Bute Memorial Bench
Artists: Jim Partridge & Liz Walmsley
Date: July 2006
Commissioned by Lady Bute as a memorial to her husband John, Sixth Marquess of Bute.
John had strong ties to RBGE, being very fond of the gardens, including sitting on the Board of the Younger (Benmore) Trust for over 26 years. His garden at Mount Stuart was also established as the first ‘network’ garden as part of the International Conifer Conservation programme – an initiative to establish a ‘seed bank’ for threatened conifer species.
Lady Bute approached Jim Partridge and Liz Walmsley, as she and her husband had previously commissioned pieces from them for their garden at Mount Stuart. Once a design had been developed, discussions on where to place it at Inverleith began.
Lady Bute is very pleased with the bench, saying that she felt it had been a great success, being regularly used by families and noting that the oak has aged well.