Wednesday, 24 October 2018

Mount Stuart

Our autumn excursion took us to Mount Stuart on the Isle of Bute, the grand Victorian mansion of the 3rd Marquess of Bute.
After a slightly inauspicious start - our normal pick up point had to be changed due to filming in the centre of Glasgow - thirty Friends enjoyed a trip to Wemyss Bay and a sail across the water to Rothesay.
On arrival at Mount Stuart we split into two, one group having lunch whilst the other had a guided tour of the house.
The Marble Hall, built of Sicilian marble and alabaster and soaring to a height of eighty feet, is a magnificent if somewhat overpowering sight.
Our guide led us through the history of the house which mirrors the 3rd Marquess’s interests in astronomy and astrology, evident in many of the rooms and decoration.
Perhaps we could have done with more time to study the fine family portraits by Ramsay, Raeburn and an atypical one by Thomas Lawrence. 
Throughout the tour we came face to face with the art installation “The Power of Twelve” by Christine Borland which reflects the use of the house as a naval hospital during the first world war and some of us braved the sudden rain shower to visit part of the installation in the swimming pool in the garden. 
Time for a cuppa in Rothesay before boarding the ferry and back to Glasgow. A long day but well worth it, thanks to the organisation by Marion Maudsley and our helpful driver, Sean.