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Alan Ronald Nall-Cain


(Lord Brocket)

1904 - 1967

Member of Parliament and Nazi sympathiser, who was the infamous absentee landlord of the Knoydart Estate. Born into an English brewing family, Nall-Cain was educated at Eton and Oxford. He worked as a barrister in London before becoming a Conservative Member of Parliament.

In the 1930s, Nall-Cain bought the Knoydart Estate. He dismissed and evicted estate workers, preferring to use the land only for recreational shooting and fishing, which caused much local resentment.

Nall-Cain was an enthusiastic Nazi sympathiser. He was a close friend of German Foreign Minister Von Ribbentrop and had taken up a personal invitation to attend Hitler's birthday celebrations in 1939. Unforgivably, he continued his support for the Nazis into and beyond World War II, coming close to facing charges of treason.

In 1948, he faced a land raid by the so-called 'Seven Men of Knoydart' who claimed a small section of his land and began to develop crofts. After a celebrated legal battle, Nall-Cain won, but the point of the unfairness of the distribution of land and ownership without responsibility had been made.

He is remembered by a monument above Inverie (Knoydart).


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