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Neil Cobban and Oliver Stearn have completed a 200 plus metres long dry stone dyke on Leys Estate on Wickerinn farm. These two local students were trained by TS and have spend summer 2011 and summer 2012 completed this task with great results as the picture shows. Neil Cobban has graduated in July with an honours degree from grey school of art in Aberdeen and is now considering a self employment career in dyke repair.
The Coat of Arms of the Burnetts of Leys contains a Hunting Horn and three Holly Leaves.
The earliest known seals of the Burnett family show a leaf and later three leaves on a shield. Their 12th century use probably indicated the agricultural lifestyle of the family.
Alexander Burnard was a supporter of King Robert the Bruce and in 1323 was granted the Royal Forest of Drum. Part of this part land was later given to another supporter, William De Irwin, and both became keepers of the Royal Forest. Thereafter their arms consisted of a shield emblazoned with three holly leaves and, in the case of Burnett, a horn of office. These shields represented the official Arms of the King’s Steward who would have displayed on his shield and upon his banner, the holly leaves as an official cognisance under which the King’s tenants would have, when required, join the feudal array of Scotland.
There is positive evidence that the family coat of arms contained the Horn and Holly Leaves as early as the 16th century and it is assumed that the Horn itself was given to Alexander Burnard as a symbol of the Office of Royal Forester.
The modern variant of the coat of arms has been used to identify the Leys Estate activities which include the companies within the Bancon Group. The Horn of Leys remains in the ownership of the Burnett family and is on display at Crathes Castle.
“Every estate has its own distinctive character…
All land management tasks are unique: no two jobs are ever the same…
It can be shaped by the land itself, the owner’s character, the history of the place, the commercial imperative or an intended legacy.”
The Leys Estate Head is one of three which Strutt and Parker, the Leys Estate’s Land Agents, recently commissioned the renowned artist, George Underwood to produce as an illustration of the natural and human elements of which most landed estates are comprised. It is an honour that Leys will be the only Scottish estate that Strutt and Parker have selected. Included in the Head are representations of a large number of activities and interests, all of which have contributed to the estate wellbeing at some time in its history as a result of human input without which such estates would cease to exist.
George Underwood was born in 1947 and joined the Beckenham Art School in 1963. He initially pursued a musical career and made a record with his life-long friend David Bowie. He returned to the art world as an illustrator specialising in the design of book and record covers and produced many paintings for his friends in the music industry following which he became a freelance artist. He stated painting in oils in 1970 and his paintings were influences by the artists of the Viennese School and other contemporary visionaries. His works are held in many private art collections and it is accepted that he is one of the top figurative artists in the UK.
1. Willow grown for Wood-fuel
2. Loch of Leys and Crannog
4. Cattle and Agriculture
5. River Dee and Salmon
6. Scolty Monument
8. Portugal Laurel in Garden
9. Roe Deer
10. Sir Thomas Burnett 1st Bt
12. Crathes Castle
13. Red Squirrel
15. Grouse (sadly few remain)
16. Doocot in Garden
17. Swords in Castle
18. Fountain in Garden
19. Granite “Mushrooms” in Gardens
20. Garden Paths
21. Yew Trees in Garden
22. Drystaine Dykes
23. Painted Ceilings
24. Milton Railway
25. Traditional Estate House
26. Golf at Inchmarlo
27. Yew Hedges
28. Kashentroch House
29. Banchory Business Centre
30. Burnett of Leys Dress Tartan
31. Milton Art Gallery
32. Burnett Crest
33. Burnett Coat of Arms
34. Arms of Katherine Gordon
35. House of Crathes
36. Woodend Barn Arts Theatre
37. Mill of Hirn Recording Studio
38. Estate Tweed
39. Burnett of Leys Hunting Tartan
40. Bancon Development and Construction Group
The celebrated and world renowned Scots poet Robert Burns once held a deep affection for the young Eliza Burnett, daughter of Lord Monboddo.
Burns’ father was a tenant at the Monboddo House, and Robert frequently visited the residence during the learned suppers.
It was likely that he also took this as an excuse to see Eliza as Burns was known to have written several poems dedicated to her beauty and grace. But due to her untimely death on the 17th of June 1790 at the age of 22, no opportunity for a lasting relationship was given to develop.
In a letter addressed to William Chalmers of Ayr, dated 27th December 1786, Burns described Eliza Burnett thus:
“There has not been anything nearly like her in all the combinations of beauty, Grace and Goodness the great Creator has formed, since Milton’s Eve on the first day of her existence“.
In his Elegy On The Late Miss Burnet Of Monboddo burns commemorates the memory of Eliza:
Life ne’er exulted in so rich a prize,
As Burnet, lovely from her native skies;
Nor envious death so triumph’d in a blow,
As that which laid th’ accomplish’d Burnet low.
Thy form and mind, sweet maid, can I forget?
In richest ore the brightest jewel set!
In thee, high Heaven above was truest shown,
As by His noblest work the Godhead best is known.
In vain ye flaunt in summer’s pride, ye groves;
Thou crystal streamlet with thy flowery shore,
Ye woodland choir that chaunt your idle loves,
Ye cease to charm; Eliza is no more.
Ye healthy wastes, immix’d with reedy fens;
Ye mossy streams, with sedge and rushes stor’d:
Ye rugged cliffs, o’erhanging dreary glens,
To you I fly – ye with my soul accord.
Princes, whose cumb’rous pride was all their worth,
Shall venal lays their pompous exit hail,
And thou, sweet Excellence! forsake our earth,
And not a Muse with honest grief bewail?
We saw thee shine in youth and beauty’s pride,
And Virtue’s light, that beams beyond the spheres;
But, like the sun eclips’d at morning tide,
Thou left us darkling in a world of tears.
The parent’s heart that nestled fond in thee,
That heart how sunk, a prey to grief and care;
So deckt the woodbine sweet yon aged tree;
So, rudely ravish’d, left it bleak and bare.