers or synopsis descriptions have carried the word "fictional".
This week, Dame Judi became the latest high-profile figure to call for The Crown to have a disclaimer at the start of each episode, to make clear the series is not necessarily true.
The actress, who is close to King Charles and the Queen Consort, said Netflix "seems willing to blur the lines between historical accuracy and crude sensationalism".
She added there was a risk that "a significant number of viewers" would take its events as historical truth.
The Oscar winner, who has portrayed Queen Victoria on screen, said suggestions expected to be made in the new series were "cruelly unjust to the individuals and damaging to the institution they represent", especially coming so soon after the death of the Queen.
'Scrutinised and well documented'
Netflix has defended The Crown, saying series five is "a fictional dramatisation, imagining what could have happened behind closed doors during a significant decade for the royal family - one that has already been scrutinised and well documented by journalists, biographers and historians."
The trailer for the new series, which airs on 9 November, was released on Thursday. It suggests the series will focus heavily on Diana, Princess of Wales, and the fallout as she and Prince Charles, as he was then, prepare to divorce.
It includes a recreation of Princess Diana's 1995 interview with Martin Bashir. The real footage will not be shown on the BBC again after an inquiry found "deceitful" means were used to obtain it.
Diana, played by Elizabeth Debicki, is seen telling Bashir, portrayed by Prasanna Puwanarajah: "I won't go quietly, I'll battle until the end." In real life, Princess Diana did not say that in the interview.
Netflix defends The Crown after John Major rebuke
Dame Judi's comments followed concerns by former prime minister Sir John Major, who said an upcoming scene that is said to include a conversation between him and Prince Charles, as he was then, about the Queen abdicating, was "a barrel-load of malicious nonsense"
Thursday, 20 October 2022
The 18th century is the century of the Scottish Enlightenment, which brought in notable figures such as Adam Smith the economist or Robert Adam, the famous Neo-Classic Architect.
This is the century that brought the expansion of Edinburgh through the construction of the New Town, a large area built in a fabulous Neo-Classical style, using an urban discourse of great scholarship and developing a successive series of streets, squares, terraces, crescents and circus.
In Robert Adam's remarkable Charlotte Square, you can visit a National Trust house furnished and decorated in a pure Georgian style and illustrative of the everyday life of the time.
The New Town is a central area of Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland. It was built in stages between 1767 and around 1850, and retains much of its original neo-classical and Georgian period architecture. Its best known street is Princes Street, facing Edinburgh Castle and the Old Town across the geological depression of the former Nor Loch. Together with the West End, the New Town was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site alongside the Old Town in 1995. The area is also famed for the New Town Gardens, a heritage designation since March 2001.
Proposal and planning
The idea of a New Town was first suggested in the late 17th century when the Duke of Albany and York (later King James VII and II), when resident Royal Commissioner at Holyrood Palace, encouraged the idea of having an extended regality to the north of the city and a North Bridge. He gave the city a grant:
That, when they should have occasion to enlarge their city by purchasing ground without the town, or to build bridges or arches for the accomplishing of the same, not only were the proprietors of such lands obliged to part with the same on reasonable terms, but when in possession thereof, they are to be erected into a regality in favour of the citizens.
It is possible that, with such patronage, the New Town may have been built many years earlier than it was but, in 1682, the Duke left the city and became King in 1685, only to lose the throne in 1688.
The decision to construct a New Town was taken by the city fathers, after overcrowding inside the walls of the Old Town reached breaking point and to prevent an exodus of wealthy citizens from the city to London. The Age of Enlightenment had arrived in Edinburgh, and the outdated city fabric did not suit the professional and merchant classes who lived there. Lord Provost George Drummond succeeded in extending the boundary of the Royal Burgh to encompass the fields to the north of the Nor Loch, the heavily polluted body of water which occupied the valley immediately north of the city. A scheme to drain the Loch was put into action, although the process was not fully completed until 1817. Crossing points were built to access the new land; the North Bridge in 1772, and the Earthen Mound, which began as a tip for material excavated during construction of the New Town. The Mound, as it is known today, reached its present proportions in the 1830s.
As the successive stages of the New Town were developed, the rich moved northwards from cramped tenements in narrow closes into grand Georgian homes on wide roads. However, the poor remained in the Old Town.
