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29August

St Kildan man.

On this day in 1930 the population of St Kilda were evacuated from the island.

The island was evacuated on economic grounds at the islanders own request as the population had dwindled from 73 in 1920 to only 37 in 1928. The island had been populated since Bronze Age times, but from the latter part of the 19th Century, the islanders had began to lose their means of self-sufficiency and the fate of the resident population was sealed. The island was sold to the Marquess of Bute, a keen ornithologist, who bequeathed it to the National Trust for Scotland in 1957.


The 29 August 1999 saw the death of Lew Schwarz, the Scottish TV scriptwriter. Schwarz wrote for several of British TV's smash comedy shows during the 1950-60s, including The Army Game, Bootsie and Smudge, Great Scott - It's Maynard!, The Charlie Drake Show, and The Worker.

Three years later Alan MacNaughtan, the Scottish stage, TV and film actor, died. MacNaughtan spent most of his life working on the English stage and appeared in numerous productions, including the world premiere of Equus at the National Theatre, London.


Today's recipe: little ones will enjoy getting their hands dirty when they make this chunky cheese loaf.


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