For Americans who love Scotland, The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA is the best way to actively support the preservation of the country’s rich cultural and natural treasures and to ensure their existence for future generations.
As Scotland’s largest conservation charity and third-largest landowner, the National Trust for Scotland cares for 129 properties of national and international significance, ranging from islands and mountain ranges to battlefields, castles, and even a tenement house. It costs the Trust $75 each minute simply to maintain the significant natural and built resources under its care. The Trust’s commitment to preventative conservation means that timely interventions are executed before severe—and much costlier—problems arise.
The National Trust for Scotland Foundation USA partners with the Trust in this responsible approach by annually promoting a range of projects in Scotland for the consideration of donors from across the United States. The Trustees of the Foundation are honored to give you the opportunity to join with them by making a tax-effective investment in one of the following urgent initiatives.
Conserve the Kennedy’s full-length Coronation Robes believed to have belonged to the 4th Marquis of Aisla and worn at the state opening of Parliament. Also in poor condition are a set of Peer’s Robes which require similar conservation work.
Sandstone tracery on the Hoolity Ha’, an exquisite Gothic-style gate lodge, has weathered and eroded extensively. Repair work by Culzean stonemasons will not only maintain this historic building, but will provide important training opportunities to the Trust’s apprentice stonemasons.
Fyvie, a splendid example of Scottish Baronial architecture, is unique in the number, variety, and significance of its stone decorative elements. NTS will undertake a high-level inspection and repair program to prevent further damage or deterioration to the stonework.
The three largest paintings in Frederick Bower Sharp’s collection, currently hanging at Hill of Tarvit, are in urgent need of treatment. Cleaning and rehanging the paintings will also provide an important opportunity to clean the house’s cupola and survey the stairwell cornice.
To commemorate 200 years since architect Alexander “Greek” Thomson’s birth, NTS seeks to update Holmwood's permanent exhibition interpretation to enhance the visitor experience and bring the story of Holmwood, its architects, and its residents to life.
NTS would like to introduce an aspen tree nursery at Inverewe to propagate West Highland aspen from both root stock and seed. On-site interpretation will provide visitors with an overview of the importance of the Trust’s environmental conservation work.
The beautifully conserved Moirlanich Longhouse home and byre offers unique insight into rural life in late 19th-century and early 20th-century Scotland. Digital interpretation development will enable the Trust to share the history of this property more widely.
The Trust is planning an oral history project that will consist of recorded interviews with people who have a living connection to Newhailes. These will play on the Trust’s website and on-site at Newhailes starting in 2018.