End of an era

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Lady Jean is gone and it is no exaggeration to described it as the end of an era.

Her death brings to an end the last Hamilton family link to Brodick Castle which played such a huge part in her life as she was growing up. And which, many years later, she had to leave so suddenly when her mother died and it was acquired by the Treasury.

As is recounted in her obituary in this week’s Banner she had a truly remarkable life, as a debutant, with her work at Bletchley Park and experiences across the world with her husband in Palestine, Sierra Leone and Northern Rhodesia.

And while the late 1950s may have been a painful time, for a variety of reasons, when she came home, Lady Jean was to carve out a marvellous 60 more years in the service of Arran and her many charitable works from her new home at Strabane.

At 96 she may now be gone, but she will live long in the memory of all who knew her.