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Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Beware of the Eccentric Poet

Members of The Clan MacFarlane Society are painting their faces Braveheart-blue in preparation for a battle over an island in Loch Lomond.

Eilean-I-Vow—less poetically known as Cow Island—was claimed by Douglas MacFarlane nine years ago for about £500 after he'd traced the roots of the clan to that location and established that it had no official owner. Now the rest of the clan—a family of "notorious cattle raiders"—wants ownership.

The clan's descendants, who span the world, believe the ruins of a historic seventeenth-century castle are being further dilapidated by party-goers. By assuming ownership of the land, the society wants to preserve the relics, one of the last few remaining traces of the clan in the region.
Douglas is willing to give it up for the ever-so-reasonable price of £1 million. His wife Bernadette says, "I've e-mailed the society several times but never had a reply. I don't understand what they're trying to do." She concedes that the island has had unauthorized visitors, but "It's very hard to stop people coming over to the island."
"We thought about hiring someone, maybe an eccentric poet, to stay there, but we can't build anything on the land." [Link]

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