Mount Stuart staff attend the Armistice Day memorial service

11th November 2019

Mount Stuart staff attend the Armistice Day memorial service

"The greatest honour a man can receive is that he has been provided with a chance to give, if need be, the greatest that he has, which is life, for his country." - Lord Ninian Crichton-Stuart 1914.

Remembrance Day is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states since the end of the First World War to remember the members of their armed forces who have died in the line of duty.

To mark the occasion, members of staff from various departments at Mount Stuart Trust gathered at the Isle of Bute Armistice Day memorial service, held at the Rothesay Cenotaph. Major General (Retd) Colin Boag CB CBE, Managing Director of Mount Stuart Trust was joined by colleagues Karen White (Trinity Girls' Club), Robert Zimmerman (Coastguard), Neil Gillies, Campbell MacFadyen, and Joseph Kane (all Rothesay and district pipe band).

Image credit: Iain Cochrane Photography.

At Mount Stuart, two statues stand in the Marble Chapel every November to mark the services of the Bute family's ancestor, Ninian Crichton-Stuart.

Lord Ninian was the brother of John Crichton-Stuart, 4th Marquess of Bute. During World War I, Lieutenant Colonel Crichton-Stuart led the 6th Battalion, The Welsh Regiment. He died on 2 October 1915 at the Battle of Loos.

He had been a dedicated and respected commander. A sniper's bullet killed him while he tried to rescue a fellow soldier and personal friend. Despite efforts by his grieving family to bring his body home, Lord Ninian remains buried in France at Bethune Town Cemetery.