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NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS
27 August 1977
ANDERSON IN SKYE — WITH BANKNOTES
Reports which appeared recently in The Scotsman and other papers suggesting that Ian Anderson was about to purchase Strathaird, a vast estate on the Isle of Skye, for a figure approaching £250,000 were "premature", according to Jo Lustig, manager of Jethro Tull.
The estate — desirable indeed — totals 15,000 acres and comprises a mansion, the coastal township of Elgol, two crofting settlements, as well as several peaks in the Cuillin range and, presumably therefore, a few dead mountaineers.
For over 1,000 years Strathaird has been the ancestral home of the MacKinnons. A spokesman for the Clan (yes, we do mean Angus) said on hearing the reports:
"He's not even a bloody Sassenach — he's a mere Lowlander. All the same, I hope if he does buy the land that he treats it with the respect it deserves; and if he doesn't then I hope the resident water-spirits get him."
Thanks to Mike Wain for this article.