Clan Stirling wishes to pass our sincere thoughts and condolences to Clan Brodie. Thier Chieftian Ninian Brodie, passed away on March 7th.
The following is from the Associated Press.
LONDON, March 7, 2003
Ninian Brodie, the Scottish chief who split his aristocratic clan when he sold its castle to the National Trust, a conservation group, died on Monday in Elgin, Scotland. He was 90.
The property, Brodie Castle, is now owned by the trust.
Mr. Brodie, whose formal title was Brodie of Brodie of that Ilk, was chief of the Brodie clan and its 25th laird, a Scottish Title. He was descended from a Scottish nobleman who was granted lands in the Elgin area by King Malcolm IV in the 12th century. Born in Brodie Castle near Inverness in northeastern Scotland, Mr. Brodie inherited the title after his two older brothers died.
The Brodie family lived at Brodie for almost eight centuries, until the 25th laird sold the crumbling castle and more than 170 acres in 1978 to the National Trust for Scotland for $208,000. He retained a small apartment on the estate.
Last year, three of his grandchildren, claiming the property was theirs, unsuccessfully petitioned the Scottish courts to have the sale overturned.
Mr. Brodie was educated at Eton College, Oxford, and later the Webber Douglas Academy of Dramatic Art and worked at the Perth Repertory Theater. In 1939, he married the Welsh actress Helena Budgeon. Mr. Brodie served in the Royal Artillery in World War II. Afterward, he returned home to help his recently widowed mother run the estate until her death.
Mr. Brodie, who continued acting, was known locally for reciting risqué limericks and breeding daffodils, as his father had worried that he lacked the resources to keep the dilapidated castle open to the public, he decided to sell it. After restoration, the castle reopened in 1980.
Mr. Brodie is survived by his son Alastair, who becomes the 26th clan chief, and his daughter Juliet.