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Island warden quits after alleging fraud

Edward Glenwright has quit his role as custodian of Inchcolm Island

Edward Glenwright has quit his role as custodian of Inchcolm Island

A Whitby man who landed ‘Scotland’s best job’ as manager of a small island nature reserve has quit his post after raising concerns about an alleged fraud.

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

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

Despite landing the job, Mr Glenwright 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.

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

“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.

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.”

Police Scotland said they were not investigating.

 

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