Obituary: Patrick Gordon-Duff-Pennington, shepherd and Deputy Lieutenant for Cumbria

Patrick Thomas Gordon-Duff-Pennington, shepherd. Born: January 12, 1930. Died: January 9, 2021, aged 90.

Patrick Gordon-Duff-Pennington and one of his sheepdogs
Patrick Gordon-Duff-Pennington and one of his sheepdogs

Patrick Gordon-Duff-Pennington, aka “Patrick of the Hills” who has died aged 90 was the booming voice of Muncaster Castle in the Western Lake District and the hard-working hill farmers of Scotland and Cumbria for many years.

Patrick was a brilliant communicator who could talk to anyone and bring a smile to their faces. He loved to be controversial and would say the most outrageous statements with such a charming twinkle in his eye and his tongue firmly in his cheek that most recipients thought he was joking. Usually, he was deadly serious. An amazing memory and fierce determination were gifts from his mother and his education mainly taught him that “diplomacy is the art of telling plain truths without giving offence”.