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Macaulay Rhodesia Trust, 1952-1961

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Macaulay Rhodesia Trust, 1952-1961

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  • Macaulay Rhodesia

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The MacAulay (Rhodesia) Trust Fund was set up under the terms of the will of the late Murdo Macaulay, a crofter’s son from Ness in Lewis, who emigrated to Rhodesia in his youth with no money but made a considerable fortune while there. When he died, he left his fortune to be used for the good of his native island and the trust was operated by Barclays Bank and local trustees administered the fund.
The money gave local Lewismen set themselves up in business if their proposals were approved by the trustees. The Trust also gave money for students and post graduate scholarships to do with crofting/agriculture and also apprenticeships, special grants and funding for a new village hall at Ness.
These records were found in the collection of James Shaw Grant who was editor of the Stornoway Gazette. He was chairman of the Trust.
The successful Outer Isles Fisheries Training Scheme was dependent on funds from the Trust.


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