Thursday, 7 April 2016
I just saw this news article: a woman called Rachel Johnson, nee Gillies, passed away today at the age of 92. Her death marks the end of an era.
The archipelago of St Kilda is one of the most remote of all the British Isles; nearly fifty miles west of Harris and Lewis, it's the most westerly of the Outer Hebrides. It was inhabited for nearly two thousand years, until the last of its inhabitants were evacuated on 29th August 1930.
Life there was hard and isolated, but the islands - now a nature reserve - remain some of the most
Rachel Gillies was eight years old when she was evacuated. With her death, the last of the native St Kildans has passed away.
The story of the islands is a rich and fascinating one, and you can learn more about them here. Here's a 1972 documentary about them to whet your appetite.
In the words of one former inhabitant, 'it was a far better place.'