Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer (1906-1969) was an English aristocrat and author who wrote widely on the history of his native Norfolk as well as number of biographies. He was also a homosexual, a fact that was known only among his closest friends and relatives. He was an intensely private man, never open about his sexuality. It can be said that in his comportment Ketton-Cremer was the antithesis of a flamer. He was not involved with gay rights issues during his lifetime. In demeanor, he was described as a shy, modest, gentile man.
Ketton-Cremer was a descendant of the Wyndham family, who owned the Felbrigg Estate in Norfolk, and was regarded as “The Last Squire.” Upon his death in 1969, the bloodline died out, and with no heirs he bequeathed Felbrigg Hall, to the U.K. National Trust.
The National Trust is described by Wikipedia as a conservation organization with headquarters in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and boasts the largest membership of any organisation in the U.K. It aims to preserve, protect and make available (for visits by the general public) places of historic interest, both buildings and landscapes. Historically, it has focused on country houses, and it also looks after historic urban properties, areas of landscape and nature reserves.
Recently, elements within the National Trust have taken it upon themselves to declare 2017 as “exploring LGBTQ history year” through a program called “Pride and Prejudice.” As part of their program, they’ve hijacked the National Trust, telling workers they will be banned from meeting members of the public should they refuse to wear a rainbow lanyard throughout their 50th anniversary celebration of the legalization of homosexuality.
In addition to audacious directives to wear rainbow buttons at Ketton-Cremer’s old estate and elsewhere, this LGBTQ mafia has taken it upon itself to reveal and discuss details about the benefactor’s private sexual life for a marketing campaign to push a political and social agenda. The National Trust has also commissioned a film, “The Unfinished Portrait” narrated by Stephen Fry, that divulges his private life.
There are those who object. E C Coryton Saltash, from Cornwall wrote, “Wyndham, who was my godfather, was an intelligent, charming man who dedicated much of his life to Norfolk. He was discreet about his sexuality, and I can see no reason why the National Trust should not have respected this. It has betrayed his gift and his trust.”
In justifying this betrayal, Professor Richard Sandell of the University of Leicester, whose team was asked by the trust to research Mr. Wyndham Ketton-Cremer’s private life, admitted there were ethical issues of outing someone who had chosen to conceal his sexuality in his lifetime. But he said it was important to “talk openly.”
The professor remarked, “It is important to people today that we talk openly – just as we do about the personal lives of people who were heterosexual.”
No, The New Nationalist begs to differ. It’s not okay to dwell on the personal sexual life of whomever you damn well please — heterosexual or homosexual. How can you, Prof. Sandell, presume this is permissible? Based on what? Did you know Mr. Ketton-Cremer? Whatever happened to the old adage of “what we do in our bedroom is none of your business”?
This behavior of researching and revealing the private sexual life of a discrete, modest individual, who was generous enough to donate his estate to the National Trust is abhorrent. This is lowlife conduct that can only be properly labeled as faggotry. Shame on you, National Trust, for claiming some sort of sick ownership of the lives of your benefactors. Let Robert Wyndham Ketton-Cremer rest in peace.