Silver Wedding Dowry Fund

Third Marquess of Bute's Silver Wedding Dowry Fund

Dating back to the 19th century the Silver Wedding Dowry Fund celebrates the 25th anniversary of the Third Marquess of Bute and is available to brides marrying in December.

In 1897 the Marquess of Bute established a Wedding Dowry Fund to mark the occasion of his Silver Wedding Anniversary. The interest realised from the fund was to be used as a ‘Dowry’ for any girl resident in Rothesay being married in December of any year. The fund was to be administered by the Provost and Magistrates of the Burgh of Rothesay and prospective applications had to be lodged before the December meeting of the Town Council. Argyll and Bute Council is now responsible for the administration of the Fund and applications are considered, in the first instance, by Bute and Cowal Area Committee following the timetable and original conditions.

To apply for the fund, please download the application form below, and email it back to

Applicants will also need to provide the name of a local Councillor who can be contacted to countersign the application.

If you are unable to complete this application form electronically please contact the Committee Manager, Stuart McLean, on 01436 658717

Please note - this fund closed for applications for 2021 on 15th November 2021.