On 15th March 2016 the historian Marietta Crichton Stuart – grand daughter of Lord Ninian Crichton Stuart gave a talk to the Gorwel audience on ‘The Butes and Wales – The life and death of Lieutenant Colonel Lord Ninian Crichton Stuart MP’
In her talk Marietta stated that the Butes are one of the central families of Cardiff and Welsh history. They were political and business dynasty that dominated much of Southern Welsh life until the last 1940s. Over their centuries of inhabiting Cardiff and its surrounds many members of the Bute family became key figures in Welsh and political life. This story of the Butes, however, concentrates on one of these figures from just over a century ago. Last October on the centenary of his death, wreaths were laid at the statue of Lord Ninian Crichton Stuart in Gorsedd Gardens which now stands, largely hidden by trees and shrubs, overlooking the City he represented in Parliament and the Castle where he spent much of his childhood.
Killed at the Battle of Loos in October 1915, for many years his name was recognised in Cardiff due to Ninian Park football ground, but the man, the politician and soldier had largely been forgotten. This talk by Lord Ninian’s grand daughter, using private family papers and photographs, tells the story of the second son of the Third Marquess of Bute, his life and career – the nursing of the Cardiff parliamentary constituency, the two General Elections of 1910 and his time in the Commons which was to be cut short when he departed for the Western Front in October 1914.