The Earl of Cardigan’s two estranged children by his first wife, Rosamond, Countess of Cardigan, who died last year from cancer, aged 63, have been left a £1.5 million inheritance in her will.
Probate records reveal that Lady Cardigan left £1,520,582 before inheritance tax in a will drawn up four months before her death, reports a national newspaper.
She left everything to her son Tom Brudenell-Bruce, 30, who has the courtesy title Viscount Savernake, and daughter, Lady Catherine Brudenell-Bruce, 28, who is known as The Voice singer-songwriter Bo Bruce.
The Earl, David Brudenell-Bruce, of Savernake Lodge, revealed in a court case in January that he was impoverished and living on a jobseeker’s allowance, owns the family’s 4,500-acre ancestral Savernake Estate, on the edge of Marlborough.
“The children are still living at the house which their mother received as part of her divorce settlement and have virtually no contact with their 60-year-old father,” said the report.
“Leigh Hill House is on the ancient Savernake Forest estate, which has been owned by the Cardigan family for nearly 1,000 years.”
……..Marlborough News Online reported two court cases involving the Earl of Cardigan January 25 and January 30:
He has asked us to point out that Savernake Forest is not run by the Forestry Commission, who only have the timber rights. The farmland management, housing rentals, filming, shooting, deer stalking and public access rights are all retained by the Savernake Estate.
He adds that the Savernake Forest is not the largest privately-owned forest but only one in the UK, and that a photograph of Tottenham House, on the estate, which we published on January 25, was incorrectly captioned as running from the Grand Avenue. (MNO Note: the actual caption was “Tottenham House, centrepiece of the Savernake Estate“)