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Queen Victoria commemorates her beloved Ghillie

One of the most fascinating stories about Queen Victoria's personal life was her relationship with her 'personal attendant' John Brown. Brown was employed at Balmoral at the time of its purchase by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. He rose to become Prince Albert's personal ghillie and then Queen Victoria's servant. But after the premature death of Albert in 1861 he became a great support for Queen Victoria who mourned Albert for the rest of her life. Brown received many gifts from Victoria and at least two medals were specially created for him.

After his death in 1883, Queen Victoria designed a memorial brooch along with mourning scarves and stick pins for presentation to her Highland servants and cottagers, to be worn on the anniversary of his death. It is believed that the memorial stickpin that we have in the auction was presented to one of the servants by Her Majesty.


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