Photographer's Note

If you mention the name "Blair Drummond" in Scotland, most people immediately think of Blair Drummond Safari Park, Scotland's only Safari and Leisure Park which was established in the 1970s.

However, the Safari park was developed on land which previously had belonged to the estate of this splendid house which sits above and to the northwest of the park and about four miles northwest of Stirling and a mile south of Doune. The pointer on the map is approximately where I was standing to take this picture - i.e. I was in the Safari park!

During the 18th Century Blair Drummond was the home of Henry Home, Lord Kames (1696 - 1792), an enlightened landlord who set about clearing the deep moss of the carse lands with a view to agricultural improvement. The scheme was initiated in 1766 and within a few decades the greater part of Blair Drummond and Flanders Moss had been converted to productive farmland by both Lord Kames and his improving neighbours. Lord Kames was a Law Lord and leading light of the Scottish enlightenment during the second half of the 18th century.

The present three-storeyed baronial house, designed by J.C. Walker and built in 1868-1872, replaced an earlier mansion created by Alexander McGill in 1715. The house had major rebuilding and refurbishment in 1921-1922 following a severe fire. The house was sold in 1977 to the Camphill Trust who use it to care for the handicapped and today 48 ha (119 acres) of the 607 ha (1500 acres) Blair Drummond Estate are given over to the very successful Safari park.

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Additional Photos by John Cannon (tyro) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1927 W: 427 N: 7230] (29026)
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