ALTHOUGH the Rev Dr Andrew Bell died in 1832, his legacy lives on through Bell’s Nautical Trust, which donates around £15,000 a year in support of maritime education in Scotland.

Dr Bell was born in St Andrews and during his life he enjoyed business success in India that enabled him to found Madras College with a £60,000 bequest which is the equivalent of over £5m in today’s money. He also left £10,000 to each of Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leith, Inverness and Aberdeen Colleges for educational purposes and a further £10,000 to the Royal Navy School. He must have been considered a worthy individual to have been buried in Westminster Abbey.

It is from this generosity that Bell’s Nautical Trust has evolved. The trustees receive applications primarily from sailing clubs and sea cadet units who are looking for support to purchase dinghies and associated equipment for sailing tuition and the trust routinely funds the purchase of Picos, Fevas and Toppers.

The trustees meet in January to consider applications so requests for funding should be submitted in early December.

• Further information and an application form are available at www.bellsnauticaltrust.com