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TITANIC CENTENARY COMMEMORATION 1912 – 2012
OPENING TIMES ARE:
SATURDAY 7th APRIL to SATURDAY 2nd JUNE 2012
10am to 4:30pm – Monday to Saturday
50 Unicorn Way, KINGDOM CENTRE, GLENROTHES
(Between Thomas Cook & Value Specs)
NOELLE, COUNTESS OF ROTHES
To mark the global-wide interest in the 100th Commemoration of the Titanic disaster an EXHIBITION, organised by GAHC, will run throughout April & May 2012 in the Kingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes.
The exhibition will cover the life of Noelle, Countess of Rothes, and the heroic role she played on the Titanic’s No.8 lifeboat during that fateful night on 14th April 1912.
The exhibition will include memoirs and artefacts, private property of the Leslie/Rothes family, previously unseen by the public. The memoirs were written by Noelle onboard the “Carpathia” after her dramatic rescue from the lifeboat.
Noelle was married to Colonel Norman Evelyn Leslie, 19th Earl of Rothes, of Leslie House – situated between Glenrothes and Leslie in Fife.
In 1905 he was appointed Captain the Fife Royal Garrison Artillery.
During the First World War he fought gallantly, and Leslie House, the ancestral head seat of his family, became a hospital for the injured. His wife, the Countess of Rothes, worked ceaselessly during the wartime, both at Leslie House and elsewhere, acting as nurse. Rothes was promoted to Colonel in 1918. He sustained injuries during the war from which he never fully recovered.
This EXHIBITION in the Kingdom Centre will celebrate the links between our local communities, the Countess of Rothes and the centenary of the Titanic Disaster of 14th April 1912.
Linda Ballingall, Founder of the GAHC, added “These memoirs make very poignant reading and bring to life vividly the events of that dreadful night when so many lost their lives.”
An official launch will be followed by a series of special lectures and reception evenings throughout April & May. Details will be on this website, as soon as dates and times are confirmed.
The Countess, her cousin and maid were rescued in lifeboat 8. Thomas William Jones, the able seaman in charge of their lifeboat, later said Rothes “had a lot to say, so I put her to steering the boat,” a compliment on her leadership abilities. She took the tiller, asking her cousin to assist her until she went to sit next to and comfort a young Spanish newlywed, María, whose husband had remained behind on the sinking liner. There she remained for the duration of the night, rowing all the while and helping to boost the morale of other women until their lifeboat was picked up by the Carpathia, where she devoted herself to the care of the steerage women and children from Titanic. As a token of his esteem, Jones later presented her with the brass number plate from their lifeboat.
Welcome to Glenrothes Area Heritage Centre and as it says in the song, ‘Come in, Come in, it’s nice to see you’ and we hope you are going to visit us time and time again.
The goal of the Glenrothes Area Heritage Centre is to establish a flagship Heritage Centre within the Kingdom Shopping Centre, Glenrothes.
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Friends of Glenrothes & Area Heritage Centre will be launched later this year. Details of cost of membership together with benefits and future events will be posted. Details and membership forms will also be available from Rothes Halls and district libraries.