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MICHAEL THORNTON: I lost my virginity to the dazzling Duchess of Argyll – now I must defend her


People say that you never forget the place where you lost your virginity. And as the romantic blue-grey chlorite walls and conical turrets of Inveraray Castle appeared on my TV this week, my mind swung back to the scorching summer day in 1958 when, as a 17-year-old, I had my first and rather shocking encounter with the opposite sex.

The castle, ancestral Scottish stronghold of the Dukes of Argyll, is the setting for the BBC’s A Very British Scandal, purporting to be a factual account of the marathon Argyll divorce battle of the 1960s, in which the 11th Duke of Argyll divorced his devastatingly beautiful third wife, Margaret.

On that summer day, I was in Scotland during the long vacation from my school in Brighton, standing in the street in the small Argyllshire town of Oban, when I first met the legendary beauty.

Michael Thornton with Margaret Duchess of Argyll 1968

Michael Thornton with Margaret Duchess of Argyll 1968

My companion, the society photographer Brodrick Haldane, suddenly called out ‘Margaret!’ to an elegantly…



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