St. Mary's - The Island Folk

  1. The Island Folk
    With Hils’ family having been on St Mary’s for over 70 years and so many fun-filled childhood memories, Scilly was always destined to be “home”, and so it is that we both (married at Old Town church) established our little Scilly Spirit Distillery, in Old Town, on St. Mary’s.
  2. Richard Larn, Shipwreck Expert
    Learn about the fascinating history of ex-Royal Navy diver and shipwreck enthusiast, Richard Larn, including his long-term love affair with Scilly and his accomplishments around maritime history which earned him an OBE.
  3. Carol Shave, Ratbags
    My great-grandmother was Eliza Webber, one of the last to leave the island of Samson in 1855. She was two years old and was relocated to St. Mary’s where she married my great-grandfather Benjamin Ashford. From their 12 children, few Ashford’s remain. I have two brothers and a sister all raised here in Scilly and all four of us stayed to raise families. I work with my sister at Ratbags Canvas shop.
  4. Steve Hicks, Boatman
    Steve comes from a long line of boatmen: his father, his grandfather and his great-grandfather before that. His brothers, Alec and Fraser are boatmen, too. “In fact, the Hicks family name on Scilly goes back some 500 years. My father was a boat builder on Scilly and one of the founding members of the St. Mary’s Boatmen’s Association.