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The Knockando Woolmill Trust is a registered Scottish Charity which was set up in 2000 in order to rescue the unique and historic site. The aim of the Trust is to promote and educate people about its unique heritage and to ensure the Woolmill survives the next 200 years.






An aerial view of the Mill - December 2019

Trust AGM





(Registered Number: SC364588)
(Scottish Charity Number: SC030167)

(the "Trust")

Notice is hereby given that the annual general meeting of the Trust will be held over Zoom on Monday 15 February 2021 at 11.00 a.m. to consider the business below.

Business to be considered at the Meeting

  1. The report by the Chairman on the activities of the Trust.
  2. The fixing of annual subscription of the Trust at nil.
  3. The report of the independent financial examiner of the Trust.
  4. The approval of the annual accounts of the Trust for the year ended 31 March 2020.
  5. The appointment of the independent financial examiner of the Trust.

By order of the Board.

“M.J. Barron”

31 October 2019

Registered Office:

The Woolmills
AB38 7RP

Note:   A member entitled to attend and vote is entitled to appoint a proxy to attend and vote instead of him or her. A proxy need not be a member of the Trust. If anyone is interested in attending could they please email to be included in the Zoom meeting.

Knockando Woolmill Trust

Knockando Woolmill Trust is a registered Scottish Charity No SC030167 set up in 2000 with the aim of rescuing and restoring the Woolmill to ensure its future survival. The aim was achieved when the Mill was reopened by HRH the Duke of Rothesay in 2012. The Trust continues to hold responsibility for the future survival of the Mill.

The Charitable Purposes of the Trust are to preserve, conserve and develop Knockando Woolmill, including its historic textile plant and machinery, and its immediate surroundings and watercourses as a historic rural working woolmill by providing a training in those skills and by other appropriate means 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 Knockando Woolmill Company Limited is the wholly owned subsidiary of the Knockando Woolmill Trust, and trades entirely in support of the Trust.

Although The Trust has completed the main task of restoring the Woolmill and setting up a structure to ensure its financial future, help will be required 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

Tom Duff, Forres

Derek Ross, Moray Council

Support the Trust

One of the intentions of the Woolmill Trust when it was set up was to garner support from the community of Moray, engendering a sense of local participation in the survival of an important part of the industrial history of the North East of Scotland.

The Trustees of the Woolmill would welcome enquiries from those within the Knockando Community and from further afield wishing to support the Woolmill by volunteering to work at the Woolmill from time to time (gardeners are always welcome), by donating financially to the work of the Trust or by otherwise supporting the Trust. Further information on these options can be found below.


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


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.

Our Patrons

Bishop Hugh Gilbert, OSB, Bishop of Aberdeen

Angus Pelham Burn, long term supporter

Clare Russell, former Lord-Lieutenant of Banffshire

Ian Urquhart, previous Chairman, 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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