About the Trust

Knockando Woolmill Trust is a registered Scottish Charity No SC030167 set up in 2000. Its aims are rescuing the Woolmill to ensure its future survival and promoting and educating people about its unique heritage. 

The Charitable Purposes are to preserve, conserve and develop Knockando Woolmill, Moray and its immediate surroundings and watercourses and, without prejudice to the foregoing generality, specifically through:

(a) promoting the heritage and historical significance of Knockando Woolmill;

(b) educating the general public about the heritage and historical significance of Knockando Woolmill; and

(c) renovating and improving the existing mill buildings, land and watercourses so that they may continue to function as a historical landmark.

The Trust completed the restoration and preservation of the Woolmill in 2013. It will ensure its continuing function as a working textile Mill by on-going stewardship of the site, training a new generation of crafts people, educating the public about the heritage of the Mill through its visitor centre, education and outreach programmes. 

The Trust’s wholly-owned trading arm, Knockando Woolmill Company Limited is responsible for running the site and all activities therein.

Although we have completed the main task of restoring the Woolmill and setting up a structure which will ensure its financial future, will still need help with fund raising for specific projects and improvements, and volunteers to help with some of our activities such as keeping the garden under control and helping with the education programme.

Anybody residing in Moray can become a member of the Trust. If you live outwith Moray you can become an associated member.

If you would like to support the Trust for the longer term, you can become a Friend of the Woolmill.

The Trustees are: 

Nicola Irwin, Craigellachie
Graeme Stewart, Edinburgh (Secretary)
Barbara O'Brien, Craigellachie
Andrew Wright, Forres
Bob Stewart, Elgin
Jim Royan, 
Fiona Widdowson, Forres
Our Patrons are:
Bishop Hugh Gilbert, OSB, Bishop of Aberdeen

Angus Pelham Burn, long term supporter

Clare Russell, Lord-Lieutenant of Banffshire

Ian Urquhart, Chairman of Johnstons

We are very grateful for the unstinting support of numerous people from the public sector, private individuals and those volunteers willing to get their hands dirty.

The Trustees are also grateful to the continuing support from Hugh Jones, the last weaver at Knockando Woolmill and from the Trustees of the Knockando Estate.

Read the full Conservation Plan.