Man buys island so he and his wife can be buried there
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A Hertfordshire teacher has paid £55,000 for a small, uninhabited island off the west coast of Scotland so that he and his wife can be buried there.
The Daily Mail reports that Piers Casimir-Mrowczynski bought Mackenzie Island, which is uninhabited, earlier this week.
Mr Casimir-Mrowczynki, 50, who is head of ICT at Beechwood Park boarding school in St Albans, Hertfordshire, became interested in the idea when he was diagnosed with cancer of the appendix three years ago.
He said: "About three years ago I had cancer of the appendix. That was a really hard time, but thankfully I'm doing well now, although I've not been given an official 'all clear'. I have a check-up every six months although I receive no treatment.
"The cancer battle got me thinking about where I wanted to be laid to rest, when my time comes, and this island just seemed perfect.
"I love the sea. When I found the island just off the coast of Islay, it seemed ideal. The beauty of it is that there's not much there.
"Some might see that as a negative, but it's a beautiful part of the world. It looks out into the ocean, and you can also take into account the wildlife and history.
"The attraction was the wildlife and the beautiful setting, and the fact it is undeveloped."
Mr Casimir-Mrowczynki is yet to visit the island and has only viewed it in pictures. He says he only bought the island because he couldn't afford one like it in England, but he now plans to visit once every six months with his wife, Pauline, and their two children Miles, 12, and Lydia, 11.
He says: "It's not the easiest place to get to, I must admit. There's not many islands in the south of England, apart from the Isle of White, and I can't afford that.
"I think we would need to get a flight to Glasgow, and then perhaps a ferry, to get to Mackenzie Island.
"We obviously can't stay on the island because there's no buildings, so I think we would probably stay at Portnavahen at night, which is nearby and has hotels and B&Bs.
"It's not the easiest journey, but after the difficulty of the last few years, it's an adventure I look forward to."
He added: "An island isn't something that your average person can buy, so I'm really lucky. Owning your own island would be the dream of many people.
"The plan is for Pauline to be joining me out there when her time comes, so to speak. We will both be buried there together, although we hope it won't be for some time yet.
"We plan for our children to be involved in it, once we die, and it will be held in a trust. We hope to keep it for all time, as it is now."
Mackenzie island is located about 220 yards offshore from the village of Portnahaven. It has breathtaking views of the Atlantic and North Channel, and the larger island of Orsay with its famous Rinns lighthouse, is immediately to the south.
The 42.7 acre rocky island is a site of special scientific interest and a special protection area. The surrounding waters are frequented by grey seals and otters as well as numerous bird species.
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