Applications invited to Rothesay funds

Argyll and Bute Council is now inviting applications to two historic funds set up in Rothesay and now administered by the authority.

The Third Marquess of Bute’s Silver Wedding Dowry Fund was established in 1897 by the third Marquess, The Honourable John Patrick Crichton-Stuart, to mark his silver wedding anniversary.

The interest realised from the fund can be used as a ‘dowry’ for any girl resident in Rothesay who is married in December of any year.

The fund was originally administered by the provost and magistrates of the Burgh of Rothesay, but following local government reorganisation in 1975 and 1995 applications are now considered by the Bute and Cowal area committee of Argyll and Bute Council.

Another condition is that at the wedding of the successful applicant(s), a reading is given of verses 1-11 of chapter two of the Gospel according to St John - the story of Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding at Cana.

Applications should be made to Argyll and Bute Council, Eaglesham House, Mountpleasant Road, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 9HQ by Wednesday, November 7.

The council is also inviting applications to the Rothesay Provost’s Fund, instituted by Provost James McMillan OBE to commemorate the visit of King George V, Queen Mary and Princess Mary to Rothesay on July 11, 1920.

The fund was established to provide assistance to soldiers and sailors who served in the war in Europe from 1914 to 1919, or any wives and dependants of any soldiers and sailors who lost their lives in the said war.

Like the wedding dowry fund, the money is now administered by Argyll and Bute Council’s Bute and Cowal area committee, and benefits from the fund can be paid out to the deserving poor of the burgh of Rothesay.

Grants are paid out in December each year, and application forms should be returned to Customer Services, Argyll and Bute Council, Eaglesham House, Rothesay, Isle of Bute PA20 9HQ by Wednesday, November 7.

Application forms are available from Eaglesham House.