The musical Lady Arbuthnott

See the musical "Lady Arbuthnott" about Sunndals uncrowned queen. Barbara Arbuthnott is the lady from the Scottish aristocracy who came to Sunndal on her honeymoon in 1866, and fell in love with the valley and settled here.

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Sunndals uncrowned queen

Barbara Arbuthnottis the Lady of the Scottish aristocracy who came to Sunndal on honeymoon in 1866, who fell in love with the valley and settled there. She lived there until her death in 1904 - in love and sorrow, wealth and poverty.

Stig Nilsson - who wrote the libretto for the musical "Lady Arbuthnott - Frua on Elverhøy", said this about Barbara: "For me the story of Lady Arbuthnott ist the story of the woman who lost everything."

Barbara was legendary in his own lifetime, and made the culture and lifestyle of the Victorian times part of Sunndals local history. In the vernacular, she was eventually titled as "Sunndals uncrowned queen".

Barbara is buried in Løykja in Sunndal, along with her son James. Her houses and cottages still stands. In other words, there is a close history - which the people from Sunndal feels a strong ownership to.