The Aberdeen Endowments Trust collection includes the records of the Trust and several predecessor charities: the Aberdeen Educational Trust, Aberdeen Female Orphan Asylum, the Boys' and Girls' Hospital, Dr. Brown's School, Chalmers' Girls School, Davidson's Endowment Fund, the Hospital for Orphans and Destitute Female Children, the McRa Trust, Shaw's Hospital, Ross's School and Thain's Charity School. There are also records from the following organisations associated with the Trust or its predecessors: the Poor's Hospital and Robert Gordon's College.
Details about the collection are included in our Online Catalogue, and some background information about the organisations and indexes for the records are provided below. Please note that although the majority of records are held at Old Aberdeen House, the records of the Boys' and Girls' Hospitals and the Poor's' Hospital are at the Town House.
Aberdeen Educational Trust and Aberdeen Endowments Trust
The Aberdeen Educational Trust was formed in 1889 under the terms of the Educational Endowments (Scotland) Act, 1882, in a scheme of administration of 1888. The scheme amalgamated the following older Aberdeen charities into the Educational Trust (see below).
The Educational Trust, formed to administer these charities, had the power to grant bursaries, provide free school books, conduct the Boy's and Girls' Hospital School (where 305 children were provided with three free meals on five days each week and the most needy of these were provided with clothes and boots or shoes) and conduct a Girls' Home and School of Domestic Economy at 352 King Street. The Trust was also to administer the endowments set out in Man's Mortification.
The Aberdeen Endowments Trust (AET) was formed by the 1909 Robert Gordon's Technical College and Aberdeen Endowments Trust Order Confirmation Act. This passed to the AET the functions and estates of its predecessor, the Aberdeen Educational Trust, as well as some of the properties and functions of Robert Gordon's College. The School of Domestic Economy was passed to Robert Gordon's Technical College.
Records for the Trusts comprise:
- AET/1 Records of the Governance of the Trusts
- AET/2 Records of the administration of the Trusts
- AET/3 Financial records of the Trusts
- AET/4 Records relating to the properties owned by the Trusts
- AET/5 Records relating to the management of the Trusts' estates
- AET/6 Records of the administration of the Trusts' foundations, bursaries and scholarships
As well as containing information about the beneficiaries of the Trust and its predecessor charities' work, the collection includes material about the tenants on the Trust's estates.
The funds for the Trust's work came in part from estates located in the north east of Scotland, and inherited from the predecessor charities or Robert Gordon's College or purchased by the Trust. The estates are: Barrack and Crichie; Dumbreck and Orchardtown; Elrick and Annochie; Haremoss; Muchalls; and Towie-Barclay.
Please note that material in the AET collection 50 years old or less require permission from the Trustees or the City Archivist before consultation, and other material is covered by the provisions of the Data Protection Act.