The Robertson Trust


The Robertson Trust is the largest independent grant-making trust in Scotland and has a vision to improve the quality of life and realise the potential of people and communities in Scotland - inspired by the example of our founders, the Robertson Sisters.

We have identified four high level outcomes which we are working towards which will support us in achieving this. These are:

  • Improved outcomes for individuals and communities
  • Improved evidence base of what works and why in addressing challenges facing communities and individuals
  • Increased awareness and use of evidence to inform policy and practice
  • Improved capacity of third sector organisations to deliver impact to their beneficiaries

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About The Robertson Trust

The Robertson Trust was established in 1961 by the Robertson sisters Elspeth, Agnes and Ethel who donated the shares in the businesses, founded and developed by their grandfather and father, to the Trust for charitable purposes. The origins of these businesses, based in Glasgow, stretch back to the 1850's when William (W.A.) Robertson began business in the city. Keen to ensure their on-going success, the sisters brought them together under the Edrington Group (named after the farm near their home) and established The Robertson Trust.

Today, the Trust owns The Edrington Group, one of Scotland's largest private companies in the Scotch whisky industry. Its brands include: The Famous Grouse, The Macallan, Highland Park, Cutty Sark and Brugal rum.

When the sisters established the Trust, their purpose was to ensure that the family businesses remained active and independent, and to continue and extend the past support they had given to charities. They were among the first Trustees, serving for a combined total of 71 years, ensuring that the Trust operated along the principles, which they, their father and grandfather had employed in the family business, namely: honesty, integrity and willingness to help people in trouble or need.

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Documents for download

Annual Report and Accounts 2016