Isle of Eigg Trust Land Reform Pictures
The Original Isle of Eigg Trust - Pictures
1. The original Isle of Eigg Trust was launched in Edinburgh on July 23 1991, having been registered as a charitable trust by founding trustees, as shown in the launch photo below from the Glasgow Herald, 24-7-91, p. 9: Robert Harris, Tom Forsyth, Alastair McIntosh and Elisabeth Lyon.
2. In 1994 the founding trustees handed over the trust to the resident community, who held their own elections and appointed six island residents as trustees plus Lesley Riddoch (BBC campaigning broadcaster) and Alastair McIntosh. The picture below shows most of these, with Tom Forsyth. From left to right: Barry Williams, Tom Forsyth, Fiona Cherry, Duncan Ferguson, Alastair McIntosh, Margaret Kirk, Dr Christopher Tiarks and Katie Mackinnon. The picture further down shows Tom at Cleadale.
3. On 12 June 1997 the Trust succeeded in its aim of purchasing the island and bringing it into community ownership. £1.6 million was raised from some 10,000 supporters worldwide. The functions of the original Isle of Eigg Trust immediatly prior to this had been subsumed by the new Isle of Eigg Heritage Trust, set up as a charitable company limited by guarantee, with 4 directors elected by the island, two from the Scottish Wildlife Trust and two from Highland Council. Accordingly, the local community, the wider democratic constituency and the wildlife were all represented. The pictures below show Keith Schellenberg, when he was still Laird of Eigg, disembarking from the ferry, and below that, three of the key "big women" who made it all happen - Maggie Fyffe (with husband Wes), Camille Dressler (Eigg's historian) and Lesley Riddoch (watched by Tom Forsyth).