Scot­tish is­land fa­mous for Six­ties mur­der, yours for just £325,000

The Daily Telegraph - - News - By Vic­to­ria Ward

IT IS not of­ten that a mur­der is men­tioned in an es­tate agent’s brochure. But then it is hard to avoid the un­for­tu­nate events that once took place on a small Scot­tish is­land so sleepy it is com­pletely off-grid.

Lit­tle Ross, in Dum­fries and Gal­loway, has been put up for sale for £325,000, the price of a two-bed­room flat in Ed­in­burgh, and could pro­vide a beau­ti­ful sanc­tu­ary for any­one will­ing to over­look its his­tory.

Boast­ing sweep­ing views of the open seas, the Isle of Man and the Lake District, the is­land has its own peb­ble beach, jetty and nat­u­ral har­bour.

It in­cludes a six-bed­room, B-listed cot­tage and court­yard next to an oper­a­tional light­house tower, which is not in­cluded in the sale.

The rugged is­land, mea­sur­ing 29 acres, at­tracted at­ten­tion of a dif­fer­ent kind back in 1960, when the body of the in­terim light­house keeper was found dead.

Two vis­i­tors got more than they bar­gained for when they sailed over to the is­land for a day of ex­plor­ing.

Find­ing it com­pletely de­serted, the pair be­gan to feel uneasy and soon came upon the life­less body of Hugh Clark in the as­sis­tant keeper’s house. Fol­low­ing a man­hunt, his col­league, as­sis­tant keeper Robert Dick­son, was ar­rested and was con­victed of mur­der.

Dick­son was sen­tenced to death by hang­ing but was given a re­prieve days be­fore his ex­e­cu­tion in De­cem­ber 1960. He killed him­self in prison two years later, hav­ing never ex­plained his mo­tive.

On the is­land, so­lar pan­els and a wind tur­bine pro­vide power to the house but the prop­erty is en­tirely “off grid” so a po­ten­tial owner plan­ning to spend any amount of time there would re­quire a backup en­ergy source.

The wa­ter sup­ply is spring fed and there is bot­tled gas for cook­ing.

Es­tate agent Gal­braith says there is no longer a phone line and that the buyer would have to be a pro­fi­cient sailor and would need a boat or heli­copter to reach the is­land.

Hugh Clark, left, was mur­dered by Robert Dick­son, right, on Lit­tle Ross Is­land, top

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