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Death of prince's crofting tutor

A man who taught the Prince of Wales about crofting on Berneray in the Western Isles has died.

Donald Alec MacKillop - known as Splash - played host to the heir to the throne for several days in 1987.

Prince Charles' visit was kept a secret until he had left. He continued to take holidays on Berneray in later years.

Western Isles council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, paid tribute to Mr MacKillop. Convener Alex MacDonald said he was a "larger than life" character.

The 78-year-old is survived by his wife Gloria.

Mr MacDonald said: "As well as promoting his beloved islands, Splash was a notable local historian with a deep knowledge and understanding of the islands. My thoughts and prayers are with Gloria at this sad time."

Prince Charles officially opened a £7m causeway linking Berneray with North Uist in 1999.

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