Posted by PJ on May 29, 2012 at 16:10:33:
In Reply to: Re: Bartra Island posted by Alan King on May 23, 2012 at 17:33:40:
Thanks for that Alan. So it would appear from that information that the information in Joyce Redmans various published obituaries that she and her sisters actually grew up on Bartra Island is incorrect?
As I said I also came across a US newspaper account or interview with Ms Redman from 1950 where she at the time was saying that she had purchased the island along with her husband (even if it was actually her sister that had purchased the island at this stage). I presume the Claude Kirkwood you mention as having sold the house to the Redmans would have been a son of Charles Knox Kirkwood listed as living there in both the 1901 and 1911 census.
I took a paddle out there by canoe during the summer 3 years ago and, whilst rudimentary attempts had been made at restoration and modernisation of the main house on the island, it was far from habitable and certainly could not have said to have been "restored to its former glory" as some accounts have it. Apart from that the island seemed by and large deserted save for a enormous flock of sheep.
Hard to envisage it as a Nick Faldo world class golf resort any time soon.
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