22 October 1999
Marquis sells island for £1m

THE holiday island of Great Cumbrae, about 30 miles from Glasgow, was sold for £1 million to its inhabitants yesterday by its aristocratic owner.

The Marquis of Bute is selling in advance of land reform legislation in the Scottish parliament which will giver new purchasing rights to tenants.

He still owns about 20,235ha (50,000 acres) of the country.

  • The Independent 22/10/99 page 7