[Press & Publications] Duke poses question over country estates



March 2000

No 52

An expert on forestry, a representative of one of the oldest dukedoms in the land, a Second World War destroyer lieutenant and Britain's largest private landowner, will be visiting the University of Leicester on Thursday March 16.

Not four people, but one. The Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry KT VRD will be discussing 'What is the Future of Country Estates?' at 7.30 pm in the Rattray Lecture Theatre.

The talk, which is open to the public and free, is jointly organised by the Geography Department of the University of Leicester, the Leicester Geographical Association and the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers). Chairing will be Leicester GA Officer Ken Bland FRGS of University College Northampton.

"It will be the first time a duke has addressed the RGS/GA in the Midlands and probably anywhere else" said Paul Brydson, who retires as Chairman of the Leicester GA this year.

The Duke, an MP for thirteen years, is quoted as saying he "is of no fixed abode" because of spending so much time travelling between his various properties which he manages. These range from the Scottish renaissance castle of Drumlanrig to "the English Versailles" in Northamptonshire, Boughton House.

The Duke of Buccleuch is President of a wide range of agricultural and forestry associations. These include the Galloway Cattle Society and the East of England Agricultural Society, known for "The Peterborough Show". He also has interests in the arts, travel and the countryside, being Master of the Duke of Buccleuch's Hunt and Chairman of The Living Landscape Trust.

He is also associated with several caring charities, notably as the President of RADAR (The Royal Association for Disability and Rehabilitation) and the Malcolm Sargent Cancer Fund for Children.

"Whether your interests are charities, farming and the countryside, arts or politics, and not the least geography and travel, this event will be of great interest", said Pam Moody, who is a Leicester GA Officer.

For further details telephone 0116 221 7207.

NOTE TO NEWSDESK:

For more information, please ring 01664 565147 Mr P Brydson (THIS NUMBER IS NOT FOR PUBLICATION).

Please use the correct title, University of Leicester, in any report.


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