Former ship’s captain leaves portion of fortune to good causes

A former ship’s captain has left a portion of his million-pound estate to a Moray school, church, hospital and village hall.

Peter Geddes Young was from Hopeman and spent his working life as a captain for the Blue Funnel Line, which took him all over the world.

He died in February at Meadowlark nursing home at Forres. He had suffered from dementia and was 77.

Mr Young has left £20,000 each to Hopeman Church of Scotland, the Memorial Hall at Hopeman, Gordonstoun School and Dr Gray’s Hospital at Elgin.

The Rev Bruce Lawrie, from Hopeman Church, said: “The church, village hall and Gordonstoun School were three main influences in Mr Young’s life, until he became ill.”

He added that he did not yet know how the money would be spent.

Mr Lawrie said: “A decision will be made at a congregation board meeting in September. It is a very generous bequest.”

He said that Mr Young had lived an “amazing life” as a ship’s captain, travelling all over the world. He, apparently, had arrived in Cuba the day Fidel Castro took power.

• Full story at the Aberdeen Press & Journal.