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Brodie of Brodie talks to Sam Marshall (6 of 16)
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GB232_MFR_BRODIE_06
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Brodie
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Forres
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MORAYSHIRE
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Montague Ninian Alexander Brodie
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Moray Firth Radio
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1593
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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 the paintings at Brodie Castle.

Interviewer: I think you mentioned to me that the bond that existed between your mother and father - one of them anyway - was the love of the arts and the theatre?

Yes. The art, the visual arts, paintings particularly, they shared very much. My father wasn't as musical as all that and had really virtually no interest in the theatre. My mother loved opera and music generally. She used to say that chamber music was really a bit beyond her but opera she loved. And - but paintings, paintings, drawings, they made - my mother and father between them - they'd a wonderful collection of modern paintings - largely watercolours and early English watercolours - in the twenties and thirties, for which they never gave more than, I think, twenty pounds was the most they gave for any one painting, and a great many of them now are now, of course, away up in the thousands. It was extraordinary foresight. They were just - they weren't buying for an investment - they were buying what they liked. And, well -

Interviewer: Paid off now?

The National Trust now has most of them and they are on view to the public. In fact, there are far more than the National Trust have room to hang so I have a great many beautiful paintings in my own quarters. The idea is that we shall swap round from time to time

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Brodie of Brodie talks to Sam Marshall (6 of 16)

MORAYSHIRE

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 the paintings at Brodie Castle.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: I think you mentioned to me that the bond that existed between your mother and father - one of them anyway - was the love of the arts and the theatre?<br /> <br /> Yes. The art, the visual arts, paintings particularly, they shared very much. My father wasn't as musical as all that and had really virtually no interest in the theatre. My mother loved opera and music generally. She used to say that chamber music was really a bit beyond her but opera she loved. And - but paintings, paintings, drawings, they made - my mother and father between them - they'd a wonderful collection of modern paintings - largely watercolours and early English watercolours - in the twenties and thirties, for which they never gave more than, I think, twenty pounds was the most they gave for any one painting, and a great many of them now are now, of course, away up in the thousands. It was extraordinary foresight. They were just - they weren't buying for an investment - they were buying what they liked. And, well -<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Paid off now?<br /> <br /> The National Trust now has most of them and they are on view to the public. In fact, there are far more than the National Trust have room to hang so I have a great many beautiful paintings in my own quarters. The idea is that we shall swap round from time to time