Managed by The Landmark Trust( can be booked for B&B ) through the National Trust of Scotland since 1974, the Dunmore Pineapple began life as the brainchild of the 4th Earl of Dunmore, John Murray. A folly for his wife, the Pineapple was created to sit atop a pavilion, in which she could sit and admire her garden. There to be admired were, of course, pineapples, thanks to the ingenious use of chimneys to warm the garden�s hothouses (all four of which are disguised as urns, adding to the eccentric nature of the building.
The choice of fruit may seem a little bizarre in decidedly un-tropical Scotland, but the fact that Murray was once Governor of the Bahamas sheds some light. No doubt wanting to bring a little of the sunny flavour of his former home to chilly Dunmore, and aware of the cachet afforded by being associated in some way with this exotic and expensive plant
May 27th, 2010
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