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CodeNA11272
Dates1931-
Person NameNational Trust for Scotland for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty; 1931-
ActivityThe National Trust for Scotland was set up by the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, which had been founded in 1926 with the aim of protecting and promoting Scotland's natural and cultural heritage. The NTS was established in 1931, following the pattern of the National Trust in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, and almost immediately acquired its first property, Crookston Castle near Paisley. In order to pursue its aims of ‘promoting the preservation of lands, buildings, places and articles of national architectural, artistic, antiquarian, or historic interest, or lands of natural beauty along with their animal and plant life’ it required a certain legal status which it achieved in 1935, when parliament recognised it as a non-governmental body with charitable status, with the rights to own land and with statutory authority. It is run by a President, Vice-Presidents (one of the first was Sir John Stirling Maxwell of Pollok, the owner of Crookston Castle), and a council of up to 100 members. The range of properties now includes island nature reserves, the burgh of Culross, historic battlefields, mountains, tower houses, castles and stately homes. Amongst the most notable are perhaps Culzean Castle, Culloden Moor, and the Georgian Charlotte Square properties in central Edinburgh where the Trust’s headquarters are now situated. Reciprocal links are still maintained with the National Trust south of the border: members of one can enjoy certain privileges at properties belonging to the other.
Corporate NameNational Trust for Scotland for Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty
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