Our History

Please note that The Robertson Trust has published its new Giving Strategy. This sets out the priorities we will have when awarding funds through our open grants programme. The existing application form and guidelines can still be used until July 31st. In line with our existing procedures, we will aim to assess and present all applications received by this date to our September Board meeting. In the event that we are unable to do so, your application may be held until our November meeting. In such cases a member of staff will contact you and provide any assistance required to realign your application with the new Giving Strategy. Find out all you need to know here.

The Robertson Trust was established in 1961 by the Robertson sisters Elspeth, Agnes and Ethel who donated the shares in their businesses, founded and developed by their grandfather and father, to the Trust for charitable purposes.

The Robertson Trust was established in 1961 by the Robertson sisters Elspeth, Agnes and Ethel, who donated their shares in the family businesses, built up by their grandfather and father, to the Trust for charitable purposes.

The sisters were among the first Trustees, serving for a combined total of 71 years and ensuring the Trust upheld the principles at the heart of the family: honesty, integrity and a willingness to help
people in need.

The family business now operates as the global company Edrington – one of Scotland’s largest private
companies and owner of several well-known whisky brands. The sisters’ generosity enables the Trust to use the dividends from its controlling shareholding in Edrington for the benefit of Scotland’s people and communities.