Council invites Rothesay funds applications

ARGYLL and Bute Council is inviting applications to two funds open to residents of the Burgh of Rothesay.

The first is the third Marquess of Bute’s silver wedding dowry fund, which was set up to provide a one-off payment to a bride, or brides, living in the burgh due to be married in December.

A further condition of the fund is that a Bible reading from chapter 2 of John’s Gospel, telling of Jesus turning water into wine at a wedding at Cana, be read during the ceremony; in recent years this duty has been carried out by one of the council’s three Bute members.

The council is also inviting applications to the Rothesay Provost’s Fund, instituted by a former provost of Rothesay Town Council, James McMillan OBE, to commemorate a royal visit to Rothesay in July 1920.

The Provost’s Fund was originally established to provide assistance to local soldiers and sailors who served in the First World War, and to the families of those from the town who did not return from the conflict.

Today the fund is administered by Argyll and Bute Council’s Bute and Cowal area committee, and benefits can be paid from the fund to “the deserving poor of the Burgh of Rothesay”.

Applications to both funds should be made to Argyll and Bute Council, Eaglesham House, Mountpleasant Road, Rothesay, Isle of Bute; the closing date for both is Friday, November 25.