"Caerlaverock -
where the unique balance of agriculture, wildfowling and conservation brings people and wildlife together for the benefit of both."

Caerlaverock Staff


Lady Mary Herries

Lady Mary Mumford - Photograph Copyright Graham FranksSadly Lady Mary Herries (formerly Mumford) passed away on Friday 7th April 2017 peacefully at home.  The late Lady Mary Herries inherited ownership of Caerlaverock Estate from her father the 16th Duke of Norfolk.  The Estate has been in the family for several hundred years and has Heritage Status.  The Lordship Herries of Terregles was created in 1490.

Over the years Lady Mary, who very much made the Estate her second home, derived great pleasure from upholding her father's philosophy of a balance between farming, field sports and conservation.  She oversaw the gradual transformation of Caerlaverock from a private, country retreat to a major visitor attraction and was staunchly behind recent developments, including the creation of the new tea room and village shop in Glencaple, to attract more visitors to the area for the benefit of the entire community.

One of the ladies-in-waiting to HRH Princess Alexandra, she was a country woman through and through and was passionate about people, horses and dogs – being a long standing patron of the Dumfries and Galloway Canine Rescue Centre, a cause dear to her heart.  She was instrumental in improving the Estate’s stock of privately rented houses which are let to a diverse mix of people, both young and old, who in turn support local services including the community school.

Lady Mary’s niece, Lady Clare Kerr, looks forward to following in her Aunt's footsteps, ensuring that the legacy of Caerlaverock Estate and what it stands for remains for future generations.

© Lady Mary Herries photograph courtesy of Graham Franks.

Gordon Kerr

Gordon KerrEstate Manager Gordon Kerr is a director a Savills Dumfries.  He very much enjoys his involvement with the estate, the Duke of Norfolk family and the Caerlaverock community. In addition to the strategic management of the estate, Gordon is currently masterminding a range of new initiatives geared towards boosting tourism in the area. This will be done by working with other organisations and is designed to secure the future of Caerlaverock for generations to come.

Other staff at Savills who are involved with the estate include Matthew Law, James Worthington, head of the Farm Management department and various members of the Architecture and Building Surveying.

Robbie Cowan - Gamekeeper

Robbie Cowan - GamekeeperRobbie Cowan has worked on Caerlaverock estate for 13 years as gamekeeper/ranger. Gamekeeping on Caerlaverock is very much a family tradition as his father, Jim served the Norfolk family as keeper for 40 years, and his great grandfather before him for 55 years.

Robbie is usually out and about on the estate and is more than happy to answer questions from walkers and other visitors, especially questions concerning wildlife management and the activities that people can enjoy. In his own words:

"As Caerlaverock's gamekeeper my priority is to concentrate on the conservation of wildlife on the estate, which along with vermin control and habitat management results in a healthy, balanced and sustainable environment.  I consider my job both unique and rewarding in that Caerlaverlock, with its diverse landscape is famously committed to conservation, not just of wildlife but to its land and the many historical features that can be found on the estate. My role demands that I maintain the farm wetlands, rough areas and small woodlands for wildlife as well as carrying out routine farm  duties. I monitor the wildfowling on the National Nature Reserve and look after the haaf netting to ensure this unique method of fishing continues for future generations to enjoy. I am also responsible for maintaining the network of footpaths, bird hides and information signs on the estate and greatly enjoy meeting visitors and sharing my experiences of Caerlaverock with them."


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