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Ownership of Wild Cat Island

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Posted by Martin Honor on February 13, 2024 at 01:11:04 user MartinH.

I thought I had asked this before, but on searching Tarboard I can't find it. Who owns Wild Cat Island?

1. The Dixons as having the nearest farm? Probably not as I expect most of the farmers were tenants.
2. The Turners/Blacketts? Nancy and Peggy seem to have made free use of the island and no evidence is given of other users. I wonder if in previous generations the Turners had owned a certain amount of land that was subsequently sold off to pay the debts of a previous black sheep. I feel, with no evidence, that the Blacketts were not as well off as the Turners, hence Aunt Maria's attitude.
3. Another land owner? Possibly, but who? Someone like Colonel Jolys who is part of the local "gentry".
4. The National Trust? An outsider here as this was still early days of the Trust and they might well have objected to youngsters using their property.

Before the Swallows camped on the island in SA I assume Mrs Walker cleared it with the owner. Was she in touch with Mrs Blackett? The postal service was much more efficient then and it was probably better than a 24 hour service around the lake. So arrangements could have been made without Nancy and Peggy knowing.

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