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Islanders in worldwide cash plea
South Uist
South Uist islanders will launch their cash appeal in London
South Uist residents have launched a worldwide cash appeal in London to help them buy their homeland.

People living on the 93,000 acre South Uist Estates have already agreed a 4.5m deal with the current owners, a sporting syndicate.

There will be government grant aid for the purchase of the largest privately-owned estate in the islands.

But organisers of the buy-out still have to raise more than 500,000 themselves.

The launch on Sunday was held at London club Boisdale, which is owned by a member of the Clanranald Macdonalds - who once used to own South Uist.

During the last part of the Clanranald's time, and under subsequent owners, many commmunities were cleared.

The descendants of these same exiles will be the main target of the appeal.

Angus Macmillan, who is leading the campaign, said he was confident they would meet their target of raising at least 600,000.

The South Uist Estate includes Eriskay and part of Benbecula.


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