Sir John Fowler was a civil engineer famous for building the world's first underground railway in the 1860s. He also constructed the

Forth Bridge.

He bought the Braemore Estate where he built a house, stables and the Walled Garden.

Two boilers heated the glass houses making it possible to grow, amongst other things, grapes and peaches.

He made a lasting impression on the landscape establishing paths, building bridges and planting over 40,000  trees, along the hillside, around the Walled Garden and down the river valley.

The family still maintain an active interest in the area. 

 

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