20 May 1999
Ex-laird drops libel action

THE former owner of the tiny Scottish island of Eigg has abandoned his libel action against two newspapers at a cost of around £750,000.

Englishman Keith Schellenberg, who owned Eigg for 20 years, had claimed that an article in The Guardian in July 1996 depicted him as a “playboy”.

He was also suing The Sunday Times.