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Merlin Scott

Merlin Scott

At the early age of six Merlin became interested in caterpillars and butterflies and in time he naturally gained an expertise in the plants on which these caterpillars fed.

By the time he was 20 he had seen nearly every species of British butterfly including one rare marsh fritillary in 1939 that had not been seen since 1864.

After this particular triumph, he left Oxford University while still an undergraduate to join up for military service on the outbreak of World War II. Tragically, he was killed in action on 9th May 1941 at the age of 22.

His father David Montagu Douglas Scott, who retired from the Foreign Office in 1947, spent the next forty years creating a remarkable garden in Northamptonshire.

He planted rare trees and shrubs from around the world. After David died his widow, Valerie Finnis, set up the Merlin Trust in memory of her husband and his only son.