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Kenmure Castle (21) Mary, Viscountess Kenmure | by arjayempee
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Kenmure Castle (21) Mary, Viscountess Kenmure

(A doorway in the base of the north-west tower.)


How often has it happened throughout history, that women have saved the day when all appeared lost due to the impetuosity or rigid principles of their husbands?! The widowed viscountess of the executed 6th Viscount Kenmure (Lady Mary Dalzell, only sister of the sixth Earl of Carnwath, also forfeited in 1716) was a lady of great spirit, and like her family, firmly attached to the house of Stuart.


After the execution of her husband, she hurried back to Scotland by herself, and reached Kenmure Castle in time to secure the family papers. When the estates came up for sale, she, with the assistance of some friends, was able to purchase them, and being an excellent manager, by the time her eldest son, Robert, came of age, she delivered them over to him, unencumbered, reserving only a small annuity to herself. Robert died, unmarried, 10th August, 1741, in his 28th year. His mother, the dowager viscountess, died at Terregles, 16th August, 1776, having survived her husband sixty-one years.


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Taken on October 29, 2009