The Earl Of Errol

Posted: March 8th, 2018 under Vinyl.

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Although possessing one of Scotland’s most distinguished titles, the earls, by this time, had no wealth, and had to develop careers to earn their living. Hay and his wife moved to Kenya in 1924, financing the move with Idina’s money. The Happy Valley set were a group of elite, colonial expatriates who became notorious for drug use, drinking, adultery and promiscuity, amongst other things. On a visit to England in 1934, Lord Erroll joined Oswald Mosley’s British Union of Fascists and on his return to Kenya a year later, became president of the Convention of Associations. On 13 October 1939, Lady Erroll died. At the Muthaiga Country Club in 1940, Lord Erroll met, and subsequently had an affair with, Lady Diana Broughton, the wife of Sir Jock Delves Broughton, Bt. Delves Broughton learned of the affair and after spending a night with Lady Delves Broughton, Lord Erroll was found shot dead in his Buick at a crossroads on the Nairobi-Ngong road on 24 January 1941.

Sir Jock was accused of the murder, arrested on 10 March and stood trial from 26 May. Lord Erroll was buried in the graveyard of St Paul’s Church, Kiambu, Kenya next to his second wife. Broughton confessed his guilt even before he was arrested. The incident inspired James Fox’s 1982 investigative book White Mischief, which was adapted into the 1988 film of the same title by Michael Radford. The case feature in the documentary Altitude, Alcohol and Adultery, directed by Vanni Ocieppo, and first broadcast on BBC1 on 4 June 1993.