Founders Day At Rosendael

09 May 2014

Tuesday saw the inaugral Founders Day Lunch at Rosendael to recognise the gift of Rosendael to Scottish Veterans Residences in 1932. 

A mix of residents, staff and guests enjoyed some sun in the lovely gardens before hearing a presentation from the manager, Max McLennan on the history of Rosendael and the Kyd family who gifted it so generously to SVR. 

We heard how the house had been owned by Dundee jute baron John Normansell Kyd whose only son, Frank Proctor Kyd was killed at the Battle of The Somme in 1916. 

On John's death in 1931 his sister donated the lovely mansion house in Broughty Ferry to The Scottish Naval and Military Residences as we were then known to be a home for veterans.

It was also amazing to hear that over 600 veterans of the First World War found a home at Rosendael. 

The finale of the presentation was the entrance of Rosendael resident Chris McIntosh who proudly sported the red coat and Balmoral bunnet that our residents used to wear. 

In those days SVR was often referred to as 'The Scottish Chelsea'.

Here he is pictured with our Chairman, Major General Mark Strudwick CBE.

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