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Maclaurin Trust

Maclaurin Trust

In the 1970s Mrs Mary Ellen Maclaurin left money in her will for the building of an art gallery in Ayr or for the purchase of a suitable building for that purpose. It was to be called The Maclaurin Art Gallery in memory of her husband. Provision was also made for the purchase of exhibits. The money was used to convert the stable wing of Rozelle House into a contemporary exhibition space and a purchasing committee was set up. Over the years, the committee, advised by experts and supported financially by the Local Museum Purchase Fund, has built up one of the country's best collections of 20th century art, enhanced by donations from the Contemporary Art Society and individual artists.

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