“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.

Leys Estate - Annotated

Leys Estate - Annotated


1. Willow grown for Wood-fuel
2. Loch of Leys and Crannog
3. Wildlife
4. Cattle and Agriculture
5. River Dee and Salmon
6. Scolty Monument
7. Forestry
8. Portugal Laurel in Garden
9. Roe Deer
10. Sir Thomas Burnett 1st Bt
11. Pheasants
12. Crathes Castle
13. Red Squirrel
14. Rugby
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