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Leith Hall (13) the death of the last laird

During the Great War, Leith Hall was used as a hospital treating men from Scottish regiments returning wounded from the Western Front. After the war the Leith-Hay family once more took up residence.

 

The last Laird of Rannes and Leith Hall was Charles Arthur O’Neill Leith-Hay, who inherited the estate on his father's death in May 1939. In September of the same year, aged just 21, Charles was killed in a road accident when the tail of his greatcoat caught in the chain sprocket of the motorbike he was riding. His mother, whose only other two children, two daughters, had died in infancy, wrote of her sons death "It seemed like a bright light on the horizon had been extinguished which could never be lit again"

 

In 1945 Charles' mother, Mrs Henrietta O’Neill Leith-Hay, gave Leith Hall to the National Trust for Scotland.

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Taken on July 15, 2010