Tuesday, 5 July 2011

Sir Iain Noble's estate worth £4.7m

The late Sir Iain Noble, the merchant banker who devoted many years of his life to championing the Gaelic language, left an estate worth more than £4.7m, according to his recently published will.

Noble, who died aged 75 on Christmas Day last year, owned the 25,000 acre Eilean Iarmain estate on Skye and founded Sabhal Mor Ostaig, the Gaelic college on the island that is his real legacy.

Sir Iain's will shows the Skye lands and his Eilean Iarmain hotel were worth £2.5m at the time of his death, more than half of the £4,738,373 of his will.

His will shows he also had household contents and goods worth £200,000, and
more than £1 million in bank accounts and stocks and shares.

Sir Iain left the bulk of his estate to his wife Lady Lucilla. Bequests of
£10,000 were left to the endowment trust of Sabhal Mor Ostaig and the Skye Trust.

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