After visiting the Montrose Air Station museum on the morning of May 15th, we drove about 3 miles east to visit the Dun Estate, another National Trust property.
Lindsay had visited the gardens briefly once before and since I had never been there, he thought I might enjoy seeing the gardens while we ate our picnic lunch in the sunshine.
We drove up the drive, parked the car and entered the front arched entryway.
On the other side of the entryway, a very nice courtyard opened up before us complete with picnic tables! That was perfect!
We picked out a table and enjoyed our lunch and the views while we did so.
In the middle of the grassy area was an interesting little building raised up off the ground; it turned out to be the game larder.
Oh, and look! There are garden plants for sale! Lindsay and I have started a tradition of our own. Each time we visit a castle garden, we like to pick out a plant to take home as a souvenir to plant in his backyard. We’re getting quite the collection!
After lunch, we headed for the garden via the north side of the house, which evidently was the front of the house. Mighty grand place this was!
I walked up the front steps and peeked in the window of the front door. We had decided not to tour the house for some reason. Guess we just wanted to be outside. After taking that huge 2-hour tour of the air station in the morning, we were just a bit “toured” out for the day, and yet I couldn’t quite resist a peek inside just the same, “maybe some other time if I like what I see.” I mused.
To the left of the house was a doorway in the wall leading to where I really wanted to go…
Oh my goodness! What a splendid view from the stairway on the east side of the house!
Back down the stairs, I spied another uncurtained window on the ground floor, so I peeked in there too!
We started walking around the garden’s perimeter in a clockwise direction, passing a beautiful tall pot that looked like a basket with a tree growing in it near the first corner and then began working our way down the northern perimeter wall.
Not very many plants were blooming yet; it was still early in the season, but the border beds were filled with lots of perennials and I’m sure will be quite spectacular by this time next month. In the center of the garden were circular rose beds with an arched centerpiece covered with what looked like ivy, but could possibly be some other flowering vine.
The view of the house with the outstretched garden in front of it from the east wall was quite striking. Imagine the four circles ablaze with roses basking in the sunshine; I bet it looks amazing.
In the southeast corner of the garden appeared a little nook on a garden that looked intriguing. It was enclosed by a metal framed trellis that climbing roses and other flowering vines will cover, offering the little nook privacy and a nice little intimate space to spend time in.
Along the south wall, another nice little spot appeared to sit and enjoy the garden from.
At the end of the wall, there was another gate, which we exited through to view the south side of the house. The other side of the walls were fruit trees espaliered its entire length on either side of the house.
Like the main entrance on the opposite side of the house, the south side also had a big staircase with a wrought iron railing that looks like it will hold pots of flowering plants for a beautiful display of color and greenery all around the grand curved staircase.
The view from the top of the stairs of the estate spread out before it was breathtaking; impressive arched hedges!
(hmm, I wonder what Lindsay is looking at down there; think I’ll go see…)
Then I walked down the stairs and across the lower lawn to the fenceline in order to get a better view of the house from below… discovering an interesting sundial.
We headed back to the courtyard afterward to look at the plants and pick one out to take home to plant in Lindsay’s garden. We also visited the gift shop where you buy the admission tickets to tour the house. They had a framed hand-written family tree chart that I felt compelled to take a photograph of. They also had some nice gift items for sale which I bought for a couple of my family members at home before we headed back to the car to leave.
It wasn’t until I started editing my photos yesterday in preparation for writing this blog post that I looked closely at the family tree photograph I had taken. I was astonished! At the very top were two names from my own family tree that I recognized; Sir Robert Erskine and his wife Beatrix Lindsay! I double checked my family tree for the names and the accompanying dates of their birth and/or deaths, and sure enough, I had discovered yet another ancestral home here at Dun!
son of Robert Erskine
son of Thomas Erskine
son of Robert Erskine
son of Thomas Erskine
son of Alexander Erskine
son of Robert Thomas Mar Thomas Erskine
daughter of John ERSKINE
son of Margaret Erskine
daughter of LORD SIR WILLIAM DOUGLAS
son of LADY AGNES COUNTESS ARGYLL DOUGLAS
son of Lord Archibald Campbell Marquis of Argyll Earl of Argyll
son of Archibald “9th Earl of Argyll” Campbell
son of David Daniel Campbell
son of Charles Campbell
daughter of William Campbell
son of Jeanette Campbell
daughter of John Holliday
daughter of Elizabeth “Lizzie” Holiday
son of Nancy Anne Brundage
son of William Rose Frew II
You are the daughter of William Kenneth Frew\