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The George Crombie Trust is a Scottish Charity (Registered Number SCO15407).

The Trust was established in 1949 by Mrs Johanna Jane Lindsay Mitchell or Crombie, the sister-in-law of the late George Thompson Crombie, a descendant of the family who founded the famous Crombie Woollen Mills of Aberdeen.

The Trust was established to assist ‘ladies of gentle birth of or past middle age who have only a small income in which to find accommodation’. In 1949 Mrs Crombie purchased the first property owned by the Trust at 49 Queens Road Aberdeen. This property was subdivided into individual flats, all of bed-sit style accommodation.

Over the following years the Trust purchased with the funds made available to it by George Crombie and Mrs Crombie, further properties in Rubislaw Terrace, Forest Road and Fonthill Road, Aberdeen. Each of these properties was developed into individual bed-sit style flats/rooms within which beneficiaries of the Trust were offered accommodation.

The Trust charge a modest rent to all its beneficiaries in respect of the accommodation provided. Due to the requirement to modernise the properties and in order to comply with statutory requirements and regulations, the Trust undertook a sale of its original properties and the purchase of purpose-built retirement flats.

At present the Trust owns a number of flats within the Retirement Development built by McCarthy & Stone at Whinhill Gate Aberdeen. The properties were built in about 1998/9 to the highest standard. Each flat comprises a living room, separate bedroom, kitchen and bathroom and the residents have access to a residents’ lounge, laundry and the garden amenity areas.

In addition to the ability to provide properties within the flats owned by the Trust, any surplus revenue generated by the Trust will be distributed by way of financial grants to individuals who apply to the Trust and demonstrate a particular need. Qualifications for both the accommodation offered by the Trust and financial assistance is dependent upon an individual’s financial circumstances.

Due to recent changes in the Trust Policy, the Trust is now able to consider applications from men and married couples, as well as individual ladies.  The Trust is also able to offer support and donations to other charitable organisations.  Full disclosure of financial circumstances is required to ensure that the Trust meets its charitable objectives.  The Trustees review the qualification requirements for applicants on a regular basis to ensure that the Trust meets its objectives and provides the widest possible benefit within the community.

George Thompson Crombie

George Thompson Crombie


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