In June 1936

Emperor Haile Selassie of Abyssinia

, The Lion of Judah, visited Lord Inverclyde at Castle Wemyss, together with his sons The Crown Prince and The Duke of Harar. He made quite a figure dressed in a lawn cloak, grey trousers, brown suede shoes and wearing a bowler hat. He planted a maple tree at the castle to commemorate his visit and returned to Castle Wemyss about a year later, remaining there throughout the war until his country had been liberated from the Italians -