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Collection GD9 - Macaulay Rhodesia Trust

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Reference code

GB3002 GD9


Macaulay Rhodesia Trust


  • 1952-1961 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1 folder

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Name of creator

Macaulay Rhodesia Trust, 1952-1961 (1952-1961)

Administrative history

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.

Archival history

The collection was held within the James Shaw Grant collection which was held by the Shaw Grant family, then Gaelic publishers Acair then Stornoway Library.

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Content and structure area

Scope and content

Minutes 1956-1961; correspondence 1953-1961

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


No further items are expected to be added to this collection.

System of arrangement

Arranged within series. Within series, records are arranged chronologically.

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Conditions governing access

These records are closed until 2086.

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Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Paper records

Finding aids

Digital and paper item level catalogue available in the searchroom of Tasglann nan Eilean Siar.

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