Arundel Castle in Sussex, begun in the 11th century and notably modernised in the 19th and early 20th centuries by his uncle the 15th Duke (who introduced electricity and central heating), was his home.There he was surrounded by the portraits of Thomas Howard, the third Duke, by Holbein, Bernard the 12th Duke by Gainsborough and three of the great Van Dycks – to name but a few pictures in one of the great art collections of Europe.Cruising in public places has been part of gay life for centuries.Men of all different kinds, including many that you might never meet on the gay scene, converge at cruising spots – and all with the same aim in mind.Nobody alive is more qualified to pass such an opinion than Mahon.One of Perth's criteria was that, if a portrait clearly belonged in Britain, it should be retained in Britain.
Somewhat to the dismay of his distinguished diplomat father, the young David Drummond, having read History at Trinity College, Cambridge, and passed the Foreign Office exam, opted to go into the City to make money – with the specific object of restoring one of the Drummond ancestral family homes, which went back into the mists of time. At the age of 27 he married Nancy Fincke of the Wall Street banking family.
David Perth had an abundance of aristocratic charm, gravitas and savoir-faire.
As chairman designate of one of the most successful merchant banks of the era, Schroder's, he understood investment and development. He was good at human relations with many different kinds and colours of people.
His wife, Angela, née Constable-Maxwell, younger daughter of the 11th Lord Herries of Terregles, opted as was common in those days to accompany her husband rather than bring up her son.
So David was placed out rather like a medieval pageboy with another aristocratic family – that of his aunt the Duchess of Norfolk.