Randal John Somerled McDonnell, 13th Earl of Antrim, by Walter Bird, 26 August 1965 - NPG x163639 - © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Randal John Somerled McDonnell, 13th Earl of Antrim

by Walter Bird
bromide print, 26 August 1965
8 1/8 in. x 6 1/8 in. (206 mm x 156 mm)
Commissioned, 1965
NPG x163639

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Professor David Pinder

26 March 2016, 16:48

At the time of this portrait, Lord Antrim was the National Trust's Chairman and the spearhead of its campaign to purchase, through the Neptune Appeal, 900 miles of outstanding coast around England, Wales and Northern Ireland. Launched in 1965, this appeal has been the National Trust's longest-running and most successful appeal. Almost 800 miles of coast are now owned and protected by the Trust. Without Lord Antrim's determination - there were strong dissenting voices within the Trust in1965 - ownership today would be far short of this.

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