Strange facts of St Kilda

(a) St Kilda women did not wear Wedding Rings. Instead a woman that was married was distinguished by wearing a frilly head band.

The youngest girl is unmarried ( 2nd left )

(b) St Kilda was the only inhabited island not to have a war memorial.  This was because no St Kildan ever left the Island to fight in a war.

(c)  The Soay sheep on St Kilda are a primitive breed dating back to the Bronze Age.  The Islanders didn`t shear the sheep, but plucked the finer wool or cut it off with a penknife.  The islanders also milked the sheep.

(d) There was no recorded crime in St Kilda

(e) The Islanders never paid any kind of Tax

(f) Stac an Armin (191 metres) and Stac Lee (165 metres) are the highest sea stacs in Britain

(g) Two kinds of mice (the St Kilda house mouse and St Kilda fieldmouse) used to be found on St Kilda.  Both were larger varieties of the mainland house mouse and wood mouse respectively.  They were probably brought to St Kilda by Norsemen.  The house mouse became extinct after the islanders left in 1930

(h) The St Kilda wren is a larger sub-species of the mainland wren found throughout the St Kilda archipelago.  There are believed to be only about 113-117 pairs on Hirta.

(i) At 1400ft, Conachair boasts the highest sea cliffs in Britain.

(j) In the 1850s, forty-two islanders emigrated to Australia.  Many of the emigrants died en-route, but a few settled in Melbourne, and to this day a suburb of the city is called St Kilda - named after the schooner The Lady of St Kilda which was anchored off the shore at around this time.  There is also a St Kilda in New Zealand.

(k) Actual messages have been sent using the "St Kilda mailboat". The St Kilda mailboat was sent out as a distress signal.  A letter was sealed in a wooden container with a sheep's bladder acting as a float.  Subsequently, many of these mailboats were consigned to the sea, and most reached shore in Scotland or Scandinavia carried by the prevailing currents.

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