Well hello all you weary readers who have probably given up looking at this website. Owing to other commitments over the past two years, I have seriously neglected my research and writing including keeping you up to date with anything to do with the MacRoberts of Douneside and their history, or indeed the present. I am hoping you will help me add to my knowledge of the family and of the farms and the Trust.
I am always amazed that, at the many talks I give, just how many of you have wee stories and anecdotes to add to my research.
So thanks to all of you who have so readily shared your memories. This autumn and winter, I have so enjoyed talking to groups as varied as farmers clubs, Probus groups, Heritage societies, Scottish Women’s Institutes and Inner Wheel clubs.
Through those talks, I have discovered where Sir Alexander’s brother lived, and how respected the name MacRobert still is in India. A lady told us of how she had recently visited the Kalimpong Homes there which Sir Alexander and Georgina had supported, and because of their Aberdeen connections, were invited to look round areas of the home not normally viewed by visitors. It’s so nice to know that the legacy lives on and that they are not forgotten.
Another lady had reason to be eternally grateful for the peace and tranquillity of Douneside. Her son in law had returned from Afghanistan traumatised, but a stay at Douneside in its idyllic setting and the hospitality and kindness which seems to come naturally to the staff at Douneside, basically saved his sanity.
You may remember that Balhousie Alastrean Care Home www.balhousiecare.co.uk was being extensively refurbished. Well, in the true spirit of Lady Rachel MacRobert who at the time of the 2nd World War, put the house at the disposal of the R.A.F. as a rest home for airmen recovering from the trauma and horrors of combat, Balhousie Alastrean House is again engaged in providing hospitality with care and support.
It seems that hospitality and care are still the focus of things MacRobert.
Douneside House www.dounesidehouse.co.uk is completely refurbished and their guests are provided with a country house hotel experience like no other. Its history as the family home of the MacRoberts ensures it is unique, and Lady Rachel would be so pleased to know that Douneside upholds her reputation for outstanding hospitality and the most delicious of food. An invitation to Douneside, when she was chatelaine, was much sought after, so I hope you can visit and enjoy the experience personally.
Well, that’s all for now.
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P.S. You might be interested to know of the annual publication of “Echoes from Cromar’s Past”, produced by the Cromar History Group. It is made up of bits and pieces of fascinating local history. View the website www.cromarhistorygroup.org.uk.
P.P.S. I have just put together a talk with Powerpoint presentation, which takes a light hearted look at the history of The Millers Visitor and Retail Centre. As you can see from the title “Smoked Salmon to Cement — Tales from The Millers — that shop like no other!”, it was indeed unique!
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