Robertson Trust

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The Robertson sisters established The Robertson Trust, a charitable trust, in May 1961.[1] Elspeth, Agnes, and Ethel had inherited from their father William the controlling interest in Robertson & Baxter and Clyde Bonding Company. The business was renamed Edrington after a farm next to their estate in the Scottish Borders. Today the Edrington Group is wholly owned by the Trust. The Trust gave a record £7.4 million to charitable causes last year.


In 1995 the editor of the journal Alcohol and Alcoholism, whose parent body the UK Medical Council on Alcoholism is subsidised by the Robertson Trust, resigned over alleged editorial interference. Reports claim that the editor in question felt that he was under pressure to "reduce the number of articles dealing with the harmful effects of alcohol",[2] making his professional position untenable.



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  1. The Robertson Trust
  2. Barbor et. al. Addiction (1996) 91(1), 5-9 EDITORIAL: Science and the drinks industry: cause for concern accessed 1st June 2009
  3. The Robertson Trust Our Team accesed 1st June 2009
  4. The Robertson Trust Our Team accesed 1st June 2009