21 January 1999
Knoydart deal falls through

THEATRE impresario Sir Cameron Mackintosh has withdrawn from a £650,000 deal to secure the future of the 70 settlers of Knoydart, an estate on the west coast of Scotland.

Sir Cameron had offered to buy the 6879ha (17,000 acre) estate and lease it back to the community.

He pulled out over the “right to buy” sought by residents and two conservation bodies, the John Muir Trust and the Brasher Trust.