From the archives: 40 years ago

Mrs Georgina Strachan, Milton of Lochlee, has presented Glenesk Museum with many interesting “pieces” from unusual sources.

Her latest donation is a framed photograph of Queen victoria, widowed but still comparatively young. The photograph was originally presented by Her Majesty to Miss Maggie Stewart who was her dresser for 36 years and who nursed her in her last illness. Miss Stewart’s mother lived for some time at the Drum of Lochlee, which is now a ruin. Miss Stewart was a cousin of Mrs Strachan’s late husband, Mr Victor Strachan. The bracelets which the Queen is wearing in the photograph were also given to Miss Stewart by Her Majesty on her deathbed.

The Museum already has a black silk dress, with parasol and stockings, which had been worn by the Queen. They have been loaned by Mrs S. Bowman, another cousin of Miss Stewart.

There was a very close contest this year for the Scotsman trophy for Scotland’s Best-Kept Village.

It was finally won by Edzell, with Brookfield, Renfrew, very highly commended. Edzell will now be visited by the national judges. Edzell will also be considered by the judges for entry in the Entente Florale contest.