National Geographic : 1956 Jul
10 David S. Boyer, National Geographic Staff "Poacher" Wins a Prize. Her Dog Appears Unimpressed Boy's suit, pipe, and mustache complete the masquerade of this girl at a fancy dress parade in Findhorn. Miss Hutchison presents the award. the preacher who introduced him to Jane Welsh (afterwards Mrs. Carlyle). Some say the lady's first preference was for handsome orator Irving, but fate decided otherwise. Sons Brought Kirkcaldy Fame Adam Smith wrote The Wealth of Nations in Kirkcaldy. Carlyle's old school was at tended by another Adam, ancestor of the famous architects the Adam brothers, whose lovely home at Blairadam near Kinross I was to visit later. The wind blew chilly in Kirkcaldy's gray streets, for the sun had clouded over, but I had still 12 miles to go through industrial and coal-mining country before reaching the Lomond Hills and Falk land, where I had planned to spend my first night. Though I never thumb a lift (for what true lover of the open road would do that?), I am not above taking the help of a bus occasionally, and if a lift is offered-well, it is some times dangerous to refuse what the gods provide! On the bleak highroad above the linoleum factories the fates suddenly provided a bus for Perth, which set me down some miles farther on at Falkland Road Station. Falkland Name Carried Afar I walked into one of the most charming hostelries in Fife, the Bruce Arms. From its windows I looked across a cobbled street to the fat towers and small guarded windows of Falk land Palace (page 14). To my shame be it said that this was the first time I had set eyes on it, although the name of this little royal burgh has been carried lit erally to the ends of the earth, the Falkland Islands in the far South Atlantic being named after a de scendant of Sir Henry Cary, Viscount Falkland in Fife.* The town, with its pic- turesque streets and thatched or red-tiled roofs, is an artist's dream. It is tragic that some of its oldest houses seem doomed for lack of funds to restore them. Happily the palace itself was placed in the care of the National Trust for Scotland in 1952, with an endowment for its maintenance, by its public-spirited Hereditary Constable, Maj. Michael Crichton-Stuart. Here Mary Queen of Scots practiced arch ery and hunted in the forest that surrounded the royal dwelling, "more reminiscent," writes the major, "of the great chateaux of the Loire than any other building in Scotland." * See "People and Penguins of the Faraway Falk lands," by Olin Sewall Pettingill, Jr., NATIONAL GEO GRAPHIC MAGAZINE, March, 1956.