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The governance arrangements are laid down in the Articles of Association adopted in 2019. (The new Articles replaced the precious Memoranda and Articles of Association and replaced the Governors with Trustees).

Honorary Patrons

  • His Majesty’s Secretary of State for Scotland
  • His Excellency, The High Commissioner, Republic of Botswana
  • His Excellency, The High Commissioner, Republic of Zimbabwe
  • His Excellency, The High Commissioner, Republic of Malawi
  • His Excellency, The High Commissioner, Republic of Zambia


  • Chair, Dr Isabel Bruce OBE
  • Vice-Chair, Dr Neil L Wilson, (David Livingstone’s Great Great Grandson)
  • Douglas Hay
  • Dr Yonah Matemba
  • Grant MacKenzie
  • Brian McCrindle
  • Miller McLean
  • The Lord Lieutenant of the County of Lanark, ex officio
  • The Provost, South Lanarkshire Council, ex officio
  • Dr Kate Simpson
  • Graeme Walker
  • Stewart Murdoch


  • Chairs Committee;
  • Audit and Risk Committee;
  • Finance and Resources Committee;
  • Audiences, Learning, Engagement and Collections Committee;
  • Nominations and Governance Committee.


  • Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons, Glasgow
  • Royal Scottish Geographical Society
  • Faith Community - including Church of Scotland, United Reformed Church, Scottish Episcopal Church, United Free Church of Scotland
  • Scotland Malawi Partnership

Trust Ambassadors

  • Sir Kenneth Calman
  • Andrew Smith

We are very grateful to our key funders the National Lottery Heritage Fund, Historic Environment Scotland and the Scottish Government for their support in helping us deliver the Birthplace Project.

National Lottery Heritage Fund
Scottish Government
Historic Environment Scotland
Note: Please note that David Livingstone Birthplace (and the David Livingstone Trust) is no longer part of National Trust Scotland (NTS). NTS members will therefore no longer receive discounted/free entry to the Birthplace Museum.

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