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Supported by cash support from the Lottery and Government grants, various communities have clubbed together to buy the estates and islands on which they live. Recent examples include:

  • Gigha: Island acquired for GBP3.5m with support from the Scottish Land Fund
  • North Harris: Estate acquired for GBP4.5M in 2003 supported by GBP1.6M from the Scottish Land Fund and GBP400K from Highlands and Islands Enterprise.
  • North Harris: Estate and 19th century Amhuinnsuidhe Castle were acquired for GBP4.5M by the local population of 800 in conjunction with businessman Ian Scarr-Hall. The transaction was facilitated by a GBP1.6M grant from the Scottish Land Fund and GBP400K from the Highlands and Islands Enterprise’s Community Land Unit.
  • Lochinver, Wester Ross: 800 strong community purchased 44,000 acres of the Assynt Estate for GBP2.9M aided by grants from the Scottish Land Fund and other public bodies.
  • Isle of Eigg: Heritage Trust focused on 76 strong community acquired the island in 1997 for GBP1.5M.
  • South Uist Estates: Islanders have been awarded GBP2.0M of public funds to help acquire the 93,000 acre estate. The transaction includes virtually all of South Uist, Benbecula and Eriskay for a total cost of GBP4.5M.

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Donald Trump: Son of Mary MacLeod who was a native Gaelic speaker from Isle of Lewis, West of Scotland. She left for America in 1935.

David Dubar Buick
: Born in Arbroath, Angus in 1854 but left for Detroit, Michigan at the age of two. He founded the famous Buick Motor Company in 1904.

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The capercaillie (which means ‘horse of the wood’ in Gaelic) has experienced a stabilisation in numbers following near extinction at the millennium when the population dropped to about 1000.

The bird is a forest living member of the grouse family whose numbers dropped from a peak of 20,000 in the 1970s owing to loss of habitat and climate change. The bird is confined to central and north-eastern Scotland.

The three Scottish sites with best breeding success were in Strathspey and managed by Forestry Commission Scotland, RSPB and Rothiemurchus Estate under the auspices of the European Commission funded LIFE Project.

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