Kin­tyre link to mega £15 bil­lion oil trader

Campbeltown Courier - - FRONT PAGE - Mark Davey ed­i­tor@camp­bel­town­

A BUSI­NESS­MAN whose oil trad­ing firm has been val­ued at more than £15bil­lion likes noth­ing bet­ter than re­lax­ing at his Kin­tyre hol­i­day home.

Vi­tol chair­man and group chief ex­ec­u­tive Ian Tay­lor has built the pri­vate oil trader, head­quar­tered in Hol­land, into a busi­ness, which an­a­lysts re­cently val­ued at more than the mar­ket cap­i­tal­i­sa­tion of Marks & Spencer and J Sains­bury com­bined.

A com­pany spokesper­son told the Courier: ‘Vi­tol’s turnover in 2016 was £152 bil­lion.

‘The com­pany trades at least seven mil­lion bar­rels of oil a day – more than 4.5 times what the UK con­sumes.’

In his time off Mr Tay­lor and his fam­ily fly to Machri­han­ish for breaks at his home which has un­in­ter­rupted views of Gigha, Islay and Jura.

Mr Tay­lor said: ‘My fa­ther was from Ayr­shire and I’ve al­ways felt at home here.

‘The spec­tac­u­lar, wild beaches and huge hori­zons make it the ideal place to re­fo­cus and put things into per­spec­tive.’

If he fan­cies a round of golf, in ad­di­tion to the well-known clubs, he has his own nine­hole course in the grounds.

As well as a stretch of coast­line, the house boasts a spe­cially-con­structed fish­ing loch.

Mr Tay­lor, who is proud of his Scot­tish roots, has al­ways sup­ported the lo­cal com­mu­nity and was one of the back­ers be­hind Glen­barr stores, gar­den cen­tre and café when it re­opened in 2016.

Over the years many wealthy peo­ple have cho­sen Scot­land and in par­tic­u­lar Kin­tyre, as a re­treat from the stresses of life in Bri­tain and the world’s cities.

Just be­fore the Bea­tles be­gan to im­plode in 1967, Paul Mc­Cart­ney bought High Park and spent in­creas­ing amounts of time at his re­mote re­treat. All a decade be­fore the epony­mous hit Mull of

Kin­tyre was penned. Mc­Cart­ney was pre­ceeded by an­other cre­ative, pro­lific writer the late Naomi Mitchi­son CBE. She turned out more than 90 books, on many gen­res and sub­jects, in a lit­er­ary ca­reer span­ning the years 1923 to 1985.

Mrs Mitchi­son came from the Scot­tish aris­to­cratic Hal­dane fam­ily and with her hus­band Dick bought Car­radale House in 1939. He was a prom­i­nent, Eton -ed­u­cated, Labour party mem­ber and MP for Ket­ter­ing be­tween 1945 and 1964.

After his re­tire­ment, he was cre­ated a life peer as Baron Mitchi­son of Car­radale in the County of Ar­gyll for his po­lit­i­cal work.

While her hus­band worked in Lon­don dur­ing the Sec­ond World War as a bar­ris­ter Mrs Mitchi­son re­mained in Kin­tyre.

Mrs Mitchi­son con­tin­ued to write pro­lif­i­cally, in­clud­ing a di­ary which was pub­lished, in the 1980s, by the ar­chive where it is held, as Among You Tak­ing Notes.

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