Lis­more fam­ily pre­pares to sell home af­ter 1,500 years

The Oban Times - - Review of the Year -

IT IS claimed to be Bri­tain’s old­est aris­to­cratic ti­tle and church of­fice – older than the Arch­bishop of Can­ter­bury, dat­ing back to a Celtic saint who founded a monastery on the Isle of Lis­more in the Dark Ages – and the only ti­tle, be­sides the Queen’s, granted ‘ by the grace of God’.

Now one chap­ter in the 1,500- year his­tory of the Baron of Bachuil and ‘heir’ or Coarb of St Moluag is clos­ing, as an­other may be be­gin­ning.

Niall Liv­ing­stone of Bachuil, chief of ‘Ar­gyll’s old­est clan’ Liv­ing­stone/ Mclean and Hered­itable Keeper of the Pic­tish saint’s Great Staff or Bachuil Mor, is leav­ing his an­ces­tral seat of Bachuil House on lands owned by his fam­ily since the sixth cen­tury – and he hopes to sell it as part of a com­mu­nity buy- out as an is­land hub.

The 63-year- old Ab­bot of Lis­more said: ‘ It is a very hard de­ci­sion af­ter 1,500 years.

‘ If this dream can be re­alised, I think it could be the best thing to hap­pen to the is­land since the ar­rival of St Moluag in 562.’

The Baron, who runs Bachuil Coun­try House as an AA four- star guest­house with his wife Baroness Anita, put the grade-B Vic­to­rian seat, plus barn, shed, garage, gar­den and nearby Hawthorn House on the mar­ket for a guide price of £910,000, but then with­drew them to give Lis­more Com­mu­nity Trust time to in­ves­ti­gate the pos­si­bil­ity of launch­ing a buy- out.

Trust chair­man Se­bas­tian Tombs said its an­nual gen­eral meet­ing at Lis­more Pub­lic Hall en­dorsed an ex­plo­ration of the op­por­tu­ni­ties.

Niall Liv­ing­stone of Bachuil with the Great Staff of St Moluag.

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