Peter Timoney, Head Gardener at Scone Palace, the ancestral seat of the Earls of Mansfield and the former crowning place for the Kings of Scotland, has taken delivery of a Ransomes Parkway triple mower from Fairways GM, RANSOMES JACOBSEN's dealer for Scotland. RANSOMES JACOBSEN is a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company.
The powerful, four-wheel drive mower is being used to improve the presentation of the main entrance and extensive landscaped grounds that surround the palace, which was built between 1801 and 1812.
"We were really in need of a new machine to improve the presentation of the main approach to the house; this is the first impression that visitors get when coming here and we want it to be pristine," said Peter, who has been at Scone Palace for 23 years and heads a team of three permanent staff and one seasonal gardener.
"We visited Fairways' premises in Kinross and were highly impressed with the organisation and support services. The machine had everything we wanted and we've not been disappointed. When the weather permits we cut twice a week and the results are superb."
Robert the Bruce was crowned at Scone in 1306 and the last coronation was of Charles II, when he accepted the Scottish crown in 1651. The place of coronation was called Caislean Credi, 'Hill of Credulity', which survives as the present Moot Hill.
The present owner, the 8th Earl of Mansfield, William David Murray, succeeded his father in 1971. Lord Mansfield is also Lord Scone, 11th Lord Balvaird and Hereditary Keeper of Bruce's Castle of Lochmaben.