Dewar leaves £2m in will to children

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Donald Dewar, the inaugural First Minister of Scotland, left more than £2m in his will.

Colleagues were stunned yesterday by the extent of the Labour politician's estate. His stocks and shares, property, art, rare books and savings have been valued at £2,060,456. His estate will be divided between his children, Iain and Marion.

Mr Dewar, who died last year aged 63 after a brain haemorrhage, had shares worth almost £1m, including in firms privatised by previous Tory governments.

Mr Dewar's largest shareholding, worth £284,000, was in the Royal Bank of Scotland. He had stakes in Unilever (£70,000), Marks & Spencer (£37,000) and Vodafone (£27,538). He also left savings of £43,244; properties valued at about £550,000 and a collection of works by Scottish colourist artists worth £406,940.

His personal effects and furniture were worth just £5,000.