Just left of centre, James, Marquess of Blandford, 1969
Anyway, “The Battle of Blenheim” became the subject of a poem by Robert Southey, who was not in favour of the recruiting drive for anti-French troops in the early nineteenth century. The poem has an old man, Kaspar, telling his grandchildren about “a famous victory” which was fought near his cottage when he was a child (and which nearly cost him his life as an infant).
"And everybody praised the Duke
Do we need to know whether he will be fit (he suffers from SAD syndrome, he laments) to manage the estate? Even with a board of trustees, which include his younger brother? Do we need to worry about the upkeep and future of such a place? Why not turn it into something practical and beneficial?
James Spencer-Churchill, aka Jamie, Marquess of Blandford (on the left above in 1969, and below as he is now), was born with a silver spoon in his mouth, but in memory of the 41,000 men who lost their lives at the Battle of Blenheim, perhaps this particular set of cutlery should be gifted back to the nation now?
Landed. Just landed: The English Gentry......