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The Isle of Bute is the ancestral home of the Bute family, however throughout the centuries they have possessed family residences and estates in Scotland, Wales, England and the overseas, including in both Spain and North Africa.
Although most are no longer in the family's possession, the Bute family remains associated with some of the finest historic architecture in the country, due to the efforts of the 3rd, 4th and 6th Marquesses to protect and restore many significant Scottish buildings.
The Bute Houses Partnership is a collaborative venture between four historically Bute-owned properties in Britain: Mount Stuart, Dumfries House, Cardiff Castle and House of Falkland. Through a combination of educational and commercial projects, the organisation aims to preserve the historic links that exist between them, thereby helping the wider public to enjoy the unique character and architectural splendour of each.
The official residence of Scotland's First Minister - Bute House - used to belong to the Stuart family.