The Homelands Trust-Fife (SC027281) is an independent, Fife-based charity working to improve the quality of life of individuals affected by disability through the provision of luxury holiday accommodation.
Mr Robert Carswell Paxton was a well-known figure in Lundin Links in the first quarter of the 20th century. Born in Kilmarnock in 1853, he was the fourth of brewer George Paxton’s eight children. His father George owned Richardland Brewery on the River Irvine at Riccarton, Kilmarnock but had died when Robert was still a child.
Towards the end of the 19th century, Robert Paxton became one of the early settlers of Terrell County, Texas. Paxton was a sheep farmer/rancher in this area, which was to become one of the biggest sheep and wool producers in the US. In 1908, the Paxton family bought the Homelands estate in Lundin Links. The Homelands estate is set in matured woodlands in the village of Lundin Links, which now benefits from panoramic views overlook the Lundin golf course and Largo Bay to the Lothians.
Miss Isobel Paxton, Mr Paxton’s daughter continued to stay at Homelands and became a pillar of the local community where her activities spanned across various village organisations. During the 1950s Isabel Paxton would visit disabled people in Fife and offer them assistance. On her passing at aged 88 in 1993 Isobel Paxton bequeathed the Homelands estate to charity. The ethos of her request, was to establish and maintain a facility to enable individuals affected by a range of disabling conditions (including their family, friends and carers) facilities to enjoy a holiday from normal daily living. The Trust was set up in 1998 to carry out the wishes of a Miss Paxton: and the rest is history.