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Lord Egerton

In colonial Kenya, a story is told about Lord Egerton who built a magnificent 52-room castle for the love of his life. Little is known about the lady who is believed to be of Austrian origin but she is the reason a castle still stands at the heart of Nakuru County, Kenya.

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Born to a noble family in 1870, Maurice Tatton was the sole heir of Alan de Tatton and Lady Anna Louisa Taylor. Maurice later succeeded his father as the fourth Baron of Egerton then later moved to Kenya where he bought 21,116 acres of land from Lord Delamere.

Lord Egerton while in the Navy.

Lord Egerton while in the Navy.

Construction of the castle took 16 years to complete but he came through a cold reality that the purpose for which it was built had fizzled out. The love of his life had turned him down sending a clear message that he wasn't worthy of her companionship. She claimed the house was “no better than a dog’s kennel.” She left a devastated Lord Egerton and soon got married to another British lord in Australia.

Read more at https://afktravel.com/63049/lord-egerton-castle-legacy-of-unrequited-love/

Lady X dismissed this cottage which Egerton used to live calling it a ‘bird’s nest’. This prompted Egerton to build the bigger castle which was once again dismissed as "dog's Kernel".

Lady X dismissed this cottage which Egerton used to live calling it a ‘bird’s nest’. This prompted Egerton to build the bigger castle which was once again dismissed as "dog's Kernel".

Castle (left), first cottage (right).

Castle (left), first cottage (right).

He developed a passionate hate towards women, vowed to never marry and pinned notes on tree girths and branches warning women that they risked soaking bullets if they made it anywhere close to his property.

He died a lonely, unloved man but still remains a legend to many.

Read more at: https://www.standardmedia.co.ke/business/article/2000065063/lord-s-castle-of-love-and-hate

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We were looking for a lonely, reflective, quiet and almost still mood to resonate with Lord Egerton's last years of his life when he had fully immersed himself in farming and assumed everyone else. In the face of death lies a vast property behind him with no children or next of kin to inherit him. Time is running out and so does the candle light behind him, he reflects back his own life, and an array of light penetrating through the windows signals an imminent eternal life. His nobility, wealth and respectable social status about to be summarised in one sentence; He Died A Lonely, Unloved Man.

You can watch a short BTS Video below or on Youtube: https://youtu.be/F40uq9s2tpc

Special Thanks to all the production team;

Peter Pekat- Producer

Kate Waititu (Kanai Beauties) - Makeup Artist

Beata Otieno (Ojwa Styling)- Stylist

Murayan -BTS Video

Nick Mitalo- Assistant/Set Designer

The Undisputed Man- Outfit

Ian Kola - Styling Assistant

Isaac- Driver 

''The eternal quest of the individual human being is to shatter his loneliness''- Norman Cousins

Text By; Patrick Kamau