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The Island on the Edge of the World By Paul Heley
number of years ago, I was with my cousin and her husband (who had a reasonable sized, sea going yacht) and we'd spent a while sailing around western Scotland. At the end, Dick asked me if there was anywhere that I would really like to go and, without even thinking, I said St Kilda - somewhere which had been on my "would love to visit but doubt I'll ever get there" list for many years. He didn't flinch!; and it was agreed that if I could get to the Outer Hebrides at the drop of a hat, we'd have a shot the following year. And, it happened: the 'phone call came, I leapt on my motorbike, charged off to Tarbert on the Isle of Harris and was met by Dick and Gillian a couple of days later. NB Speed was of the essence, and a suitable weather window was imperative, because the seas round St Kilda are notoriously tricky. Although you might get there, you might not be able to land (or even leave!) Anyway, next day we loaded up with provisions and diesel (the boat had an engine as well as sails) and during the afternoon, we sailed westwards through the Sound of Harris headed for St Kilda 50 miles away in the North Atlantic. We arrived overnight, dropped anchor, and went ashore by dinghy early next morning. I must admit to having a tremendous feeling of achieve12
ment upon first setting foot on the land - it was as though something long anticipated could now be ticked off and was almost mystical. I'd read a bit about St Kilda - dubbed "the island on the edge of the world" - and the more I read, the more intriguing it became. For example :St Kilda is not an island as such but is an archipelago of four islands and a number of sea stacks. The main island is called Hirta but there is also Dun, Soay and Boreray. The whole archipelago is a result of volcanic outbursts 60 million (or so) years ago and has geological affinity with Rhum, Ardnamurchan, Mull, Faroes and Iceland plus many other places. Archaeological evidence shows it was first inhabited more than 3000 years ago and had been periodically inhabited ever since. Even before the Vikings (roughly 1000 years ago) and until the island's evacuation in 1930, people have been there continuously and it is amazing to think that folk have chosen to live on this remote, isolated, cold, rain lashed, storm riven island since time immemorial. Apart from the ancient "souterrain" (literally "below ground") and "horned" habitable structures, Hebridean "black" houses had been used during the last few centuries. These were oval in shape (to combat the wind), had very thick stone walls, a single door for both animals
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For their staple, the islanders had adopted a completely unique diet based on sea birds. Since there are literally millions of them eg puffins, gannets, guillemots, kittiwakes, fulmars to name but few, the supply was inexhaustable. Birds were used mainly for food but their feathers and down were used in bedding and clothing and their oil was used for cooking, lighting and heating. As food, they were either roasted, boiled or "grilled" in front of the fire. The fulmar was especially prized and was effectively "squeezed" in order to release its plentiful supply of oil. There was also the requirement to store the birds for the winter time and, after plucking and gutting, the flesh was dried. The landscape is covered with hundreds of "cleitean", ie small, stone built and turf roofed structures where the wind blowing through loosely packed stones could do the drying and the rain was kept out. Such structures are unique to St Kilda. In order to harvest the birds and their eggs from Hirta and Boreray, St Kildans had to be expert "cragsmen" in order to scale the precipitous cliffs - reputedly the highest in Britain. They climbed bare footed and it is suggested that evolution was slowly developing opposable toes in the men so as to cling onto tiny footholds on the cliff face. There is also the story of the "Mistress Stone" upon which a young man had to balance precariously in order to prove his ability as a cragsman and to be suitable as a husband and father. The graveyard on Hirta gives testimony to some of those who fell from these daunting cliffs. Amongst the islanders themselves, money and politics played no part. Some of the more romantic writers have described the St Kildan lifestyle as "serene", "idyllic", "heavenly", "utopian", whilst those with their feet more firmly on the ground use such adjectives as "ignorant", "poverty stricken", "deprived", "medically unaware". Yer pays yer money and yer takes yer choice on this one! The lifestyle was virtually an example of pure communism - everything was shared equally and everyone worked for the good of the community as well as for his own family. Each day, the men of the village met at a specific spot along "The Street" (singular) and decided what needed to be done that day and who would do what. This meeting was known as The Parliament. It is extremely poignant to walk along this deserted street, in and out of the deserted houses, trying to imagine the men, all dressed identically, deliberating the day's events whist the womenfolk would prepare food or weave cloth.
