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£1,900,970 Historic Scotland Building Repair Grants to benefit 8 sites in Scotland

21 August 2012

Eight sites in Scotland are set to receive building repair grants totalling £1,900,970 from Historic Scotland.

They sites are: Campbeltown Picture House, believed to be Scotland’s earliest continually working cinema, Tomintoul Croft in Braemar, a rare surviving 19th century croft cottage, with a remarkably intact historic interior including  box beds in the roof space, the early 15th century Sauchie Tower in Alloa, built by the Governor of Stirling Castle, Paisley Town Hall, Kelburn Castle, Largs Cowane’s Hospital in Stirling, Caithness Row in New Lanark and the early 18th century Semple Park Cascades in  Renfrewshire, unique of its type in Scotland.

Fiona Hyslop, Cabinet Secretary for Culture and External Affairs said:  “Scotland has a wealth of fascinating buildings and architecture and it is vital that we preserve these iconic buildings which help regenerate areas and communities.

“These grants not only help to breathe new fabric into the heart of the community and preserve our sense of history and heritage but also assist in attracting visitors, which in turns boosts Scotland’s economy.”

For information:

Campbeltown Picture House will receive £449,674
Media contact:

Mrs Jane Mayo
Campbeltown Community Business
High Askomil
PA 28 6 EN

Tel: 01586 552101

Sauchie Tower will receive £278,448
Media contact:

Miss Susan Mills
Clackmannanshire Heritage Trust
c/o Greenfield House
Tullibody Road
FK10 1AD

Tel: 01259 452082

Tomintoul Croft will receive £23,522
Media Contact:

Calum Innes
Newton Street

Tel: 07909 978 643

Paisley Town Hall will receive £248,785
Media contact:

Mr Joe Lynch
Head of Property Services
Renfrewshire House
Cotton Street

Tel: 0141 842 5612

Semple Park Cascades will receive £48,439
Media contact

Dr Kate Cuthbert
Renfrewshire House
Cotton Street
PA11 1LL

Tel: 0141 618 7840

Kelburn Castle will receive £250,000
Media contact:

Lord Glasgow
Kelburn Castle
North Ayrshire

Tel: 01475 568685

Cowane’s Hospital will receive £296,997
Media contact:

Hazel Barton
Cowan’s Hospital Maintenance Trust
49 St John’s Street

Tel: 01786 4722247

New Lanark will receive £305,105)
Media contact:

Lorna Davidson
New Lanark Trust
New Lanark Mills Town
South Lanarkshire
ML11 9DB

Tel: 01555 661345

Notes for editors:

  • Historic Scotland is an executive agency of the Scottish Government charged with ensuring that our historic environment provides a strong foundation for a successful future for Scotland. The agency is fully accountable to Scottish Ministers and through them to the Scottish Parliament.

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  • The Year of Creative Scotland began on January 1, 2012 and will spotlight and celebrate Scotland’s cultural and creative strengths on a world stage. Through a dynamic and exciting year-long programme of activity celebrating our world-class events, festivals, culture and heritage, the year puts Scotland’s culture and creativity in the international spotlight with a focus on cultural tourism and developing the events industry and creative sector in Scotland. More information about the programme can be found at:

  • The Year of Creative Scotland is a Scottish Government initiative led in partnership by EventScotland, VisitScotland, Creative Scotland and VOCAL. More information and resources to help businesses engage with Year of Creative Scotland are available at

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For further information

Jennifer Johnston-Watt
Communications and Media Officer
Communications and Media
0131 668 8070 or 07827 956 866