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Robert Steuart Fothringham
of Pourie and Murthly

Robert Steuart Fothringham, former Chieftain of the Birnam Highland Games, died peacefully on the 12th May in Pitlochry, aged 74.

Brought up in Angus, Mr Robert qualified as a Chartered Accountant before taking over the management of the family estates in 1969. At Murthly he helped to establish the Dunkeld path network, restored the castle grounds to their former splendour and supported the Dunkeld and Birnam Arts Festival. His sensitive management resulted in many of his employees staying on the Estate until their dying day.

Mt Robert also served as a Deputy Lieutenant for Angus from 1985, and was a member of the Royal Company of Archers, winning the Queen’s Prize for Archery in 1978 and 1979. In 1984 he succeeded his grandfather and uncle as Chieftain of the Birnam Highland Games, a role which he performed with great enthusiasm until stepping down in 2010 due to ill health.

Widowed in 1990, Mr Robert leaves behind his four children, Mariana, Ilona, Thomas and Lionel.

Thomas is our current Chieftain.