Stanford Montgomery was a rail baron who built his fortune in the late 19th century. In the 1880s, he came to live in River City, which was, at the time, a relatively young town. He sponsored a number of public works projects like the Poole Observatory, and founded local businesses like the Montgomery Hotel. He moved the entire Montgomery Castle from Scotland to be his own private estate.
Stanford was a man who valued power and wealth above all else, and was not afraid to use underhanded tactics to get what he wanted. He was also a man with a strong sense of entitlement, and believed that he was above the laws and customs of the common people. Used to getting his way, he was not accustomed to hearing "no" for an answer. Many people said he moved an entire Scottish castle to River City as a sign of his wealth and power, and also as a reminder of his ancestors and heritage.