Having had various Tenants since 1838, The Campbell family eventually sold Strachur Estate in 1897 to Roger Plowden.
We are very grateful to have a digital copy of The Plowden Collection of Photographs. With thanks to Live Argyll Libraries (Local Collection) for help with purchase of the first Album which they retain. Also thank you to Francis Plowden for allowing us to have a copy of the second Album of photos. (See also our page on Piers and Fishing)and for allowing us to display them on this website. SDLHS have pieced together some information about the Plowden Family from research, old newspaper cuttings etc. Please have a look at all our pages on Roger Herbert Plowden.
Roger Herbert Plowden was born in Florence in 1853 and became a banker and land proprietor. In 1888 he married Minnie Jump and by 1897 they, and their young son Humphrey, had bought and moved into Strachur Park. Minnie was a keen photographer and we think took many of the photos you will see on this and the following pages. Minnie also painted, made notes and kept a record of events of her time in Strachur Park which give us an insight into life there. The second Mrs Plowden also put together an album so we have a wealth of fascinating material – too much to show here but if you wish to know more, please contact us
A telegram sent back to Strachur, presumably to his wife Minnie, to say Roger had purchased Strachur Estate. Some newspaper cuttings also spreading the word.
Unfortunately the following photographs were not annotated – however eagle-eyed viewers may be able to work out who the people are and in some of the following pages about the family, photos have names attached. So a bit of detective work might add to the interest!