Duchess Roots for Green Stuff; THORNS FROM THE THISTLE

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Duchess Roots for Green Stuff; THORNS FROM THE THISTLE


Byline: RODDY MARTINE

WHILE she and her husband have taken legal steps to control the [pounds sterling]1million fortune which their eldest son Earl Percy is scheduled to inherit at the age of 18, the Duchess of Northumberland is still looking for sponsorship to create what has been described as 'the grandest gardening project of the century' at Alnwick Castle.

With other properties at Syon House in West London, Albury Estate in Surrey and Chatton Park in Northumberland, the Duchess no doubt takes her inspiration for wanting to design a 'northern' garden from her mother, Angela, Lady Buchan Hepburn, who, from almost nothing cultivated the lovely gardens at Kailzie, her home near Peebles and now oversees Logan, the tropical parkland in Wigtownshire which is open to the public.

According to informed sources, the Duchess needs [pounds sterling]15million to undertake the project. Perhaps she should start by asking young Earl Percy for a sub.

A SLIGHT confusion surrounds one of the east coast events being organised as part of the [pounds sterling]5million appeal to rebuild Erskine Hospital in Renfrewshire.

According to a publicity list, there is to be a cookery demonstration at noon on February 25 at Floors Castle in Kelso given by 'Clarinda' of Two Fat Ladies TV fame. Could this be true - that Clarissa Dickson Wright is none other than the reincarnation of Agnes MacLehose, to whom Robert Burns dedicated his Clarinda letters and for whom he supposedly wrote his greatest love song Ae Fond Kiss? …

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