Interesting Argyll facts
Famous Sussex People
Did you know that the tallest tree in Britain is a fir tree in Ardkinglas Woodland Garden measured at 212 feet in 2010? The tree was only planted (as a sapling) in the 25 acres of woodlands of Ardkinglas House in about 1875. It is a Grand Fir (obviously in more ways than one), Abies Grandis.
Did you know that Campbeltown’s Wee Picture House is the oldest continuously-run cinema in Scotland? The waterfront art deco building was purpose-built in 1913. It is now a community-run enterprise. Opened to the public on May 26 1913 it was the creation of architect A.V. Gardner, whose two-tier stalls and balcony design – very unusually these days – still survives, along with its proscenium arch and beautifully quirky ‘atmospheric’ decor.
Did you know that in 1577 the entire population of Eigg, bar one family, was massacred? Macleods and MacDonalds engaged in a long vendetta throughout the medieval era. Macleods from Skye raided Eigg, held by Clan Donald, in 1577 and after much searching eventually found the secret cave with a tiny entrance where the locals were hiding. The Macleods made a smoky fire and asphyxiated 395 of their enemies. Not an event commemorated on shortbread tins.