The MacRobert Trust is one of the University of Aberdeen's most valued and long-standing supporters. The generosity of the MacRobert family and the Trust have made an exceptional impact on the development of the University and the legacy of their generosity can be seen across campus today. The information below further illustrates the enduring bond between the two organisations.
The MacRobert Trust as it exists today was established in 2001 through the amalgamation of a number of separate trusts established by Lady Rachel Workman MacRobert (1884 - 1954). Much of Lady MacRobert's philanthropic giving was motivated by the death of all three of her sons in aeroplane crashes over the space of just three years. Her eldest Alasdair was killed in a civil flying accident in 1938 and both Roderic and Iain laid down their lives in action during WWII.
Her husband Sir Alexander MacRobert's (1854 - 1922) charitable legacy originated in India where he made his fortune after rising from humble beginnings in Aberdeen - his first job aged 12 was as a floor sweeper at Stoneywood Papermill. Building on this generous legacy Lady MacRobert established a range of trusts to reflect the interests of her late husband.
The family's tremendous support of the University, which continues to this day through the Trust, began in 1906 with a considerable donation of £25,000 to the Medical School for the endowment of the Georgina McRobert Fellowship* which was established in memory of his 1st wife who died of cancer in 1905. When he was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws (LLD) by the University in 1912, the citation recalled his generosity: "The Fellowship which he has founded in this university for the investigation of the cause, prevention and treatment of cancer is a notable addition to the equipment of our medical school..."
Many exceptionally generous donations have been given since then with more recent support including two donations towards our iconic Sir Duncan Rice Library.
The University is extremely grateful to the MacRobert Trust for its ongoing support of our local and global ambitions.
For more information about the MacRobert Trust, please visit www.themacroberttrust.org.uk.
*Sir Alexander changed the family name to MacRobert on being awarded his baronetcy in 1922.