The story of how the Dalyell family handed over the House of the Binns to the National Trust for Scotland is showcased in a new series for the National Trust for Scotland.
Tam Dalyell and his wife Kathleen, who still live at the historic estate which has been the site of the Dalyell family home since 1612, explain why the house was passed to the charity and what it’s like living and working in the family home as a result.
Tam, right, also shares the story of some of the fascinating Dalyells who walked the halls before him. Theirs is one of 20 stories featured in the Trust’s Scotland’s Stories online project.
Scotland’s Stories created soundslides to tell the story of the diversity of the skills of the people needed to tend the places in the care of the National Trust for Scotland and their passion for their vital work to conserve and promote our heritage. The Dalyell’s story features at: www.scotlandsstories.com
Chief executive Kate Mavor said: “Through Scotland’s Stories we hope to give an insight into the vast array of skills and experience that is needed to look after the special places and items in our care.
‘‘We wanted to pull back the curtain on the world of conservation and shine a light on the talent and dedication of the passionate people who keep their heritage alive for future generations.”
Director Verity Walker said: “Tam and Kathleen Dalyell gave us a marvellously hospitable interview in their hall in front of a roaring fire.”
People can upload their own stories about Trust properties, their visits and experiences there at a dedicated Facebook page - ht tps://www.facebook.com/ScotlandsStories.