Monday, 25 November 2013

Event Report: Duke of Buccleuch at Tosh

Duke Richard presents to Thornhill Heritage Society
The Duke of Buccleuch delved into his family's history on Tuesday 19 November at Thomas Tosh. Duke Richard was the guest speaker of the Thornhill Heritage Society.

The Duke gave a richly illustrated talk about his eighteenth century forebear, the third Duke of Buccleuch, Henry.

Henry's tutor was Adam Smith, the giant of economics, and author of the Wealth of Nations. Smith took the future Duke on a tour of Europe that saw them meet Voltaire, a philosophical superstar in Europe.

Duke Richard said it was very special to think of his forbear as a ward of Smith meeting Voltaire. The current Duke also talked about how he was working to ensure Adam Smith's legacy, with recent trips to Hong Kong and South Korea.

The Duke also showed images of Dalkeith, home of Henry, and Boughton, both still part of the Buccleuch estates, along with local Drumlanrig Castle, near Thornhill.

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