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TITLE
Bradley Martin (1841-1913)
EXTERNAL ID
PC_GLENURQUHART_HERITAGEGROUP_011
PLACENAME
Glenurquhart
DISTRICT
Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Urquhart and Glenmoriston
SOURCE
Glenurquhart Heritage Group
ASSET ID
22678
KEYWORDS
Americans
land owners
USA
Bradley Martin (1841-1913)

Bradley Martin was born in the United States of America. From 1885 until 1913, he was tenant of Balmacaan sporting estate. He travelled to the Highlands in a specially hired train, which carried his horses and silver, and from this time until his death in 1913, he was a startling presence in the region. Mr Martin used his private fortune to create Blairbeg Hall and to organise many community events.

Unlike the Seafields, who owned the Estate, the Martin family were cosmopolitan socialites. Mr Martin spent $369, 200 at one party in the Waldorf Hotel. When Martin was in charge of the estate, there was nearly 100% employment, and he is gratefully remembered by the town of Glenurquhart.

As well as creating Blairbeg Hall, Mr Martin also funded carnivals for the town's children, and employed a vast number of assistants at Balmacaan estate. The status of Balmacaan as a shooting estate under the tenancy of Mr Martin was so great that it attracted visitors such as Grand Duke Michael of Russia.

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Bradley Martin (1841-1913)

INVERNESS: Urquhart and Glenmoriston

Americans; land owners; USA

Glenurquhart Heritage Group

Glenurquhart Heritage Group (photographs)

Bradley Martin was born in the United States of America. From 1885 until 1913, he was tenant of Balmacaan sporting estate. He travelled to the Highlands in a specially hired train, which carried his horses and silver, and from this time until his death in 1913, he was a startling presence in the region. Mr Martin used his private fortune to create Blairbeg Hall and to organise many community events.<br /> <br /> Unlike the Seafields, who owned the Estate, the Martin family were cosmopolitan socialites. Mr Martin spent $369, 200 at one party in the Waldorf Hotel. When Martin was in charge of the estate, there was nearly 100% employment, and he is gratefully remembered by the town of Glenurquhart.<br /> <br /> As well as creating Blairbeg Hall, Mr Martin also funded carnivals for the town's children, and employed a vast number of assistants at Balmacaan estate. The status of Balmacaan as a shooting estate under the tenancy of Mr Martin was so great that it attracted visitors such as Grand Duke Michael of Russia.