About Us

The Mary Salmond Trust was set up in 2007 by the former First Minister Alex Salmond in memory of his mother Mary Salmond.

Mary loved life. She and her husband Robert had 4 Children and 5 grandchildren. Mary enlisted in the WRENS during the war, worked in London during the Blitz and then in Plymouth, showing films to naval personnel.

Mary particularly enjoyed outdoor pursuits including activities with the Guides and walking with the Ramblers. She started climbing Munros at the age of 65 and bagged more than 170. She led many walks and was honorary president of the Linlithgow Ramblers for 17 years.

Mary’s family was very important to her. She always provided a listening ear and helping hand to anyone in need. She learned to use a computer later in life and she enthusiastically embraced the new technology which she used in her genealogy research and to keep in touch with friends and relatives across the world.

Mary Salmond died suddenly in May 2003 whilst walking with her local walking group, Linlithgow Ramblers, near Glenmore in the Highlands. She was 81 years old and had led a full, varied and active life.