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Brodie of Brodie talks to Sam Marshall (15 of 16)
EXTERNAL ID
GB232_MFR_BRODIE_15
PLACENAME
Brodie
DISTRICT
Forres
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
MORAYSHIRE
CREATOR
Montague Ninian Alexander Brodie
SOURCE
Moray Firth Radio
ASSET ID
1607
KEYWORDS
castles
stately homes
clans
Brodies
NTS
audio

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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 handover.

Interviewer: How did you feel when you'd made your mind up to give the castle to the National Trust?

Oh glad. My wife and I had always wanted people to share our treasures as we have many lovely pictures and nice furniture, china and all sorts of things and it was an awful business when we busy in other things - people wanting to see over and we were very glad to show them - but sometimes they just thought it'd be fun to see a castle and weren't really interested in pictures or china or anything else it became rather a bore and an effort. It was very rewarding when people were interested, which they very often were, but even so it was time consuming and now it's all done for us by, by the National Trust. My wife alas died before it came over to the National Trust but the negotiations had begun when she was in her last illness and she knew about it and gave her blessing. In fact, she was most enthusaistic about the whole thing

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Brodie of Brodie talks to Sam Marshall (15 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 handover.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: How did you feel when you'd made your mind up to give the castle to the National Trust?<br /> <br /> Oh glad. My wife and I had always wanted people to share our treasures as we have many lovely pictures and nice furniture, china and all sorts of things and it was an awful business when we busy in other things - people wanting to see over and we were very glad to show them - but sometimes they just thought it'd be fun to see a castle and weren't really interested in pictures or china or anything else it became rather a bore and an effort. It was very rewarding when people were interested, which they very often were, but even so it was time consuming and now it's all done for us by, by the National Trust. My wife alas died before it came over to the National Trust but the negotiations had begun when she was in her last illness and she knew about it and gave her blessing. In fact, she was most enthusaistic about the whole thing