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Fanny Octavia Louisa (née Spencer-Churchill), Lady Tweedmouth with her golden retriever Crocus

by A.J. (Arthur James) Melhuish
albumen cabinet card, 1876
5 3/4 in. x 3 7/8 in. (145 mm x 100 mm) image size
Purchased, 2001
NPG x128444

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28 July 2016, 13:42

A lover of the golden retriever dog, Fanny - Baroness Tweedmouth - was known in the Highland region of Scotland as the Lady of Glenaffric and Guisachan. Fanny's husband, the 2nd Lord Tweedmouth, inherited the vast Glen Affric holdings from his father, the 1st Lord Tweedmouth, which included the Guisachan estate. It was at Guisachan that the 1st Lord Tweedmouth had bred the first golden retriever dog for hunting purposes. He had built for himself the castle-like Glen Affric Hunting Lodge in the 1860s. Fanny was the aunt of Winston Churchill who had driven around his aunt's estate in 1901. The Duke and Duchess of York (later Queen Mary) were also Fanny's guests at Guisachan - she was reported in 1897 as driving the Duchess around Glen Affric

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