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Leighton Library, Dunblane

Scotland's oldest purpose-built library founded on collection of Robert Leighton

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"

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 £172,650

Miss Geraldine Goddard bequest £100,000
J Malcolm Allan
Western Ferries (Clyde) Ltd
Clackmannanshire & Stirling Environmental Trust£7,500
HR Creswick's Charitable Trust
Mrs Geraldine Kirkpatrick's Charitable Trust
Miss Willimina Walpole Bequest
Stafford Trust
Dunblane Windfarm
The Pilgrim Trust
Local Fundraising
PayPal donations
The Dalrymple Donaldson Fund
Just Giving£1470
The Tay Charitable Trust£2000
The Swire Charitable Trust£10,000

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