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Sir Jackie Stewart, O.B.E

I was very proud to be invited to be a Patron of The National Gamekeepers' Organisation Educational Trust.

I have had a strong and long association with gamekeepers, ghillies and stalkers that I considered to be one of the most important ingredients in my life. I am the grandson of a gamekeeper who was Head Gamekeeper for the late Viscount Weir, whose land for shooting was near Eaglesham in Scotland. My Father brought me up to shoot and fish and much of my early days were spent "under the wing" of my Grandfather. One of life's true gentlemen, with wonderful dignity, presence and yet firmness that gamekeepers can have, so that is why the family did not have any land.

My early shooting was created through my Father having a clay pigeon trap that we used in the field at the back of our house. This only began when I was 14 years of age, but my passion for shooting developed quickly and I won my first trophy that same year. From then on there was no looking back. I was driven around Scotland going to clay pigeon shoots from the Borders to the North, whether it was the Western Highlands or on the East coast.

I was to go on and shoot for Scotland, where a large proportion of the team was made up of gamekeepers, all with a good eye and great company to be with. Impressive years for a young boy growing up. Iwent down to England and Wales a great deal for shooting before I was old enough to drive a car. I stayed on shooting competitively until I was 23 years of age by then, shooting for Britain as well as Scotland. They were the most important learning years of my life in many ways, mixing with some of the best people that you could find.

I have never lost the enjoyment and appreciation of what role gamekeepers play in rural Britain. The. country would be a poorer place without them and the job they do is enormously important for the environment. Some of the wisest people I have met during my life have been gamekeepers, so I am very proud of my family stock and to this day have never stopped learning from keepers and getting an immense of pleasure from being in their company. That is why I am extremely proud to support The National Gamekeepers' Organisation Educational Trust as a patron.

Their Graces The Duke & Duchess of Buccleuch & Queensberry

Richard, 10th Duke of Buccleuch and 12th Duke of Queensberry, KBE,FRSE,DL succeeded his father to the Dukedoms in September 2007.

Born in 1954, educated at Eton and Christ Church, Oxford, he is married to a fellow Borderer, Lady Elizabeth Kerr.

They have 4 children, Louisa, Walter, Charles, and Amabel.

The Duke took over as Chairman of the Buccleuch Group of companies from his father, but he has been deeply involved in management of the historic family estate businesses, heritage properties and art collections from an early age.

Caring for the irreplaceable Buccleuch countryside and its rich history is a labour of love for the Buccleuch family and Group. In a legacy passed down through generations, the Duke sees himself as a steward of the magnificent estates; a protector of times past and present; a guardian for the future.

NGOET Patron Sir Jackie Stewart OBE

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