After a long battle, a care worker has inherited a 1,536-acre National Trust estate after a DNA test proved that he was the rightful heir.
John Adlard Rogers, 31, has inherited the Penrose National Trust estate, one of Britain’s finest estates, having been able to finally prove that he was – as he had claimed for many years – the illegitimate son of the previous owner, Charles Rogers.
Charles Rogers was the last in a long line of aristocratic owners who had owned the estate for generations. While Jordan had suspected that Mr Rogers was his father since the age of 8, his requests for a DNA test had always been denied. However, only when Mr Rogers died due to health reasons involving drug use in August 2018 at the age of 62, Jordan was finally able to get the DNA test carried out to prove that he was indeed the rightful heir.
Jordan, who has struggled to make ends meet on his salary as a care worker for many years, has now moved into the large house which is between Porthleven and Helston in Cornwall. The Rogers family gave the property to the National Trust in 1974 in return for a 1,000-year lease so they could continue to live there.
The family’s Trust generates income by renting land to local farmers and by investing in stocks and shares. This produces a substantial income for the tenant of Penrose, which means Jordan no longer needs to work. Jordan, who has recently become a father for the first time, has already installed an outside gym and bought a Mercedes C63. In a Facebook post, Jordan showed a photo of his brand new home saying that it had been, ‘a hard three months of fighting for what is truly mine.’ He also added: ‘I’m sure there will be lots family barbecues in the future I also have a tennis court.’
Despite his new-found wealth, Jordan claims that he would give it up if he could have been closer to his father and helped him to turn his life away from the drug abuse which ultimately led to his death. Mr Rogers had battled with drug addiction for several years, and in the months before his death was neglecting to take care of himself in terms of both hygiene and nutrition. An inquest heard that he was sleeping in his car, rather than his Grade II listed home, which is where he died due to drug intoxication.
Speaking about what may have led to his issues with substance abuse, Jordan said: ‘There was always a pressure of him trying to match expectation. His brother was an RAF pilot and his dad a lieutenant commander in the Royal Navy, so he had big shoes to fill.’
‘Charles served in the Army in Northern Ireland, and I think this affected him greatly along with the death of his brother Nigel from cancer who he was very close to.’
Jordan added: ‘People say I’m lucky, but I would trade anything to be able to go back and for Charles to know I was his son. Maybe then he might have taken a different path.’
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