Miss Jean Galbraith
10 February 2018
It is with much sadness that we hear of the
death of The Honourable Miss Jean Galbraith of
Barskimming at the age of 96.
Miss Jean, as she was
known to all, was a great supporter of Scottish carriage
For many years she was a a competitor at
driving trials with her Shetland pony Blackie, as well
as taking part in BDS drives and showing classes.
not sure that Blackie ever completed a dressage test
without going to the toilet in the middle of the arena!
SCDA members will remember fondly the Barskimming Events
which Miss Jean and Miss Heather hosted.
For many years
the marathon included a very steep slope descending to
the obstacle field and then an equally scary ascent up
the hill and through a rock tunnel.
I had many a
sleepless night before those events as I don’t do
‘tippy’ but always enjoyed the marathon once on it!
Beautiful drives through the woods, along the drive past
the big house, up farm tracks past Miss Heather and Miss
Jean’s prized horses, and all the time enjoying the
fauna and flora. We were so lucky to be made so welcome
Miss Jean was a great friend of carriage
driving in Scotland and of BDS West of Scotland in
particular. She was a very generous hostess, always
delighted to host events at Barskimming, her beautiful
family estate near Mauchline.
Her delicious teas after
drive-outs were eagerly looked forward to with often as
many 'foot followers' and ‘friends’ coming to tea as
there were drivers.
To cram in around their huge kitchen
table was a real treat with good company, good food and
Miss Jean regaling us with a host of stories and
anecdotes about her life.
As a small child she lived at
the family's estate at Auchendrane, south of Ayr and
then after that came their move to Barskimming.
keen horsewoman, Miss Jean hunted from an early age, with
the family's hunters stabled in a multi-storey hunt
livery stable in the middle of Ayr.
At Barskimming, with her
sister Miss Heather, she became interested in
eventing, and to this day they host the annual British
Eventing Eglinton Horse Trials.
During the war Miss Jean
joined the WRENs and worked as a signaller.
war she returned to Barskimming and helped run
Barskimming for the rest of her life.
Always keen to
point out the hedges that she planted, or how after the
war she cut the grass at the side of the drive into
Barskimming with a push along mower, which entailed
pushing the mower for six miles back and forth, Miss
Jean was an entertaining passenger on a drive out at
Miss Jean had an endless supply of tales
about her long life and she leaves a great hole in the
BDS West of Scotland and SCDA Carriage Driving.
so sad to hear of her death and will convey our deepest
sympathies to Miss Heather.
Contributed by Eileen
Cornish, SCDA Secretary and BDS Scotland.