Lady Mary’s Wood

Lady Mary’s Wood CLT V NO356104 1 362 85m

Lady Mary’s Wood 1893 x 1915 OS 6 inch 1st revision

pn Lady Mary + SSE wood

The wood is named after Lady Mary Lindsay Crawford (died 1833), daughter of George 21st earl of Crawford. On the death of her father in 1781, her brother George became earl. On his death, without issue, in 1808, the title became dormant (being later confirmed in 1848 to James 7th earl of Balcarres KCQ), while Lady Mary inherited Crawford Lodge, the house which her father had had built in 1758 in the north-west corner of CLT, as well as the estate of Struthers CER (Millar 1895 i, 193). She immediately set about extending Crawford Lodge, converting it into the famous, but now greatly delapidated, Crawford Priory, the ‘light late Georgian castellated-cum-Gothick [house] with high-minded Victorian additions’ (Gifford 1988, 140). Millar describes her as an independent woman who flaunted convention and scandalised society, or as Millar puts it, ‘the untrammelled freedom of her conduct frequently brought her under the condemnation of more precise but less vigorous minds; and baseless scandals were uttered regarding her, even in the most elevated of circles, by those to whom the “strong-minded female” was yet a phenomenon’ (Millar 1895 i, 193).[59] She never married, and was devoted to animals. On her death she was buried with her father and brother in the family mausoleum on Crawford Priory lands which had been built by her father c.1760. This is the Tomb marked on OS Pathf. at NO356103. It is testimony to the character and achievements of Lady Mary that the wood in which the mausoleum stands came to bear her name. This wood is marked but not named on OS 6 inch 1st edn, with the den immediately east of the tomb called Tomb Den.

This place-name appeared in printed volume 2