Great Steward of Scotland's Dumfries House Trust
The Charitable Foundation saves Dumfries House and supports heritage-led regeneration projects in East Ayrshire
The Prince of Wales through the Charitable Foundation and in partnership with a consortium of charities and heritage bodies provided funding to purchase Dumfries House in East Ayrshire, saving for the Nation, the house, its unique contents and wider estate.
Dumfries House was built between 1754 and 1759 for the 5th Earl of Dumfries, and with an unrivalled collection of Chippendale furniture, Dumfries House has been described as an 18th Century time-capsule, as the principal rooms and their contents have remained virtually unchanged for more than 250 years.
Since the purchase, Dumfries House has been restored and a number of projects have been developed to reinvigorate the surrounding area and create a lasting legacy for many years to come. These heritage-led regeneration projects include, among others, apprenticeships in skilled crafts and labour such as animal husbandry, stone masonry, and sustainable organic farming.