Monday, 4 July 2011

The Queen of ... Handa

In 1841, Handa, off the Sutherland coast, had a population of 65 on its 1.19 square miles. Within seven years, resident numbers started decreasing rapidly, owing mainly to a potato famine. Emigration took place, despite a social structure that included a daily parliament, similar to St Kilda's, and the elevation of the island's oldest widow to the status of 'Queen'. It is now administered by the Scottish Wildlife Trust.

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