Cas­tle be­comes bea­con of sup­port

Perthshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - Me­lanie Bonn

Blair Cas­tle and House of Bruar have been com­mem­o­rat­ing 100 years since WWI.

The Perthshire at­trac­tions joined over 100 other stately homes, ho­tels, mon­u­ments and land­marks across Scot­land tak­ing part in Poppy Scot­land’s Light up Red cen­te­nary com­mem­o­ra­tions.

Blair Cas­tle has been lit up red since Mon­day be­tween 5pm and 10pm ev­ery night in the run-up to Re­mem­brance Sun­day.

Late in the war the cas­tle be­came an aux­il­iary hospi­tal where wounded sol­diers were taken for treat­ment.

The Atholl fam­ily played im­por­tant roles dur­ing the First World War, with all three of the 7th Duke’s sons in­volved in mil­i­tary op­er­a­tions dur­ing the con­flict.

Lord Tullibar­dine, later the 8th Duke of Atholl, com­manded the Scot­tish Horse Reg­i­ment and served at Gal­lipoli.

His brother Lord Ge­orge served with the Black Watch and was lost in France in 1914.

The third son, Lord James of the Cameron High­landers, was in­jured early on in the war and was cap­tured, re­main­ing in Ger­man prison camps for the rest of the war.

House of Bruar also switched its flood­lights to red for the cen­te­nary.

Man­ag­ing di­rec­tor Pa­trick Bir­beck said:“I am de­lighted that we are once again sup­port­ing such a wor­thy cause.

“We could not be hap­pier to con­tinue our re­la­tion­ship with the Poppy Scot­land Ap­peal.”

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