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Brodie of Brodie talks to Sam Marshall (4 of 16)
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Montague Ninian Alexander Brodie
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Moray Firth Radio
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1591
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castles
stately homes
clans
Brodies
NTS
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Montague Ninian Alexander Brodie (1912 - 2003) became chief of Clan Brodie on 15 February, 1943, the 25th Brodie of Brodie. Educated at Eton, he went on to join the acting profession and it was during his time with the Perth Repertory Company that he met his future wife, Helena Budgeon. Later in his life he gave up the theatre and helped his mother run the Brodie Estate. During the Second World War he served with the Royal Artillery and later held the offices of Justice of the Peace for Morayshire, and Deputy Lieutenant of Nairnshire. In 1978 he was forced, through financial circumstances, to hand Brodie Castle over to the National Trust for Scotland.

In this audio extract from the Moray Firth Radio programme 'Marshall Meets' Ninian talks to Sam Marshall about his father.

Interviewer: Tell me about your mother and father because they were both interesting people in their own way.

Yes, my father started as a professional soldier - he was in the Scots Guards - and, but soon after he'd gone into the Scots Guards he - my grandfather died - and he came out of the army to manage the estates at Brodie which were pretty big then and joined the Territorials. He joined the Lovat Scouts, actually, and he fought with them in the South African War and the Great War. And, as a hobby he took up raising daffodils.

Interviewer: Why did he pick raising daffodils? It seems so unusual.

I don't know. I don't know why he originally did. I think he was very much horticulturally minded. I'm not - I've got no green fingers at all. But he loved flowers, particularly daffodils and rhododendrons and azaleas were his sort of second string and started it as a hobby and finally became a sort of, more or less a business. He was selling quite - his bulbs quite profitably.

Interviewer: How many actual varieties did he breed or discover?

I think about four hundred. The National Trust have made a count of them, I think. It's over four hundred, anyway.

Interviewer: Are any still in extistence?

Oh yes, indeed, a great many. A great many of them have been superceded by blooms which are sllightly bigger and slightly better, you might say. Oh yes, some of them are still grown

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Brodie of Brodie talks to Sam Marshall (4 of 16)

castles; stately homes; clans; Brodies; NTS; audio

Moray Firth Radio

MFR: Brodie of Brodie

Montague Ninian Alexander Brodie (1912 - 2003) became chief of Clan Brodie on 15 February, 1943, the 25th Brodie of Brodie. Educated at Eton, he went on to join the acting profession and it was during his time with the Perth Repertory Company that he met his future wife, Helena Budgeon. Later in his life he gave up the theatre and helped his mother run the Brodie Estate. During the Second World War he served with the Royal Artillery and later held the offices of Justice of the Peace for Morayshire, and Deputy Lieutenant of Nairnshire. In 1978 he was forced, through financial circumstances, to hand Brodie Castle over to the National Trust for Scotland.<br /> <br /> In this audio extract from the Moray Firth Radio programme 'Marshall Meets' Ninian talks to Sam Marshall about his father.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Tell me about your mother and father because they were both interesting people in their own way.<br /> <br /> Yes, my father started as a professional soldier - he was in the Scots Guards - and, but soon after he'd gone into the Scots Guards he - my grandfather died - and he came out of the army to manage the estates at Brodie which were pretty big then and joined the Territorials. He joined the Lovat Scouts, actually, and he fought with them in the South African War and the Great War. And, as a hobby he took up raising daffodils.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Why did he pick raising daffodils? It seems so unusual.<br /> <br /> I don't know. I don't know why he originally did. I think he was very much horticulturally minded. I'm not - I've got no green fingers at all. But he loved flowers, particularly daffodils and rhododendrons and azaleas were his sort of second string and started it as a hobby and finally became a sort of, more or less a business. He was selling quite - his bulbs quite profitably. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: How many actual varieties did he breed or discover?<br /> <br /> I think about four hundred. The National Trust have made a count of them, I think. It's over four hundred, anyway. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: Are any still in extistence?<br /> <br /> Oh yes, indeed, a great many. A great many of them have been superceded by blooms which are sllightly bigger and slightly better, you might say. Oh yes, some of them are still grown