Woman leaves £330,000 to RNLI after family disaster
Mary Aida MacLeod MacAskill's grandfather and great-uncle were lost at sea in 1900.
A woman whose family was involved in a disaster at sea has left more than £300,000 to the RNLI in Scotland.
Mary Aida MacLeod MacAskill died in 2015 and donated £335,377 to the charity, which it now intends give to Leverburgh lifeboat station on Harris.
Ms MacAskill had links to the nearby island of Berneray, though she spent most of her life in Edinburgh.
Her donation is believed to have been influenced by a maritime disaster between Lochmaddy and Berneray in 1900 which cost the lives of her grandfather and great-uncle.
Leverburgh RNLI has not decided how the money will be spent, although the team is currently trying to raise £60,000 to install a fixed pontoon at the station.
Honorary president Hamish Taylor said: "Whilst the local lifeboat station is located at Leverburgh, the communities of Berneray and North Uist have taken ownership of the lifeboat in a very supportive way and this legacy, from a family whose roots are embedded in Berneray, is further tangible evidence of that generosity."
Leverburgh lifeboat station opened in 2012 to cover a gap in emergency cover in the Western Isles.