Scottish Isle Longs for the Donald

Mom's hometown would happily host rejected $2.5B project
By Caroline Zimmerman,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2007 3:40 PM CST
Scottish Isle Longs for the Donald
Donald Trump is shown in Beverly Hills, Calif., in this July 11, 2007, file photo. Donald Trump's hedge is history. The City Council has voted unanimously to order the celebrity mogul to remove a 10-foot-high hedge of ficus trees planted earlier this year at his Trump National Golf Club without city...   (Associated Press)

Donald Trump has a fan base in the residents of his Scottish mother's tiny birthplace, and they're waiting for his homecoming. The real estate baron has been trumpeting his roots and making trips to Scotland in hopes of building a $2.5 billion luxury golf course in Aberdeen. His plans have met with resistance, but the Isle of Lewis would dearly love to host the project.

Trump hasn't been back since childhood, but he's one of the family, the Wall Street Journal reports. His mother, Mary MacLeod, shares a common last name, and the local golf course may name a hole after him. But Trump hasn't responded to the invitations: "The weather isn't bouffant friendly," said one townsman. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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