Scottish study boosted by £1m donation

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A couple have donated £1 million to the Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies, backing a new project to determine the influence of Scots around the world.

Alan and Anne McFarlane, two Edinburgh University graduates, are behind what is thought to be the largest private donation of its kind.

Mr McFarlane is an Edinburgh financier who studied history at the university.

The centre will open next year and is due to be headed by the influential Scottish historian Professor Tom Devine.

The vice-principal for development at Edinburgh University, Young P Dawkins III said: ‘The Scottish Centre for Diaspora Studies represents an exciting development for the university and is founded on one of the university’s key strengths, Scottish history.

‘It is wonderful news Alan and Anne have chosen to support the centre as well as extending their support for vital undergraduate bursaries.’

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