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Artist leaves fortune to charities in will

May 31, 2014

AN ARTIST has left the bulk of her pound(s)1.8 million fortune to charities in her will.

Renowned painter Perpetua Pope has stunned a number of good causes with her generosity.

The spinster, from Edinburgh, whose work was exhibited at the Scottish Gallery, died last May in the city at the age of 97.

It has now been revealed that she had an estate valued at pound(s)1,872,294 at the time of her death.

Her fortune included her home in Edinburgh and a large investment portfolio.

After leaving a gift of pound(s)100,000 to friends, she instructed that the remainder of her wealth should be given to six charities.They included the John Muir Trust, St Columba's Hospice in Edinburgh, Arthritis Care and Sight Savers International.

The Universal Beneficent Society, which helps elderly people on low incomes, and Lifecare, which provides care services for pensioners, will also receive a share.

Miss Pope, who was known to friends as 'Pip', was born in Solihull, Warwickshire, to Aberdonian parents.

She was an art lecturer at Edinburgh University until her retirement in 1973.

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Source: Herald, The (Scotland)

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