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TITLE
Evanton Oral History Project - Eppie Buist (5 of 7 )
EXTERNAL ID
EOHP_EPPIE_BUIST_05
PLACENAME
Evanton
DISTRICT
Dingwall
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Kiltearn
DATE OF RECORDING
1991; 1992
PERIOD
1990s
CREATOR
Eppie Buist
SOURCE
Evanton Oral History Project
ASSET ID
79
KEYWORDS
audios
recollections
oral histories
oral history

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This audio extract is from the Evanton Oral History Project, a project undertaken in 1991-92 by Adrian Clark. In this extract Eppie Buist talks about General De Gaulle.


Let me tell you about dear De Gaulle. We had, my husband had the remains of the French Fleet to operate after Oran - it was very little of it left; about six little ships and one battleship in mothballs which nobody touched - but he had the operation of these little ships, and De Gaulle's son was in one of them - Phillipe de Gaulle - and De Gaulle used to come and inspect us and gave lovely medals to my Malcolm. I've got them. I'll show them to you. He gave him Croix de Guerre and Legion d'Honneur personally and kissed him behind both ears. I said, 'I'm coming to see you being kissed by De Gaulle when he's presenting these medals.' But he was splendid and his sailors were splendid, but preserve me from his admirals. They were as double as the church clock, they say. But the sailors were Brittany fishermen and they were darling little people and they knew the coast like the back of their hand, and they used to take commandoes over to do raids. And one night they were going to get Georring, and they took commandoes over with their knives all ready...

Interviewer: Yes.

...and they missed him by ten minutes, in a restaurant, somewhere on the Brittany coast. He'd just gone, before they got there.

Interviewer: This was when you...

When my husband was operating these ships and we were living in Portsmouth.


Eppie Buist (1910-2008) was a resident of Katewell, near Evanton, Ross-shire. She was born Elizabeth Jean Brooke, in York, but spent most of her life in Ross-shire, breeding and exporting gun dogs across the world. Her family moved to the 14,000-acre Mid-Fearn Estate in Ross-shire when Eppie was a young girl and she and her brothers and sisters were brought up by a series of nannies and governesses. In 1939 she married a young naval officer, Malcolm Buist, whose brother Colin had served as an equerry to Edward VIII. After the war Eppie and Malcolm undertook a series of projects culminating in their move to Katewell, the former mill house for the Glenskiach Distillery. After Malcolm's death in 1965 Eppie continued to breed pointers, attending and winning championships at home and abroad. She remained very active in her later years, driving until she was 95 and taking a glider flight the following year. She died aged 98 and is survived by two daughters, Mary and Jane.

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Evanton Oral History Project - Eppie Buist (5 of 7 )

ROSS: Kiltearn

1990s

audios; recollections; oral histories; oral history

Evanton Oral History Project

Evanton Oral History Project

This audio extract is from the Evanton Oral History Project, a project undertaken in 1991-92 by Adrian Clark. In this extract Eppie Buist talks about General De Gaulle.<br /> <br /> <br /> Let me tell you about dear De Gaulle. We had, my husband had the remains of the French Fleet to operate after Oran - it was very little of it left; about six little ships and one battleship in mothballs which nobody touched - but he had the operation of these little ships, and De Gaulle's son was in one of them - Phillipe de Gaulle - and De Gaulle used to come and inspect us and gave lovely medals to my Malcolm. I've got them. I'll show them to you. He gave him Croix de Guerre and Legion d'Honneur personally and kissed him behind both ears. I said, 'I'm coming to see you being kissed by De Gaulle when he's presenting these medals.' But he was splendid and his sailors were splendid, but preserve me from his admirals. They were as double as the church clock, they say. But the sailors were Brittany fishermen and they were darling little people and they knew the coast like the back of their hand, and they used to take commandoes over to do raids. And one night they were going to get Georring, and they took commandoes over with their knives all ready...<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Yes.<br /> <br /> ...and they missed him by ten minutes, in a restaurant, somewhere on the Brittany coast. He'd just gone, before they got there.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: This was when you...<br /> <br /> When my husband was operating these ships and we were living in Portsmouth.<br /> <br /> <br /> Eppie Buist (1910-2008) was a resident of Katewell, near Evanton, Ross-shire. She was born Elizabeth Jean Brooke, in York, but spent most of her life in Ross-shire, breeding and exporting gun dogs across the world. Her family moved to the 14,000-acre Mid-Fearn Estate in Ross-shire when Eppie was a young girl and she and her brothers and sisters were brought up by a series of nannies and governesses. In 1939 she married a young naval officer, Malcolm Buist, whose brother Colin had served as an equerry to Edward VIII. After the war Eppie and Malcolm undertook a series of projects culminating in their move to Katewell, the former mill house for the Glenskiach Distillery. After Malcolm's death in 1965 Eppie continued to breed pointers, attending and winning championships at home and abroad. She remained very active in her later years, driving until she was 95 and taking a glider flight the following year. She died aged 98 and is survived by two daughters, Mary and Jane.