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Scottish agent selling birthplace of Donald Trump’s mother

Basic crofter's cottage for sale on Isle of Lewis is a far cry from Trump Towers

Nigel Lewis

An estate agent on the Isle of Lewis is selling the former home and birthplace of Mary Anne MacLeod, the mother of Donald Trump, in the tiny windblown fishing village of Tong three miles outside Stornoway.

donald trump mother houseIt is a three-bedroom, two-storey house with grey walls and dormer windows for sale at £169,000 in the centre of the village.

It is close to the school where Mary was educated and learned to speak English. Many people then spoke Gaelic as their first language, and still do today.

Her former home, which has been reduced from £178,000, is one of around 50 similar properties in the village, all hunkered down to withstand the island’s famously blowy and wet weather.

Decorated sparingly inside, the cottage is a far cry from the gleaming portfolio of towers that her son Donald built in the US, or the gold-encrusted rococo Manhattan apartment he owns in New York.

Mary was born at No.3, Tong near Stornoway on the 10th May 1912 but following a family scandal after one of her siblings had a child outside marriage, Mary and her sisters fled to the US with only a few dollars to their name. Mary did well. In 1936 she married a successful New York builder and developer called Fred Trump and the couple had five children including Donald Trump, who was born in 1946. His mother died in 2000 in New York.

The property is on the market with Stornoway-based solicitors Derek Mackenzie which was founded in 2011 and operates throughout the Western Isles. The Negotiator contacted the agency today but they declined to comment.

November 9, 2016

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