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Name: IRVINE, Alexander Henry Quentin Forbes

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Nee: 24th Laird of Drum Castle, Aberdeenshire

Birth Date: 5 Nov 1908 Aberdeen

Death Date: 24 Nov 1975

Profession: Coffee planter Makone, Makuyu

Area: Makuyu

Married: In Poole 1947 Margaret Selina Bond bapt. 23 Feb 1908 Woodbastwick, Norfolk, d. 5 Nov 1984

Children: none

Book Reference: Sitrep 2, Burke

War Service: KAR in WW2

School: Winchester and Aberdeen

General Information:

Burke - Member Roy. Co. of Archers (Queen's Body Guard for Scotland) 1952, late KAR
Gazette 6 Dec 1938 Ukamba Voters List
Bequeathed his castle to the nation
Pre-war volunteer to the Kenya Regiment (KR 540). KR records spell Quentan
Ancestry: Quentin was a very popular Laird.  About 10 years before he died, he made an agreement with the National Trust of Scotlandthat upon his death Drum Castle and 411 surrounding acres of the estate would be donated to the Trust and was to  be held in trust for the nation. Along with Trust there had to be a substantial endowment of money. Quentin died in 1975 and the National Trust has continued to maintain the castle and the surrounding grounds. “My personal opinion is that they have done a great wonderful job and the castle has been open for all to see”. When the Clan makes a visit to Drum they are made to feel most welcome. We have a real advantage to be able to have church services in the Chapel and tour the grounds at our leisure. However this transfer of the Drum property ended the rights of the Irvine family to reside at Drum and own the land. But the Barony of Drum and the position of Chief of the family could not be transferred to an institution in the same manner as property so “The Caput of the Barony of Irvine of Drum” was established.

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