Mackinnon Macneill Trust

Scottish Charity Number – SC006104
Opening at 09:00 on Monday
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University Scholarships:
The TRUST is able to offer annually to young people, male or female, a number of SCHOLARSHIPS of up to £2,500, which will be awarded to students who demonstrate the academic potential to succeed in their chosen field and who will benefit most from financial assistance.

Educational Grants:
The TRUST may also consider GRANTS for projects with a relevant technical or technological emphasis; loans, with or without interest, for educational purposes; and prizes for projects, essays or competitions with a technical or technological bias.

Special Scholarships:
The Mackinnon Macneill Trust is proud to offer special SCHOLARSHIPS jointly with other trusts specialising in similar areas, i.e. for students embarking upon STEM courses and/or those with close family links to the West of Scotland, e.g. JCMF and the Applecross Trust.


Shortly before his death in 1893 Sir William Mackinnon, Bart., of Loup and Balinakill, and his nephew Mr. Duncan Macneill, determined to establish a scheme to assist the education of deserving highland lads and now lasses too.

The original trustees allowed this Mackinnon Macneill Fund to accumulate for a number of years before founding a residential school – the Kintyre Technical School - in Southend near Campbeltown in 1915.

The school was open to boys from the Counties of Argyll and Inverness, from Bute and Arran and from the Western Islands and Highlands. Free places were awarded to 12 year olds who had passed the primary school qualifying examination for entry to a 3 year course with an emphasis on engineering and agriculture.

A disastrous fire in 1924 completely destroyed the school but within one year the trustees had purchased the mansion and grounds of Helenslee House in Dumbarton and Keil School opened in 1925.

As the years passed, the school opened its doors to girls, to younger pupils, to pupils from abroad and to day pupils. The trustees, still led by a member of the Mackinnon family, continued to offer generous bursary and scholarship awards until the year 2000 when Keil School closed.  

Once again the trustees were required to find a new direction. The eventual sale of the land and property in 2004 provided the funds to allow the trustees to again offer assistance in the education of deserving young people.

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