Praise for ‘fantastic’ exhibits

Linda Fraser and Graceann Robertson, Norman Atkinson, the Duke and Duchess of Montrose, museum curator Rachel Benvie.'Gable End Photography
Linda Fraser and Graceann Robertson, Norman Atkinson, the Duke and Duchess of Montrose, museum curator Rachel Benvie.'Gable End Photography

A MAJOR exhibition at Montrose Museum about James Graham, 1st Marquis of Montrose, has been given a resounding endorsement by the Marquis’s descendant, the Duke of Montrose.

The Duke, James Graham, accompanied by his wife, was given a tour of the exhibits during a visit to the town on Friday and commended staff for their “fantastic job” of drawing together the event which features the largest collection of artefacts relating to the Marquis that has even been brought together.

As well as weapons, portraits, documents and books it also features what is said to be the actual embalmed heart of the Marquis.

The Duke said: “They’ve done a fantastic job in collecting together so much. It’s really quite astonishing and it’s always nice to see the various pictures and portraits of him brought together.

“It’s a bit of a challenge to think one might have to live up to it, and really there’s no hope of living up to it.”

The Duke and Duchess were accompanied by museum staff including curator Rachel Benvie and Angus Council’s cultural services manager Norman Atkinson.

Mr Atkinson said: “It has been a fantastic visit and what I’ve been taken by is not just their knowledge but the keen interest they have not just in the Marquis but in the town. They obviously feel there’s a connection.”

The exhibition, ‘To Win or Lose it All’, runs at Montrose Museum until Saturday, September 22.