Duff House WWII history revealed

A new book detailing the war history of an iconic north-east attraction has been published.

“Duff House at War” by historian Allan Burnett - author of the popular “And All That” series - was commissioned by Aberdeenshire Council in 2010, and written as part of ongoing research into Duff House’s fascinating story during the Second World War.

Run as a partnership between Aberdeenshire Council, Historic Scotland and the National Galleries of Scotland to showcase collections alongside regular events and exhibitions, the book reveals another side to Duff House, with new information on the significant role it played in Britain’s fight against fascism.

Featuring contributions from several local residents who lived through the war, as the book also has chapters recording the house’s occupation by Norwegian, Polish and British soldiers, its initial use as an internment and then prisoner of war camp, and the tragic bombing of the house on July 22, 1940. It also contains “A Walking Tour in and around Wartime Banff” to inspire local families and visitors who wish to explore the Second World War history of the area and a useful timeline at the back of the book puts local events in a wider national context.

General Manager of Duff House, Rachel Kennedy, said everyone concerned was excited about the new book.

“Many people have contributed to this project over the years, especially local residents, whose personal stories have been so important”, she said. It pulls together so many different strands of information about the people and events associated with Banff during this difficult time that it makes a significant contribution to local and national history.”