Heritage

  • In the spring of 1560, James Crichton of Clunie was born in Perthshire, Scotland. An unusually gifted prodigy, he was a fine horseman, swordsman, singer, musician and orator. He spoke 12 languages fluently and was the first man to be known as The Admirable Crichton.

    With all these gifts, he was employed in Venice, as the tutor to the son of the Duke of Mantua. A great lover of beautiful Italian women, he was involved in a dual over a ravishing Venetian princess and on the 3rd July 1582 he was killed - he was just 22, his talents lost forever.

    A tribute to this extraordinary young man can be found in the centre of St Andrews where he went to university. Similarly, many of our waiting staff are students at this ancient seat of learning and as we work there every year, they often have their photograph taken beside Crichton's blue plaque.

    No other Admirable Crichton existed until in 1903, when Sir James Barrie Bt. another Scot and the author of Peter Pan, penned a play called The Admirable Crichton. His hero was based on the Chevalier Crichton of old, except that this time the super capable man was a butler.

    He and his employers were shipwrecked on a desert island and it was to Crichton that the family all turned to solve their problems.
  • Inventive and talented, he cooked delicious food, erected a glamorous shelter, managed to salvage fine wine and brandy from the wreck, and even decorated their dining table with beautiful tropical flowers plucked from the islands plants and arranged in the pale pink conch shells he found lying on the beach.

    His talents and skills were well rewarded and he became an ever more valued member of the family and so....... some 80 years later, when two Scots, Rolline Frewen (a sculptress) and Johnny Roxburgh (a chartered accountant) started what was to become The World's leading Catering and Party Planning businesses, they thought that all the qualities displayed by both Admirable Crichtons truly epitomized their own philosophy for Entertaining Luxury.

    Over the last 30 years, nothing has been impossible, no idea too outlandish, no dish too complicated to create, and supported by an incredible team of talented and dedicated staff, the AC, as it is universally known, has reached unparalleled heights across the world.

    Over the years we have had the privilege of working for many members of the Royal Family and in 2002 we were honoured to be awarded a Royal Warrant to HRH The Prince of Wales. Once quoted as saying that 'they don't do fine - only amazing, creative, spectacular and incredible', the AC has created a Heritage of wonderful parties, generous and loyal clients and a bank of international memories over more than three decades.

    We hope that you will share in that past as you look at the visual feast of our website and with our innovative, cutting edge approach to the next thirty years, allow us to create ever more glamorous parties and delicious food, which will become the future Heritage of The Admirable Crichton.