The Lion of Egerton Castle is a play set in Kenya. It explores
social and political issues in the colonial and postcolonial
periods in Kenya and delves into a popular rumour that Lord Egerton
built 'Egerton Castle' for a woman who jilted him because she
likened the castle to a pigeon's coop. Lord Maurice Egerton
(1874-1958) was the Fourth Baron Egerton of Tatton Park in
Cheshire, England. He first came to Kenya in the early 1920s and
built Egerton Castle between 1930 and 1940. He settled permanently
in Kenya and died at his castle on 30th January 1958 without an
heir. He was a close friend of Lord Delamere, also a settler
aristocrat from Cheshire. Both settlers owned thousands of acres of
land in Kenya and ran joint business ventures. Prof. Elizabeth
Orchardson-Mazrui is the author of The Seasons of the Jacarandas:
An Anthology of Stories Set in Kenya.
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