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Sir Robert Hunter (1844–1913) is one of three figures, Octavia Hill & Canon Hardwicke Rawnsley being the other two, regarded as the principal founders of the National Trust in 1913. It was he who came up with the idea for the organization, paved the way for its legal creation and served as its first Chairman.

If Hill was the inspiration for the Trust, with Rawnsley as its chief advocate, then Hunter was its inventor, the puppeteer pulling strings to make it all happen. The Trust simply would not have been created without Hunter’s vision and foresight.

Hunter’s death aged 69 in 1913 was a tragic loss. A century later we remember the many achievements of this ‘faithful servant of the people’.