Hamish Clark plays Duncan
There are bound to be tears when Duncan finally leaves Glenbogle,
but no-one is more emotional about it than Hamish Clark himself.
In fact his eyes begin to well up even as the hugely popular actor
just talks about saying goodbye to his loveable alter-ego.
"Will I miss the wee lad? Of course I'll miss him. It makes me sad
and I could cry now just thinking about it. Easily. I'll miss everything
"I mean, could you imagine a better, more fun job? Spending six
years staying the same age - which is much younger than you really are
- wearing a kilt and a leather jacket, getting to be the hero running
around all over the place, getting all the laughs and being
cute?" enthuses Hamish.
"Duncan's charming, he's vulnerable, he's honest and he's a cute wee
spirit and that's why everyone likes him. It's going to be a wrench
not doing that anymore, but to keep it you've got to give it away and
in order for Duncan to stay alive for me, I need to move on.
"If I stayed there and got too old that wouldn't be good for Duncan,
that wouldn't be honouring him."
Duncan's ultimate decision to leave Glenbogle doesn't come about because
he's fallen out of love with the place. Far from it.
Instead he's tapping into hidden talents and strengths and realises
that in order to pursue his dreams he'll have to leave the home he loves.
"Duncan is happy, he loves Jess and he loves it in Glenbogle, but he
also realises there is a potential in him that needs to be explored.
"Luckily, he has a chance encounter with a former school teacher
and she nudges him in the right direction," explains Hamish.
"Obviously when he's weighing up his future and worrying about the
affect it'll have on Jess, it makes his heart rise and sink all at the
"It's a difficult decision, of course it is. But Jess is very
clever, loving and understanding, and supports his decision. She wants
the best for Duncan.
"Things get a bit sad and awkward, but it doesn't damage their
relationship. She knows he has to do it for himself."
But the way Hamish tells it, leaving Monarch for him was even more
traumatic than leaving Glenbogle is for Duncan.
He says: "It was difficult because we had a party, then the producers
gave Dawn and I a leaving meal, then there was a cast dinner, then you
have to film the leaving scenes all out of sequence and then there is
your last day of filming. So that is at least half a dozen instances
"It was a bit pummelling and on top of that you find yourself going,
'That's the last time I'll be driving down the driveway, that's the
last time I'll buy sausages in the village shop'.
"So by the time it comes to actually go you are kind of ready
for it. You just have to think of it as a new chapter in your life beginning.
"The worst for me was shooting a really special scene where Duncan
says goodbye to Golly - that was so hard.
"The acting was difficult. Because it wasn't just Duncan saying
goodbye to Golly, it was me saying goodbye to Sandy.
"We got through it but it was hard. As soon as they said, 'Cut',
I burst out crying."
However, Duncan will always be with the London-based star wherever
he goes: "They are giving me the kilt and the leather jacket and the
sporran. And I definitely want them because they are Duncan.
"I was going to buy an old wooden dressmaker's dummy for them
as those clothes are also part of my own history. But then I thought
I would just look like a complete a**e having my own costume on a model
in my front room."