We recent visited an old village called Solum hidden in the undergrowth of gorse bushes, long grass and other vegetation.

Solam of Islay
Solam of Islay
This little village just inland from Ardbeg, has a darker secret one that stems back many years with a sad outcome for the once friendly people that used to live there.
Standing at one of the older buildings that now resonate the peaceful surroundings, there is a stone that describes the cause and outcome of this little village on Islay.

As a mark of respect and chiseled into a rock in near an abandoned building you can clearly see a face that resembles one of the children that lived here during many years ago.

Islay in Scotland
Islay in Scotland
It is believed that the village was abandoned due to an outbreak of the plague, give to the residents by accident in turn for their kindness given to the fisherman that were washed ashore in the fierce storms that blasted the shore line of Islay.
On a plaque just next to the lone building remains, tells a brief story of how this tragic event unfolded.
Solam Plaque
Solam Plaque
It is beloved that a sailor had left behind a mother-of-pearl in return for the kindness shown to them. Inside this pearl, it was believed that the plague disease was transported to the local people. The then sick villagers were isolated, and the local neighbors were know to have brought food each day and left it at a safe location for the infected villagers to collect
Each day the food was taken and eaten by the infected villagers, and one day when the food was left and not eaten. The local neighbors assumed that all infected villagers were dead. And the village was burnt to the ground.
You can download more tales, facts from this link written by Peggy Earl – http://booksin.pro/article/download-tales-islay-fact-and-folklore.html

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