The Glencoe Heritage Trust receives no grant or public funding, and unlike other organisations, relies solely on donations, to maintain and care for the land.
When the Glencoe Heritage Trust land was purchased in 2002, a host of fundraising activities took place, starting with a tea day which raised £600. This was followed by the re-instatement of the traditional Halloween party, which was attended by 50 children, and raised £100. Fundraising activities have continued with some memorable occasions such as The Scots Guards Pipe Band who visited the village in support of the GHT appeal and raised £600, the founding member of the GHT being an ex-Scots Guardsman, the following year, an invitation from the Dundee & Angus branch of the Scots Guards Association was received and accepted, to attend their annual dinner in Forfar, the event raised £220, with a further donation of £500 from a single donor towards the appeal.
Following the 2009 gathering of McDonalds' who originated from Glencoe it was agreed by Dave Littrell, and Jared Koester, both musicians from IIinois, USA, to hold a ceilidh in their hometown, to support the GHT appeal. A great evening resulted in the guys raising $1700 dollars, and with an addition from Clan Donald Foundation, USA, the total amount was $2,000 dollars, this was a tremendous boost to the Glencoe appeal.
In July 2012, the Can-Am. Pipe band came to Glencoe village to entertain the local residents. Around 250 people turned up to hear the sounds of 40 pipers and 20 drummers who had travelled from as far afield as Alberta,Ontario, Manitoba, Florida, and New York. GHT directors, George Grant and Ros MacDonald, with David Doogan, from Glencoe, had organised the day's event, and despite poor weather, the crowd were entertained to a host of scottish tunes, played with great enthusiasm.
The trust decided to hold a Flower Show in the village hall, and the inaugural Glencoe & District Flower Show took place raising £600 towards the appeal. This has now become an annual event, and provides a facility for the community.
A Photographic Exhibition was held for two days, and created a wide interest over a large area, notably MP, Charles Kennedy, with his family, also The Glencoe Primary school pupils viewed pictures from the past, which is part of the local heritage. The event raised £600.
Alexander McDonald, son of the GHT founder, spent months in all weathers, recording the gravestone inscriptions on Eilean Munde, the burial island, with the publication of ‘Tombstone Inscriptions on Eilean Munde, the Burial Isle’, with all sales going towards the appeal.
Calendars of pictures of ‘Old Glencoe’ were sold in 2008 & 2009 which raised much needed revenue.
Clan Henderson members visited Glencoe in 2009, and held a ceilidh in the village hall, a collection of £100 was raised for the GHT.
A cookbook, which was the idea of the late Kathie M Shepherd, from Punxsutawney, PA, USA finally, came to fruition, in December 2009, with the publication; ‘A Taste of Glencoe’ The 50-page book has recipes from Glencoe, USA & Speyside, with some stunning old pictures of the area. Stocks have come to an end and a re-print is a possibility.
Due to the Pandemic, physical events have had to be curtailed and donations have come in the form of direct donations from followers of the Trust since it was formed in 2002.
We are pleased to report that the final outstanding amount of the £105,000 debt was paid off in late 2019. However as you can see from Our Work the Trust still needs regular donations to pay for the ongoing running costs and funding for future restoration projects.
Please visit How to Help – we are always pleased to discuss new ideas and the way forward with the Trust.