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Legacy from whisky boss boosts local groups

By SPP Reporter

A CLUTCH of local groups is set to benefit from money left by the late David Urquhart.

David Urquhart's legacy has boosted a raft of local groups
David Urquhart's legacy has boosted a raft of local groups

Mr Urquhart, retired director from Gordon McPhail which own the Benromach Distillery, died last year following a long battle with cancer.

As well as leaving some money in support of various cancer charities, he has left various sums to organisations around the Forres, Kinloss and Findhorn area.

“He thought long and hard about how he wanted to do this,” said widow Sheila, speaking last week, “He was a passionate and very generous man who always thought of others.

“In this way, his memory lives on.”

Although Mr Urquhart’s family are reluctant to put a sum on the amount that has been left to the groups, the Gazette believes that his generous bequest is equal to tens of thousands of pounds, which will help boost the local community and help organisations which offer support to people suffering with cancer, and their families.

Groups set to benefit include the Forres Heritage Trust, Findhorn Heritage Centre, Findhorn Village Conservation Company; Kinloss Abbey, Findhorn Church and Forres in Bloom. He has also left a three year legacy to the Piping at Forres event that he helped establish.

Mr Urquhart also chose to support Clan and Roxburgh House, Aberdeen, as well as local branches of MacMillan and Marie Curie and the Royal Marsden at Sutton, where he received treatment.

Mrs Urquhart also revealed that her husband, who was an honorary member of the Rotary Club of Forres, left a substantial amount to establish a bursary fund to support young people working in needy projects in struggling overseas countries.

“He wanted to ensure that the local community would benefit after his death,” said Mrs Urquhart.

Meanwhile, a spokesman from the Kinloss Abbey Trust said that, the money left by Mr Urquhart thought to be around £10,000 has enabled vital works to go ahead to consolidate part of the ancient building.

“This means that Moray Council can go ahead with the emergency repairs to the Abbot’s House at Kinloss Abbey,” said trustee chair Kirsteen Mitcalfe. “It is a wonderful fillip to the future of this building, which is not only an important visitor attraction but also amongst the oldest buildings in Moray.”She added: “This essential work has been made possible thanks to the generosity of David Urquhart who left a substantial legacy to the Kinloss Abbey Trust.”

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