Dunkeld, Gardens of Eastwood House

 

During the early 1890’s Eastwood was occupied by Atholl McGregor, a minor Scottish laird, and it was he that sublet the house to Rupert Potter and his family for their annual highland summer holiday in 1893.

Beatrix Potter, then 27 years old, spent an incredibly productive few months at Eastwood House where she met often with the local naturalist Charles Macintosh and produced some 60 drawings of fungi, many found in the gardens at Eastwood.

On consecutive days in early September, sitting in the gardens by the river, Beatrix also penned the famous picture letters that would become The Tale of Peter Rabbit and The Tale of Jeremy Fisher.

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