Warm welcome for Violets at Dun

House of Dun: The family seat of the Kennedy-Erskine family, which featured much in the work of Violet Jacobs.
House of Dun: The family seat of the Kennedy-Erskine family, which featured much in the work of Violet Jacobs.

STAFF at the House of Dun are hoping to welcome a bunch of Violets this year to mark the birth of one of the house’s most famous daughters.

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of author and poet Violet Jacobs, anyone sharing her Christian name will able to visit the house free of charge throughout its 2013 season.

Violet Jacobs was the daughter of William Henry Kennedy-Erskine, Laird of Dun, and the family seat featured in much of her work.

The National Trust for Scotland will re-open the ‘A’ listed Georgian property to visitors on March 23 and families can spend the Easter weekend on the Cadbury Easter Egg Trail from Friday, March 29, until Monday, April 1. John McKenna, property manager, said: “As ever, we have a packed programme of events on offer at the House of Dun. It all kicks off over the Easter weekend with our Cadbury Easter Egg Trail. Come along for some fine family fun!”

Overlooking the Montrose Basin, the House of Dun is a fine Robert Adams-designed country house. Packed with a fine art collection including works by the Scottish Colourists and many Erskine family portraits, it is also renowned for its clocks and ceramics. The beautiful garden also boasts some artful planting as well as a croquet lawn.

The House of Dun is open for guided tours from March 23 to June 30, Wednesday to Sunday, 12pm to 5pm; July 1 to August 31, daily from 11am to 5pm; September 1 to October 28, Wednesday to Sunday 12pm to 5pm.