Marietta Crichton Stuart,
House and Garden - the story of Falkland Palace and
garden and its people, 1800–1952.
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Marietta's talk (just over an hour)
Marietta's talk traces the story of the Palace, its gardens and its
occupants over a 150 year period.
By 1800 the Palace was largely
roofless and in ruins with the local minister living in some pokey rooms in
the south range. The building and royal tennis court were used as a stone
quarry and the grounds a wilderness. During the next 150 years the Palace
saw an initial programme of consolidation, followed by the Marquess of
Bute's major restoration of the 1890s and, after the Second World War, what
Marietta's father Michael, the then Keeper, termed 'a revival'.
grounds saw similar changes and were transformed when Marietta's parents
commissioned a new garden fit for a Palace from the landscape designer Percy
As for the occupants, for almost a century the Palace was home
to the Estate factors and from 1947 Michael and Barbara Crichton Stuart
began the work to make it 'domestically convenient and comfortable'.
Realising that the task of preserving such a building was beyond the means
of an individual, in 1952 the National Trust for Scotland were appointed the
Deputy Keepers, one of their duties was to keep the Palace 'wind and
Throughout these years the Palace and the historic
village of Falkland have acted as a magnet to tourists; 2020 will be the
first year since 1947 that there have been no visitors going round the