Inchcolm Island caretaker quits ‘best job’

Edward Glenwright in front of the historic abbey on the island. Picture: Hemedia
Edward Glenwright in front of the historic abbey on the island. Picture: Hemedia
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A NATURE lover who landed “Scotland’s best job” as ­manager of Inchcolm island has quit his post after ­raising concerns about an alleged fraud.

Edward Glenwright was due to return to the tiny island next month for his second stint in the £20,000-a-year role – which sparked world- wide interest when it was ­advertised.

The 36-year-old was chosen out of a field of 650 applicants.

Despite landing the job the Evening News can reveal the isle custodian, from Whitby, North Yorkshire, has resigned after making allegations to his bosses about a local tour company.

The firm in ­question has subsequently been investigated by his employers Historic Scotland.

A spokesman for the body last night said action had been taken – but refused to elaborate any ­further.

Mr Glenwright operated as custodian of Inchcolm Island from March to October last year and was due to spend the next eight months in the post.

His duties included meeting boat trip ­visitors, keeping an eye on the historic church and monitoring wildlife. The only other full-time resident of the island is Lucy Cooke, 26, a former student at Edinburgh University. A spokeswoman for Historic Scotland said a probe into Mr Glenwright’s claimed had been launched and action taken.

“We took Mr Glenwright’s concern seriously and ­thoroughly investigated the issue raised in accordance with our policy,” she said.

“Following the investigation, we have already taken action that was deemed ­appropriate.

“However, Mr Glenwright has chosen to resign.

“Historic Scotland is unable to comment on specific ­staffing matters.”

Last year, Mr Glenwright told of his mod-con woes while living on the island located in the Forth.

He said a dodgy TV reception was one of the major drawbacks he faced.

He described his solitary posting as “the best job in the world” and previously said: “I’ve had some good jobs but this is the best I’ve ever had.

“There aren’t many places to live where you can see seals every day.”

The News attempted to contact Mr Glenwright without success.

Police Scotland said they were not investigating.

david.mccann@edinburghnews.com