Monday, July 6th, 2009
The obituary of Captain Humphrey Drummond offers one of those moments where the Shavian dictum about "two countries separated by a common language" seems to be an understatement:
It is unusual for a gentleman to change his name on marriage to that of his wife. But very little about Humphrey Drummond and his colourful life was usual. Born Humphrey ap Evans, of Welsh descent, he acquired the name of his wife, Cherry Drummond of Megginch, by decree of the Lord Lyon King of Arms, taking on not only the inheritance of an old and distinguished Scottish family, but also a fine, if crumbling, castle in Perthshire. Thereafter he devoted himself to both, filling Megginch Castle with antiques, notably a collection of Victorian penny-in-the-slot organs, as well as hunting dogs of various breeds, with whom he indulged his favourite sport of falconry.