Locations visited by Monty Don

Broughty Ferry


Broughty Ferry, where Monty meets a distant cousin, Ann Brown, as he researches the story of William Keiller, is located on the River Tay. You'll find a visitor's guide here.

Dundee City Archives

21 City Square

01382 434494

The City Archives hold official records relating to the history of Dundee, together with a wide range of historical papers deposited by local businesses, trade unions, voluntary organisations and others.

The Keiller archive is held here, making it an appropriate place for Monty to meet Bill Matthew, an expert on the history of the family and the confectionary company that bore their name. Members of the public visiting in person should either email or telephone the office in advance to make an appointment.

The National Archives of Scotland

H M General Register House
2 Princes Street

0131 535 1314

Based in central Edinburgh, the National Archives of Scotland (NAS) holds a very wide range of records for the family historian, including government, court church and private archives. You can learn more about using the archives for research here.

The ScotlandsPeople Centre shares the same address. The centre provides access to the digitised records of the General Register Office for Scotland, the wills and testaments held by NAS, and the coats of arms from the Public Register of all Arms and Bearings in Scotland that's maintained by the Court of the Lord Lyon. Further information is available here.

 In Edinburgh, Monty Don researched his Keiller forebears. In scenes that didn't make the final show, he also used the archives of the Erskines, Earls of Mar, to research his father's ancestors, the Erskines of Gogar, a family intimately connected to the young King James VI in the 1560s.

Moelfre Lifeboat Station

LL72 8LG 

01248 410367

The Moelfre Lifeboat Station has a rich history dating back to the Victorian era. Subject to operational requirements, you can go inside and look around the station throughout the year (please contact the station beforehand regarding Christmas and New Year's Day). It's here that Monty Don learns about the sinking of the Royal Charter in 1859.

St Saviour's Church, Nottingham

Wellham Road
DN22 6TN 

01777 704222

St Saviour's, the church where Monty's great-great grandfather, Rev Charles Hodge, was once rector, was built in 1828.

Manuscripts and Special Collections, The University of Nottingham

Kings Meadow Campus
Lenton Lane

0115 951 4565

Manuscripts and Special Collections, part of information services at the University of Nottingham, holds extensive archive and printed collections, including material relating to the East Midlands, ecclesiastical court history, and family and estate collections. It’s here that Monty Don sees papers relating to his great-great grandfather, Rev Charles Hodge. Click here for more information on visiting the reading room.  

Weston Patrick


The village of Weston Patrick, where Monty's great-grandfather built a family home, is close to Basingstoke. You can learn more about the village's history here.

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