North Bute pupils travel back in time at Mount Stuart

Bob Montgomery shows North Bute Primary pupils the work of a Victorian butler during the school's visit to Mount Stuart.

Bob Montgomery shows North Bute Primary pupils the work of a Victorian butler during the school's visit to Mount Stuart.

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Pupils at North Bute Primary School in Port Bannatyne found out all about working life in a Victorian mansion this week - by travelling back in time at Mount Stuart.

The pupils, who are spending this term learning all about life in the Victorian era, were shown the cookery, cleaning, butlery and gardening skills which would have been used every day when the current Mount Stuart house and its predecessor, which burned down in 1877, were in daily use as the Bute family’s home.

After lunch the group were handed over to Jessica Herriot and Gordon Stevenson of Wood Watch Heritage, who demonstrated just a few of the woodland and rural skills they’ve been honing in the Black Park wood in the Mount Stuart grounds over the last two summers - and got the pupils to try some of those skills themselves.

More photos from the day in the next issue of The Buteman - on sale from Thursday, November 19.