The next year the Royal Family bought the 17,400-acre Balmoral for 30,000 guineas, and in 1858 John Brown took Archibald Frazer Macdonald's place as personal gillie to Prince Albert.
The gillie 's lodge to the east of the original manor consists of a living room, kitchen, two bedrooms and bathroom.
Queen Victoria ‘inherited’ the gillie John Brown when she bought the Balmoral estate in 1848 and he became a close personal confidante, particularly after her husband, Prince Albert, died in 1861.
In maybe three more minutes it would have been netted by the gillie , knocked on the head, to be displayed later on outside the hotel dining room.
My gillie did once report seeing some character walking along a shallow burn in wellington boots, waving a couple of coat hangers.
After a while I was joined by Kenny, the local ghillie .
The committee decided not to take evidence from the Crofting Counties Fishing Rights Group, which represents some 500 gillies , river bailiffs and other river workers in the Highlands.