From Rus­sian to Scot­tish baroness, meet glam­orous new Lady of Inch­drewer...

The Scottish Mail on Sunday - - Comment - By Kirsten John­son

HER an­ces­tors are Rus­sian aris­to­crats and she is a queen of the cat­walk.

Now glam­orous model and de­signer Olga Roh boasts a new ti­tle – Scot­tish baroness.

As well as be­com­ing the new­est mem­ber of Scot­land’s landed gen­try, she also has her very own coat of arms – even though she has only set foot in the coun­try twice.

The fash­ion­ista, who once mod­elled for Ver­sace and Valentino, is now of­fi­cially Baroness Olga Roh of Inch­drewer Cas­tle af­ter snap­ping up the crum­bling ‘fairy­tale’ strong­hold near Banff for £400,000.

She bought the cas­tle at the end of 2013 and last month was fi­nally granted a noble ti­tle by Scot­land’s heraldic au­thor­ity, The Court Of The Lord Lyon.

Her hus­band, Dr Stephan Claus Roh, a Swiss lawyer and econ­o­mist, be­comes the Baron of Inch­drewer with his own coat of arms.

The 45-year-old Mus­covite princess, whose aris­to­cratic fam­ily lost ev­ery­thing when the Tsar was over­thrown in the 1917 Rus­sian Rev­o­lu­tion, told The Scot­tish Mail on Sun­day: ‘I am so happy to fi­nally be the Baroness of Inch­drewer. ‘I feel like it gives me a tie with Scot­land that will never leave me. ‘It is such a spe­cial thing to have and I will cher­ish it.’

She added: ‘It was not the ti­tle that at­tracted me to the cas­tle, but hav­ing it means I am now part of its his­tory. ‘I have the ti­tle of princess in Rus­sia, from my father’s side, but my fam­ily lost their palace in 1917. I wasn’t able to save my fam­ily’s palace, but now I have the chance to save a Scot­tish cas­tle.’

The mother of three, who owns the Rohmir fash­ion la­bel and ap­peared on the Meet The Rus­sians re­al­ity TV se­ries, bought the cas­tle fol­low­ing the death of its pre­vi­ous owner, Count Robin de la Lanne-Mir­rlees.

The cas­tle, which has a res­i­dent ghost, has a colour­ful his­tory in­clud­ing an at­tack by the Duke of Cumberland in 1746 when he was hunt­ing for Bon­nie Prince Char­lie.

The Baroness, who lives with her hus­band in Hong Kong, said: ‘We re­ally hope to open it as a ho­tel and at­tach our­selves to a lux­ury ho­tel group but I am very keen not to shut out the lo­cal com­mu­nity.’

HIS­TORIC PILE: Inch­drewer Cas­tle is to be re­stored by Olga Roh and her hus­band. Far left: The baron’s coat of arms

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