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William Beckford (1760–1844): part two

Regional Curator Sarah Beattie continues her series, looking at the lives of some of the Hamilton family and exploring the impact they had on the building, collections and interiors at Brodick Castle. This time she examines the later life of William Beckford.

Trust places during wartime

As we remember the fallen of both world wars, and in conflicts since, we take a look at Trust places that were affected by war and its aftermath.

Remembering the sinking of the ‘William Humphries’

Find out more about the story of Canna’s war grave and the tragic sinking of the steam trawler ‘William Humphries’, hit by a U-boat in 1939.

William Beckford (1760–1844): part one

Regional Curator Sarah Beattie continues her series, looking at the lives of some of the Hamilton family and exploring the impact they had on the building, collections and interiors at Brodick Castle. This time she examines the early life of William Beckford.

Gladstone’s Land and the murder allegation

Gladstone’s Land was once home to a murder suspect.

Was there a Jamaican man at the Battle of Culloden?

As part of Black History Month in October 2020 we took a closer look at an embroidered picture on display in the visitor centre at Culloden, which was thought to depict a West Indian man on the Jacobite side at the battle of Culloden in 1746.

The tale of a silk dress: part 2

Read the next entry in our imagined diary of a beautiful silk dress, as she continues her account of her exciting travels, leading to her final destination.

The tale of a silk dress: part 1 – A journey from Canton to Montrose

Read our first entry in the imagined diary of a blue silk dress, now in our collection at House of Dun.

Alexander, 10th Duke of Hamilton (1767–1852)

Join Regional Curator Sarah Beattie over the next few months as she looks at the lives of some of the Hamilton family, and explores the impact they had on the building, collections and interiors at Brodick Castle.

Sex and scandal at Gladstone’s Land

Behind the historical facade of Gladstone’s Land lies a scandalous past.

Discover our Hidden History Trails

Come and explore Scotland’s secret past!

Anne, 3rd Duchess of Hamilton (1631–1716)

Join Regional Curator Sarah Beattie over the next few months as she looks at the lives of some of the Hamilton family and explores the impact they had on the building, collections and interiors at Brodick Castle.

Newhailes: designed for relaxation

Designed 300 years ago, the land around Newhailes offers woodland and parkland walks and contains some hidden archaeological treasures.

St Kilda mailboat’s epic journey

In 2010 the National Trust for Scotland made a ‘mailboat’, filled it with postcards and launched it into the Atlantic Ocean. The cards have finally been delivered to their destinations in the week of the 90th anniversary of the evacuation of St Kilda.

The Russell dynasty and their unique contribution to the National Trust for Scotland

Discover how three generations of one family have helped to shape the Trust we know and love today.

Partnership project to uncover illicit whisky past

We’ve partnered with The Glenlivet on a project to uncover the stories of one of Scotland’s most iconic products.

St Kilda – the evacuation of a community

St Kilda is one of many island communities in Scotland to have been abandoned. This article looks at some of the reasons.

Collections Diaries – Part I: Photographs of a Hidden Empire

As the Collections Team return to work, we’re sharing stories that give a behind-the-scenes look at their current projects to preserve Scotland’s history.

Beyond the boundary

Trust archaeologists have been uncovering the wider history of Iona, outside the limits of its famous abbey.

On the trail of designer architects

Find out more about Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, Sir Robert Lorimer and Charles Rennie Mackintosh – and their beautiful buildings in our care.

Living the high life on Bronze Age Arran

A radiocarbon date has shown that a high-altitude roundhouse on Arran was occupied over 3,300 years ago.

On the trail of classical architecture: William and Robert Adam

Find out more about the remarkable father and son architects of the 18th century – and their beautiful buildings in our care.

For the love of Scotland podcasts

Hosted by former BBC Reporting Scotland anchor Jackie Bird, each episode will tell some of the thrilling stories behind the Trust’s people and places, showcasing how everything we do is for the love of Scotland.

Scottish celebrities rally for the National Trust for Scotland

Scottish celebrities living across the world are offering their support for our Save Our Scotland fundraising appeal.