A Royal Intervention

A Royal InterventionThe noble soon remarried, but when he died without an heir, the estate passed to his nephew. Dumfries remained in the family until John Bute inherited it in 1993. Weighed down by the death duties of his father and grandfather, John first offered the mansion, complete with the original Chippendale furniture, to the National Trust for Scotland, who declined to purchase it then and again in 2004. A few years later, the house was put up for sale and the contents scheduled for auction. When a fund-raising campaign by preservationists fell short, Prince Charles—known in Scotland as the Duke of Rothesay—learned of this irreplaceable property’s plight and organized a consortium to buy Dumfries and developed it as a successful, self-sustaining venture.

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