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Leighton Library, Dunblane

Scotland's oldest purpose-built library founded in 1687

Leighton Library Restoration

If you'd like to donate to the Leighton Library Restoration Appeal please click on this link to the Leighton Library Restoration Appeal JustGiving page


A message from Richard Deacon CBE, Turner Prize Winning Sculptor

"The Leighton Library is a little jewel, vitally important in the history of Scottish learning and, as the first purpose-built library in Scotland, a marker for the public spread of knowledge. Humble on the outside, it is rather like Dr Who's Tardis with riches within, enabling travel in time and space. It would be a tragedy for it not to be maintained"


Restoration Work has begun! 

Local masonry firm Gillies and Farrell Masonry Ltd have been contracted to undertake the external fabric repairs. 

The Cartouche was carefully removed by Graciela Ainsworth Sculpture Conservation during the last week of October. It has gone to their workshop in Edinburgh for assessment prior to conservation.

Extensive scaffolding was erected in January 2023 to start work on the outside. The work will include removing the existing modern cement based harling from all four walls, rebuilding the north chimney and repairing the bulging wall underneath it, repairing the south chimney, repairing the slate roof with matching old Scots tiles sourced locally, restoring the missing crowsteps on the south gable and generally repairing stone work, doors and windows. The cement harling will be replaced with lime based material, which will allow the building to 'breathe'. The modern harling is waterproof, but when cracked over time, it traps moisture in the stone.

We anticipate work to be completed by November 2023.

What do we need the money for?

The building is as important as the books -it was built to house them in 1687 and it now needs repair to the fabric:

  • Replace the cement based harling and replace with breathable lime harl
  • Take down and repair the marble cartouche
  • Repair the roof, leadwork and rainwater system
  • Repair the stonework, windows and doors
  • Restore the Undercroft to become a visitor/exhibition/performance space
  • It is estimated the repair costs will be around £500,000


Donations gratefully received to date:   Total £447,052





Historic Environment Scotland£188,000
Miss Geraldine Goddard bequest £100,000
J Malcolm Allan
Western Ferries (Clyde) Ltd
Clackmannanshire & Stirling Environmental Trust£22,500
HR Creswick's Charitable Trust
Mrs Geraldine Kirkpatrick's Charitable Trust
Miss Willimina Walpole Bequest
Stafford Trust
Dunblane Windfarm
Pilgrim Trust
Local Fundraising
PayPal donations
The Dalrymple Donaldson Fund
Just Giving£2,260
The Tay Charitable Trust£2,000
The Swire Charitable Trust£10,000
The Barrack Charitable Trust£1,250
Other donations£10,500
Binks Trust£2,000
The Dunclay Charitable Trust £1,000
The Aurelius Charitable Trust£2,000
The Turtleton Charitable Trust£20,000

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☕🍵 Coffee Morning on Saturday 2 March in support of Dunblane's historic Leighton Library

Added by Leighton Library at 22:24 on 07 February 2024

☕🍵 Coffee Morning in support of Dunblane's historic Leighton Library on Saturday 2 March 10am - 12 noon in Dunblane Cathedral Hall. Come and enjoy refreshments, buy raffle tickets, home baking, j...
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