Memorial tree in Edzell

A tree is to be planted in Edzell next week on the anniversary of the death of a local boy who died during World War 2.

Lieutenant James Russell, who grew up at The Burn, was killed in action in Italy 70 years ago on July 24, 1944. James was the son of George and Marjorie Russell.

After the war, Mr and Mrs Russell decided to use The Burn for a purpose that would be a memorial to their son and the house became an academic retreat.

Professor Jane Geddes, who is a Trustee of The Burn, said the Russells wanted it to be used for the benefit of the young and in 1948 they entrusted the house and approximately 200 acres of land to the Dominion Students’ Hall Trust - now known as Goodenough College.

Prof. Geddes said that the Russells thought the role of the trust, which provides accommodation to overseas students studying in London, was a good fit with their vision for The Burn and plans it became a Scottish Retreat and holiday centre.

“The Burn has been welcoming students from across the world for more than 64 years and continues to operate in memory of James who was only 21 when he died,” she said.