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About the Foundation

The Finnis Scott Foundation was established under the Will of Lady Montagu Douglas Scott (Valerie Finnis) in 2006.

The Trustees can make grants for any charitable purpose, but their present policy is to focus grant-making in the areas of horticulture and plant sciences, as well as art history and the enhancement, conservation and preservation of art. By doing so, they acknowledge the two enduring preoccupations – art collecting and gardening - of Sir David Montagu Douglas Scott, K.C.M.G., O.B.E., (1887-1986) and his wife, Valerie Finnis V.M.H. (1924-2006).


Sir David Scott was a career diplomat, whose serious hobbies were collecting British pictures, and gardening. In the course of a long life (he died when he was 99) he became one of the most highly-regarded of all twentieth century private British collectors, concentrating on Victorian narrative pictures and 20th century art, both abstract and representational.

He retired from the Foreign Office in 1947, and spent his long retirement at the Dower House, one wing of Boughton House in Northamptonshire, which belonged to his cousin, the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry. Here he created a beautiful tree and shrub garden with the aid of his first wife, Dorothy. After her death and his marriage to the well-known alpine gardener and garden photographer, Valerie Finnis, he developed it into one of the most highly-regarded ‘plantsman’s gardens’ in the country. David Scott died in 1986, and left his collection of pictures to Valerie. On her death, in 2006, it was her wish that the collection be sold and the proceeds used for charitable purposes. The picture collection was sold by Sotheby’s in London on 19th November, 2008.


We can give grants up to £10,000

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Contact Us

For more information about The Finnis Scott Foundation, please email: amoon@hcrlaw.com

or telephone +44 (0)1604 233233

The Trustees meet on a quarterly basis. The next meeting is on: 

18th October 2021 – cut off date is 10th September 2021

Please note the latest time applications will be accepted is 4pm on the cut-off date.


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