Although St Kilda was, to a large extent isolated, it was not totally removed from the rest of the world. On a good day, it is possible to see the Outer Hebrides - and to be seen. Consequently, each community knew of the other's existence and from times long past, St Kilda had come under the stewardship of Scottish clan chiefs who periodically sent their representatives to exact a form of tithe. "Missionaries" had also visited St Kilda since well before 1700 and had converted the islanders from a type of GaelicNorse paganism into devout Christians. Some of these missionaries stayed for some time and contributed much towards the general welfare but one, the Rev. John Mackay - from the hell fire and brimstone Free Church of Scotland - was there from 1865 to '89 and exercised an exceedingly harsh rule and most likely did more harm than good. The missionaries were not only preachers and savers of souls but were also the school teacher, the doctor and someone who could intervene on the islanders' behalf when dealing with mainland officials - they were powerful people who could not be ignored. In times of emergency, the islanders had devised the "St Kilda mailboat" which was a variant on the "message in a bottle" idea. The "mailboat" would be launched in the hope that it would wash up on the Scottish mainland and acted upon. Sometimes it worked, and one even got as far as Norway. On a grimmer note, there is the story of Lady Rachel Grange who had been banished to St Kilda by her husband because she knew too much about his Jacobite sympathies and was prepared to spill the beans. Marooned on St Kilda for 7 years unable to speak Gaelic (and the islanders knew no English) she slowly went bonkers. Following her eventual release, she died in 1745 - by then completely mad. But over time, the St Kildans became increasingly aware that they were beyond the edge of normal society and that their life was unnecessarily primitive. This was emphasised during the late 19th and early 20th centuries as more and more visitors came to the island until, eventually, in 1930, the islanders asked to be evacuated to the mainland. By this time, there were only 36 of them left and they realised that they were, effectively, a species on the edge of extinction. Thus ended the story of a particular group of people who, over centuries or even millenia, had followed a unique way of life. All that now remains are memories.
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BREATHEASY Do you suffer from a lung condition? Then why not come and join our local Support group - breatheasy Part of the British lung foundation. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month at peter newton pavilion (Behind tesco) 2 - 4pm carers also welcome As well as supporting each other we have a variety of speakers and also arrange day trips out. New members most welcome More info phone michael on 01582 602348 FRIENDS OF STUDHAM COMMON We are a friendly,voluntary group whose aim is to conserve,maintain and promote Studham Common as a haven for wildlife and a place for everyone to enjoy.For this purpose we meet as a work party on the third Saturday of each month (except Dec.) The work is not onerous and we enjoy the exercise and the good company –and a picnic lunch is provided! Details from Pam on 01582 872608 firstname.lastname@example.org DUNSTABLE PROBUS CLUB Dunstable PROBUS Club meets on the second Monday of the month and membership is open to retired or semi-retired professional and business men. The Club’s main object is the promotion of good fellowship. Members enjoy a variety of social activities and organized visits throughout the year and at their regular monthly meetings they are entertained by after-lunch speakers. If you are interested in joining the Club, please contact the Secretary on 01582 653732 LANGDALE CHURCH ‘HATTERS TEA’- informal neighbourhood group meets monthly on a Wednesday pm. Free tea/coffee & home-made cakes, quiz and raffle. Friends and Neighbours- monthly on a Thursday pm. Speakers and free tea/coffee. At Langdale Church. Other groups- table tennis, walking group and drawing for beginners Make the most of our community activities and meet new people in our community. Tel Colin, Community Worker 01582602980 1st Totternhoe Brownies Small Brownie Pack ‘only down the hill to Totternhoe’ If you are interested come along for an evening and find out how
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