Our history

Founded almost 60 years ago by the Robertson sisters, we continue to build on their vision and legacy. Discover more about our story.

"I want everyone to feel special and valued and they will see what they can aspire to."

The Robertson Trust was established in 1961 by the Robertson sisters – Elspeth, Agnes and Ethel – who donated their shares in the family businesses, founded and developed 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.

Over our 60 years, we have sought to build on the Robertson sisters’ legacy, and will continue to do so over the next decade by focusing on helping to improve the lives of people experiencing poverty, trauma or both in Scotland.

More about our history

See Charles MacLean's book about the history of The Robertson Trust.