History

The Holywood Trust is a charitable grant giving organisation which takes its name from the Parish of Holywood on the outskirts of Dumfries. It was founded in 1979 and endowed by Sir John Keswick of Portrack and his daughter, Maggie Keswick Jencks.

Sir John Keswick was Chairman of Jardine Matheson Limited from 1952 to 1956, and he and his family spent much of their life between China and Portrack. Sir John and Maggie also established a charitable organisation in Hong Kong – The Keswick Foundation www.keswickfoundation.org.uk

The Holywood Trust became operational in 1981 with the aim of supporting young people throughout Dumfries and Galloway. Following the death of her father in 1982, Maggie Keswick Jencks continued her father’s commitment to the Trust, and its work supporting local young people. Maggie sadly died in 1995 of cancer. However, she brought inspiration to many, and her legacy lives on, particularly through the Maggie Cancer Caring Centres which she founded with her husband, Charles Jencks, and the wonderful gardens she designed with Charles at Portrack.