Peter Houison Craufurd, 28th Laird of Craufurdland Castle, and Washer of The Sovereign’s Hands, has died at the age of 82. For years he has awaited the pleasure of Her Majesty with a with a silver ewer, bowl and salver holding a linen towel on permanent standby. Dirty job, but someone had to do it.
“We used to have to write to Buckingham Palace to offer to wash the monarch’s hands every time they were in residence at the Palace of Holyroodhouse,” said Houison Craufurd.
The eldest son in the family line has held the position at court ever since one of his ancestors saved James V from a pair of murderous thugs. In gratitude the family was given a farm on the condition that his family always be ready with water and towels to wash the hands of the monarch.
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