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Lady Mary dies

The Lady Mary Dunn died at her home in Troon on Sunday February 7 in her 90th year. The elder daughter of the sixth Duke and Duchess of Montrose, she grew up in Brodick Castle with her brothers Lord Angus and Lord Ronald and her sister, The Lady Jean Fforde.

In April of 1931 she was married to John Boscawen. They lived in Surrey but John Boscawen loved working in the gardens of Brodick Castle and on their visits north to stay at the castle, contributed many of the rhododendrons to the grounds.

They had two sons, James and Simon, and in 1952 Lady Mary’s mother handed over Dougarie Estate to her which they retained, and spent holidays at, until selling it in 1969.

John Boscawen died in 1972 and in 1975 The Lady Mary married Brigadier Leslie Dunn which meant a move back to Scotland where they made their home in Ayrshire. The Lady Mary Dunn was cremated on Thursday and her ashes have been brought back to Arran.

Ship figurehead

Wood carver Martin Elliot has recently finished one of his more unusual, but no less spectacular, commissions. Chiselling away at his workshop in Cladach, he has now completed a large wooden figurehead which will be attached to the restored ship Tall Ship, Glenlee.

An elegant three-masted barque, which was built in Port Glasgow in 1896, the ship has an interesting history. In 1898 she had her name changed to Islamount, and in 1919 she had her final voyage as a British merchantman carrying a cargo of sugar from Java to France. She then sailed under the Italian flag for two years and was sold in 1922 to Spain as the sail training ship Galatea. After many vicissitudes, the Galatea was put up for auction by the Spanish Government to be purchased by the Clyde Maritime Trust in 1992. It is they who have brought her home again to be a floating museum on the Clyde in Glasgow, in a fully restored condition, with Marvin Elliot’s figurehead at the bow.