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Island Buy-Out

The 93,000 acre South Uist Estate has been purchased by the local community for GBP4.5M ($9.0M). The transaction incorporates virtually all of South Uist, Eriskay and Benbecula. The new owners intend to focus on various initiatives including affordable housing, renewable energy, drainage and coastal management. It is hoped that the buy-out will stabilise the population (currently 3000) which has dropped by 18pct over the past 20 years.

Scotland Subsidises American Bank’s Glasgow Expansion

JP Morgan Chase has been awarded GBP3.0M ($6.0M) as an incentive to generate 200 new software development posts in Glasgow. Funding was provided under the Regional Selective Assistance Scheme through which similar grants have recently been paid to other major financial institutions such as Barclays Bank, HSBC and Morgan Stanley. These grants to very wealthy institutions have attracted criticism in some Scottish political circles.

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A Scottish based buyer has paid GBP14,850.00 ($29,000) for a bottle of Glenavon ‘Special Liqueur Whisky’ which is believed to have been bottled by a long defunct Speyside Distillery between 1851 and 1858. The vendor was a woman from Northern Ireland. However, an expert has raised a question over the bottle’s provenance due to the machine made bottle and elaborate label printing which suggest a bottling date of late 19th. century.

The record for a single bottle of Scotch remains at GBP26,000 ($50,100) which was paid in 2002 for a bottle of Dalmore, which had been matured for 62 years prior to bottling.

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The population of some of Scotland’s smallest islands has reached a ‘tipping point’ which threatens their survival as economic units. Many of the islands boast fascinating history and heritage but isolation and limited amenities take their toll. Here is a list of the islands:

Papa Stour ( Name means Great Priest Isle). Pop 25. Lies west of Shetland mainland.

North Ronaldsay (Name means Ringan’s or Ninian’s Isle). Pop 57. Lies north of the Orkneys.

Foula (Named after Scandinavian word for bird ‘fugla’.) Pop 26. Lies west of Shetlands.

Canna (Name origin unknown). Pop 15. Lies N.W. of Rum.

(Name possibly of Viking origin.) Pop 29. Lies south of Isle of Sky.

Fair Isle (Sheep Isle from Norse word ‘faer’.) Pop 70. Lies between Orkney and Shetland.

Muck (Island of Swine.) Pop 34. Very small island which lies south of Rum.

Gigha (God’s Isle or Good Isle.) Pop 150 and rising. Lies off the Kintyre peninsula.

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