On these long cold nights I sit by the fire with a cup of tea and lose myself in the world of Glenbogle. This drama has all the elements I love ~ a handsome hero, a lovely village lass, plenty of poignancy and humor and Scottish history. And some very amusing neighbors, even a laird called “Killwillie”!

 Ardverikie was built in 1878 by local craftsmen and has been owned by the same family since then. It has had a rich history, almost chosen by Queen Victoria instead of Balmoral as her Scottish retreat and ironically used briefly in the film `Mrs Brown’ for some scenes. English painter John Millais spent many months here on the estate sketching and drawing. Landseer’s influence is also evident within the house, as well as in the adoption of his most famous stag painting for the title of the television series.

Monarch of the Glen was a BBC TV drama series featuring the exploits of an impecunious and somewhat dysfunctional Highland family in their efforts to keep
the estate of Glenbogle going after Archie MacDonald, a young restaurateur, is called back to his childhood home where he must act as the new laird.
Adapted from the so-called “Highland” novels of Compton MacKenzie, libraries often have these and you can borrow through inter-library loan.
Also available at Amazon and PBS.
Still buried in reading through the galleys ~ back soon!

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