Visit to Dumfries House

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Charlotte-Rostek-wHELENSBURGH Heritage Trust organised a very successful visit for members and friends to Dumfries House and Aiket Castle on Wednesday June 8 2011.

As promised when Charlotte Rostek Davis (pictured) spoke to the Trust, the special visit was arranged to see the historic Dumfries House, near Cumnock, now reopened by HRH The Prince of Wales, Great Steward of Scotland, after a major refurbishment.

Charlotte, the former Hill House curator who is now at Dumfries House, greeted the party with her husband Mike, the recently retired reference librarian at Helensburgh Library, and gave a talk before lunch in the new cafe in the old coach house.

She said: "The house is looking absolutely fabulous. The chairs and sofas have been re-upholstered and covered in finest silks, and the four poster bed has been restored to its original magnificence."

In the afternoon the party visited Aiket Castle, Dunlop, which has been restored by Robert Clow from the burnt-out shell of an ancient tower house, and toured the beautiful gardens created by Katrina Clow.

The coach trip, organised by Trust company secretary and treasurer John Johnston, cost £36 per person, with reductions for members of The Art Fund and of Historic Scotland.

Last Updated ( Friday, 30 September 2011 07:26 )  

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Winter Talks 2015-16

  • Wednesday September 30 2015 — Melissa Simpson: Hermitage Park: past, present and future
  • Wednesday October 28 — AGM at 7pm; Fraser Noble of McGruers: My family has been building boats since the 11th Century
  • Wednesday November 25 — Sir Malcolm Colquhoun and James Pearson: The Clan Colquhoun and the History of Helensburgh (to be held at the Loch Lomond Golf Club at Luss)

  • Wednesday January 27 2016 — Lachie Munro: The Many Lives of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham — the Uncrowned King of Scotland
  • Wednesday February 24 — Sue Furness, Fiona Jackson: Hidden Heritage of a Landscape — Vengeful Vikings and Reckless Rustlers
  • Wednesday March 30 — Fiona Baker: Boutcher's Banks — the Genesis of Helensburgh?

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