The First New Town
A design competition was held in January 1766 to find a suitably modern layout for the new suburb. It was won by 26-year-old James Craig, who, following the natural contours of the land, proposed a simple axial grid, with a principal thoroughfare along the ridge linking two garden squares. Two other main roads were located downhill to the north and south with two minor streets between. Several mews off the minor streets provided stable lanes for the large homes. Completing the grid are three north-south cross streets.
Craig's original plan has not survived but it has been suggested that it is indicated on a map published by John Laurie in 1766. This map shows a diagonal layout with a central square reflecting a new era of civic Hanoverian British patriotism by echoing the design of the Union Flag. Both Princes Street and Queen Street are shown as double sided. A simpler revised design reflected the same spirit in the names of its streets and civic spaces.
The intended principal street was named George Street, after the king at the time, George III. Queen Street was to be located to the north, named after his wife, and St. Giles Street to the south, after the city's patron saint. St Andrew Square and St. George's Square were the names chosen to represent the union of Scotland and England. The idea was continued with the smaller Thistle Street (for Scotland's national emblem) between George Street and Queen Street, and Rose Street (for England's emblem) between George Street and Princes Street.
King George rejected the name St. Giles Street, St Giles being the patron saint of lepers and also the name of a slum area or 'rookery' on the edge of the City of London. It was therefore renamed Prince's Street after his eldest son, the Prince of Wales. The name of St. George's Square was changed to Charlotte Square, after the Queen, to avoid confusion with the existing George Square on the South Side of the Old Town. The westernmost blocks of Thistle Street were renamed Hill Street and Young Street, making Thistle Street half the length of Rose Street. The three streets completing the grid, Castle, Frederick and Hanover Streets, were named for the view of the castle, King George's second son Prince Frederick, and the House of Hanover respectively.
Craig's proposals hit further problems when development began. Initially the exposed new site was unpopular, leading to a £20 premium being offered to the first builder on site. This was received by John Young who built Thistle Court, the oldest remaining buildings in the New Town, at the east end of Thistle Street in 1767. Instead of building as a terrace as envisaged, he built a small courtyard. Doubts were overcome soon enough, and further construction started in the east with St. Andrew Square.
Craig had intended that the view along George Street be terminated by two large churches, situated at the outer edge of each square, on axis with George Street. Whilst the western church on Charlotte Square was built, at St Andrew Square the land behind the proposed church site was owned by Sir Lawrence Dundas. He decided to build a town mansion here and commissioned a design from Sir William Chambers. The resulting Palladian mansion, known as Dundas House, was completed in 1774. In 1825 it was acquired by the Royal Bank of Scotland and today is the registered office of the bank.. The forecourt of the building, with the equestrian monument to John Hope, 4th Earl of Hopetoun, occupies the proposed church site. St. Andrew's Church had to be built on a site on George Street. The lack of a visual termination at the end of this street was remedied in 1823 with William Burn's monument to Henry Dundas.
The first New Town was mainly completed by 1820, with the completion of Charlotte Square. This was built to a design by Robert Adam, and was the only architecturally unified section of the New Town. Adam also produced a design for St. George's Church, although his design was superseded by that of Robert Reid. The building, now known as West Register House, now houses part of the National Archives of Scotland. The north side of Charlotte Square features Bute House, formerly the official residence of the Secretary of State for Scotland and, since the introduction of devolution in Scotland, the official residence of the First Minister of Scotland.
A few small sections remained undeveloped at the time. In 1885 an unbuilt section of Queen Street (an open garden until that time), north of St Andrew Square, provided the site for the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. To the north-west, north of Charlotte Square, the land was part of the Earl of Moray's estate and a long-running boundary dispute with the Moray Estate. caused delay in development. A section of Glenfinlas Street at the north-west corner of Charlotte Square was not completed until 1990 while the western end of Queen Street, north of Charlotte Square, has never been developed.
Surviving Georgian buildings in Princes Street
The New Town was envisaged as a mainly residential suburb with a number of professional offices of domestic layout. It had few planned retail ground floors, however it did not take long for the commercial potential of the site to be realised. Shops were soon opened on Princes Street, and during the 19th century the majority of the townhouses on that street were replaced with larger commercial buildings. Occasional piecemeal redevelopment continues to this day, though most of Queen Street and Thistle Street, and large sections of George Street, Hanover, Frederick and Castle Streets, are still lined with their original late 18th century buildings.
Edinburgh's New Town / "the Athens of the North".
The main building of the Academy of Athens, one of Theophil Hansen's "Trilogy" in central Athens.