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Sunday, 1 July, 2001, 11:11 GMT 12:11 UK
Donald Dewar's 2m legacy
Donald Dewar
Donald Dewar was known for his modest lifestyle
The late Scottish First Minister Donald Dewar left more than 2m in his will, it has been reported.

Mr Dewar, who died last October at the age of 63, owned two houses and a flat, as well as an extensive art collection.

The newspaper reports said that Mr Dewar also owned a portfolio of shares worth almost 1m.

And his antique book collection, much of which is being donated to the Scottish Parliament, was valued at more than 30,000.

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Mr Dewar's books are being donated to the Scottish Parliament
The Labour politician, who trained as a lawyer and first won a Westminster seat in 1966, was known for his modest and frugal lifestyle.

He preferred to holiday close to home in Scotland and would often rather stay in to read a good book than attend a social function.

He shunned the ministerial car for his beloved Peugeot, and did not own a raincoat until he was caught in a blizzard two years ago.

However, it was reported on Sunday that he had amassed a 2,060,456 fortune in stocks and shares, property, valuable paintings, rare books and personal savings.

His share portfolio encompassed more than 50 companies and was valued at almost 1m.

Three properties

It included a stake in the Royal Bank of Scotland valued at 284,000 in today's prices, along with 37,000 of Marks & Spencers shares and Railtrack shares worth 5,000.

His three properties, two in Glasgow's West End and one in Stirling, were said to be valued at about 550,000.

His collection of Scottish colourist artists was reported to be worth 406,940, while his books were said to be valued at 30,550.

Mr Dewar's entire estate has been left to his children, Iain and Marion.

They have donated his collection of literature to the Scottish Parliament, where it will be the main feature of a reading room dedicated to the late First Minister.

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