Mrs Helen Plowden

PC1-056 Helen with Piers

In 1901 Roger married Helen Haseltine, a friend of his late wife Minnie, who had visited Strachur Park often. She also kept a diary and scrap book, writing in detail about her visits. She was very fond of Humphrey and we have copies of letters Humphrey wrote to her when she was not in Strachur.

Roger and Helen went on to have 4 children:-

Roger Stanley in 1902
Edwin Noel – 1907
Helen Penelope – 1909
Francis Herbert – 1914.

Mrs Helen Plowden continued to collect material about life in Strachur Park and was involved in a variety of local initiatives. She was Commandant of the Red Cross for Strachur, Strathlachlan and Glendaruel and was instrumental in setting up Letters Lodge Convalescent Hospital in 1915. She organised the collection of Sphagnum Moss used for war dressings.
LL1-001 Letters Lodge Convalescent Hospital
BW1-001 Basket weaving class

Helen Plowden also took a great interest in education and instigated a knitting class as well as a basket weaving class.
KC1-001 Mrs Plowden’s Knitting class

Katie MacVean, ?Luke, Katie Scott, Nana McNicol, Rubina McNicol, Abigail Scott Bessie and Vinnie Scott, Mary Clark, ?Luke, Nancy McCallum, ?Luke Kirsty Campbell, Agnes Clark, Annie Pettigrew, Lizzie McNicol, ?, grand-daughter of Mrs. Stewart, Miss MacIver, personal attendant to Mrs. Plowden (Tombuie)

Mrs Plowden also set up a fund for a Dux Prize for Strachur Primary School.

The Plowdens sold Strachur Park to Lady George in 1918 but that was not the end of their connection to Strachur.

Roger and Helen’s son Edwin, Baron Plowden GBE KCB married Dame Bridget Horatia Richmond. Bridget chaired the group who wrote and published the 1967 Plowden Report on Primary Education. This fundamentally changed the way young children were educated. (The editor of this page trained as a primary teacher in the late 60s, early 70s and remembers clearly “….Age, Aptitude and Ability…..” and the importance of child-centred teaching”)

In 2012 Francis Plowden (Bridget and Edwin’s son) came to Strachur and visited the school as part of their celebrations – 100 years since the new part of the school had been built.
Bridget, Lady Plowden
DFSH1-002 The Plowden Exhibition 2012

Willie Montgomery, Eleanor McKay, Francis Plowden, Roddy MacLennan, Sir Charles McLean, Margaret Montgomery, Fiona Campbell, Iseabal Thomson


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