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About the Trust

Knockando Woolmill Trust

Knockando Woolmill Trust is a registered Scottish Charity No SC030167 set up in 2000. Its aims are rescuing and restoring the Woolmill to ensure its future survival and promoting and educating people about its unique heritage.

The Charitable Purposes are to preserve, conserve and develop Knockando Woolmill, Moray, including its historic textile plant and machinery, and its immediate surroundings and watercourses as a historic rural working woolmill, to preserve the traditional rural craft skills used in a rural woolmill by providing a training in those skills and by other appropriate means and specifically through:

• Promoting the heritage and historical significance of Knockando Woolmill

• Educating the general public about the heritage and historical significance of Knockando Woolmill

• Renovating and improving the existing mill buildings, textile plant and machinery, land and watercourses so that they may continue to function as a working rural woolmill and historical landmark

• The wholesale and retail sale of products manufactured at Knockando Woolmill and items incorporating products manufactured at Knockando Woolmill.

The Trust completed the restoration and preservation of the Woolmill in 2013. It will ensure its continuing function as a working textile Mill by on-going stewardship of the site, training a new generation of crafts people, educating the public about the heritage of the Mill through its visitor centre, education and outreach programmes.

The Knockando Woolmill Company Limited is the wholly owned subsidiary of the Knockando Woolmill Trust, and trades entirely in support of the Trust.

Although we have completed the main task of restoring the Woolmill and setting up a structure which will ensure its financial future, will still need help with fund raising for specific projects and improvements, and volunteers to help with some of our activities such as keeping the garden under control and helping with the education programme.

The Trust can be contacted through the office at Knockando Woolmill.

The Trustees

Nicola Irwin, Craigellachie

Graeme Stewart, Edinburgh (Secretary)

Michael Barron, Findhorn

Bob Stewart, Elgin

Fiona Widdowson, Forres

Louise Laing, Rothes

Tom Duff, Forres

Support the Trust


Do you have time to volunteer at the Woolmill? We have opportunities for you to help in areas such as our community garden and tour guiding. If you have any skills you would like to share with us or just want to offer your time, please contact us on 01340 810395 or email



If you'd like to make a donation to the Trust via PayPal, please click here.

You can also send us a cheque made out to Knockando Woolmill Trust.

Gift Aid Form  

If you would prefer to make a donation with a credit card, please call the office on 01340 810345.



Knockando Woolmill Trust is a charity registered in Scotland number SC030167. The Trust receives no regular public funding for its ongoing work and depends on income from visitors and donations to ensure the long-term future of this unique and fascinating site. If you enjoy visiting Knockando Woolmill, please consider leaving a gift in your Will.

No matter how small or large, any gift will make a significant difference to the Woolmill. Your gift can help to preserve the history of the Woolmill, ensuring the craft of the UK’s oldest surviving district woollen mill is preserved for generations to come. If you would like to discuss the best way your legacy can be used to help Knockando Woolmill, please contact our Chair at the address below or email

To make a gift in your Will, please state that either a specific amount, or percentage of your estate, should be given to Knockando Woolmill Trust, Scottish charity no. SC030167, and sent to Knockando Woolmill Trust, The Woolmill, Knockando, Aberlour, AB38 7RP, UK. We are extremely grateful for your support.


Knockando Woolmill Trust AGM

One of the intentions of the Woolmill Trust when it was set up was to garner support form the local community to allow the wider community to feel a sense of participation in the project.

The Trustees of the Woolmill would welcome enquiries from those wishing to become Members of the Trust. A fee of £1 annually would be charged for membership, and with membership would come voting rights at the AGM.

Those wishing to join as Members would be showing their willingness to become involved with the Trust in its efforts to keep the Knockando Woolmill, its machinery and environment as a flourishing historical and manufacturing site for future generations.

Please click here to read the minutes from the last AGM (Monday 19 November 2018).

Our Patrons

Bishop Hugh Gilbert, OSB, Bishop of Aberdeen

Angus Pelham Burn, long term supporter

Clare Russell, Lord-Lieutenant of Banffshire

Ian Urquhart, Chairman of Johnstons of Elgin

Our Supporters

Knockando Woolmill Trust is grateful to the following individuals and organisations for their support:


The Heritage Lottery Fund

European Regional Development Fund

Historic Scotland Highlands & Islands Enterprise

The Moray Council

The Architectural Heritage Fund

Keep Scotland Beautiful

Scottish Natural Heritage

The Alan Evans Memorial Trust

The Christina Mary Hendrie Trust

The Gannochy Trust

The MacRobert Trust

The PF Trust

The Pilgrim Trust

The Radcliffe Trust

The Robertson Trust

The Russell Trust

The Welsh Family Trust

The Dulverton Trust

Walkers of Aberlour

The Worshipful Company of Weavers

Paul’s Hill Windfarm Community Fund

The Community Economic Development Programme

The Clothmill Trust

Lord Laidlaw of Rothiemay

Miss E Bremner

Mr A Pelham Burn


The Trustees also thank the many individuals who continue to contribute financially to the future of the Woolmill.

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