The Duart Appeal is a non-profit campaign to raise matching funds to, in cooperation with the Historic Scotland Foundation, preserve Duart Castle, the 13th century home of the Clan Maclean on the Isle of Mull.
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100% of net donation proceeds are being directed as contributions to the Duart Castle Appeal.
All U.S. tax-deductible donations on this site are contributed through Clan Maclean Assoc.-CA, a non-profit 501(c)(3) corporation supporting Scottish Cultural outreach.
Donate online using the link below or via check as described below:
Please make donations via check payable to Clan Maclean Assoc. CA and write Duart Appeal Fund in the Memo Line.
Mail Check Donations To:
Clan Maclean Assoc. CA
417 Mace Blvd, Suite J #251
Davis, CA 95618
In an effort to recognize donors, the Chief has introduced Donor Recognition Levels.
All donations are important to restoring the Castle and there is special recognition for those donors who contribute at specific levels in GBP as outlined below.
DONOR RECOGNITION LEVELS
- Guardians: Donors who contribute £200 GBP ($263 USD) & above will receive a unique Duart Castle Guardian badge (pin) and certificate.
- Life Guardians: Donors who contribute £1,000 GBP ($1,313 USD) & above will receive a Duart Castle Guardian badge, certificate, signed photograph of myself standing in front of the Castle and be granted lifetime access free of charge to the public areas of the Castle during opening hours.
- Patrons: Donors who contribute £5,000 GBP ($6,567 USD) & above will receive all of the recognition of Life Guardians and a Clan Maclean Crest.
- Chief's Circle: Donors who contribute £25,000 GBP ($32,833 USD) & above will receive all of the recognition of Life Guardians and an engraved Quaich. Chief’s Circle donors can have their names inscribed in stone and Patrons and Life Guardians can have their names written into registers held in the Castle for public viewing.
In the future, when descendants of these donors visit Duart and see the names on display, they will feel great pride in their ancestors who adopted the spirit of Sir Fitzroy Maclean, the 26th Chief, who said in 1912 that he “restored Duart for my family, the Clan”.
When a donor gives more than one donation, these amounts will be progressively aggregated over time for the purposes of determining the upgraded donor category and associated benefit.
The Duart Appeal
PLEASE HELP TO SAVE DUART CASTLE - AN APPEAL FROM THE CHIEF OF THE CLAN MACLEAN
At the Clan Congress on Mull in June 2012, I told the Macleans present that my family could no longer afford the repairs that we had undertaken at the Castle in the previous 100 years. I asked them if they would help with the repairs that we needed to do to make the Castle watertight.
Macleans attending the Clan Congress on Mull in 2012 unanimously decided to help me with the repairs to Duart Castle to make it watertight. I am very pleased to report that the Appeal, launched in 2014, has raised or had pledged £465,000 by the end of May 2018. I am overwhelmed and very grateful for this support.
The unanimous response of those present was that they wanted to help. I am therefore launching this appeal to both Macleans and members of the public who are interested in saving Duart for future generations.
The Keep at Duart was built in 1360 when Lachlan Lubanach, the 5th Chief, married Mary Macdonald, the daughter of the Lord of the Isles. She brought Duart as her dowry. Lachlan built the Keep and the north-west part of the site. The other two wings were added in the 16th and 17th centuries.
My family lost the Castle in the late 17th century when the Earl of Argyll took the Castle and our lands to pay off the family’s debts. In 1911 my great-grandfather, Sir Fitzroy Maclean, the 26th Chief, bought back the Castle and in the period up to the First World War restored it to the building you see today.
Duart remains one of the few original clan seats that has survived as the home of the Chief and his family while also being open to the public.
Water is coming into the house through the joints between the stones, where the mortar has been washed away. The main source of concern at Duart is the water penetration into the Castle. In the winter of 2013-14 we lost four ceilings, which were brought down by water penetration through the chimneys.
The pictures show some of the major areas of water penetration that we are trying to stop. The situation has now become so bad that some of the pictures and items on display are being affected by water.
Since 2014 the first four phases of the restoration at a cost of £1.01 million have been completed. Historic Environment Scotland contributed approximately £470,000 to this work, while the Appeal and my family each provided £270,000.
Phases 5, 6 & 7 have been planned at an estimated cost of £1 million. Historic Environment Scotland is to contribute approximately £400,000 with the expectation that this work will be completed by the end of April 2021. To achieve this end the Appeal is to raise a further £390,000 by the end of 2020 and the family will contribute £50,000.
Although at the moment there are insufficient funds available to complete all of Phase 5 in 2018/9, Phase 5A is proceeding at a cost of £180,000. The scope of this work may be expanded as additional funds are raised during the year.
Once the Appeal has raised its target of £390,000, £2 million will have been invested in the restoration of Duart Castle with the Appeal having contributed a total of £855,000.
If you are concerned about Duart and its long-term future, both for the Clan and for Scotland, then I ask if you would please make a contribution to the appeal.
I thank you in advance for any help that you can provide.
The Hon. Sir Lachlan Maclean of Duart and Morvern, Bt, CVO 28th Chief of the Clan MacleanDONATE ONLINE by clicking [here].
ABOUT DUART CASTLE
Duart Castle, Isle of Mull, Scotland
THE CASTLE & ITS HISTORY
HELP PRESERVE DUART CASTLE