Major HB Galloway of Seaforth Highlanders
The history of Blervie estate prior to 1908 is somewhat vague beyond the fact the Estate was owned together with Delgatie Castle until Blervie Estate was passed along a family line to Ainslie Douglas Grant-Duff (later Ainslie) who sold Blervie Estate to Cap. Harold Bessemer Galloway in 1907. He had the existing house designed and built .
After a distinguished military career the now Major Galloway was killed in action at Loos in 1915. The house then had a succession of owners until it was purchased by the Schiach family in 1985. Alan Schiach played a substantial role in Macallan – the whisky distillery.
In 2014 Graham and Sheena Thompson bought Blervie which has since undergone a substantial renovation project leaving the house with a modern manageable heating system, updated bathrooms and kitchen yet still retaining the true character of this stunning house with it’s Historic Scotland listed features.
While renovating the house significant memorabilia was discovered indicating the house had been used during WW2 for army training – yet another chapter of the house’s history waiting to be told.
If you look carefully around the house you will see many original features – a dumb waiter, the original safe – the same make that set sail on the Titanic, the original ovens and the inevitable servant’s bells. Can you work out which room was the secret room?