Sir Jack

Courtyard area
Dundas Castle. Memories from the 1970s
Courtyard Cottage area pre-refurbishment‘Dundas Castle’ has seen some spectacular events since the Auld Keep was built in 1416. When a new member of the team joins us, Sir Jack takes them on a history tour of the Auld Keep and Castle.  It is from this tour that we each learn about some of the major events in the Castle’s past and also some stories from Sir Jack’s family who have owned the Estate since 1899. Before Sir Jack took over the Estate upon the death of his mother in 1997, the Castle was divided and let out as apartments.  We had the absolute pleasure of being contacted by Nigel Hilton, who stayed here in what is now the Courtyard Cottage bedroom area of the Castle as a young man from 1976-1979.
The A to Z of Dundas: ‘B’ is for Boathouse

Nestled on the side of its own private loch, our Boathouse has been providing utter tranquillity and peace for honeymooners, anniversary couples, or those who simply want to get away from it all, since it opened it’s doors to the public over a decade ago. The charms of the Boathouse have gained it a large and ever growing following, but few know of its interesting history...

Introducing the A to Z of Dundas.. ‘A’ is for ‘Apollo’.

Starting today, we take you behind the scenes and under the skin of Dundas, with our new 'A to Z' series, highlighting the remarkable, the ancient, the unexpected and the overlooked aspects of this historic venue.

We begin the series with 'A' -for 'Apollo'.

Apollo was the mythical Greek god of music, poetry and the sun, amongst many other things. One of his more obscure areas of responsibility was over herds and flocks, which is perhaps why this name was chosen for our Apollo, the senior male in our twenty strong flock of Llamas! To find out more about these curious creatures, and how they came to make the elegant surroundings of Dundas Castle their home, read on..

Prince Philip and Sir Jack went to sea in a beautiful bright orange boat

In August 2011 we were delighted to welcome HRH The Duke of Edinburgh to the Castle for a very special occasion.  Volunteers from the RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) met at the Castle to witness the naming ceremony of Scotland’s newest RNLI boat.  The Atlantic 85 boat was named ‘Jimmie Cairncross’ after the Perth jeweller who was a Life Governer of the RNLI whose trust donated the funds that were required to buy the boat.

Sir Jack’s Edinburgh

Sir Jack Stewart-Clark writes an introduction for the monthly 'Luxury Edinburgh' newsletter.

One of my favourite books is called ‘The Railway Man’. It was written by Eric Lomax and brilliantly describes his quiet traditional upbringing in Edinburgh and his subsequent but terrible experiences under the Japanese as a Prisoner of War.