Robert Bruce Lockhart

It is 100 years since the Russian Revolution, and a vivid eye witness account was written by the flamboyant British Consul General , Robert Bruce Lockhart, who was born in Anstruther in 1887.  In 1918 Lockhart was accused of plotting to assassinate Lenin, and sentenced to death, but was exchanged for Maxim Litvinov, the Soviet representative in Britain, and permanently expelled from Russia. There is a commemorative plaque on Waid Academy where his father was headmaster. However that is the extent of his connection to the town. In his biography he writes “The truth is I remember nothing of Anstruther …I left when I was ten months old . Until this year I have never revisited it ” This was written in 1937, when he was 50 years old.

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