The Accidental Rush for Anthrax Island

Gruinard Island, in the north-west of Scotland, was where Britain tested its biological weapons. That story's been told many times: but I found something in the archives that I don't think anyone's ever noticed before.

Thanks to the boat crew and voice artists!
Location fixer: Vikki McCraw at Locations 365 www.locations365.co.uk/

SOURCES from the National Archives:
WO 188/2783
WO 188/3169
WO 32/20442
DEFE 55/118
DEFE 68/991, 992, 993

One other stories I found but couldn't fit into the video: the government spent a long time trying to work out the legal ramifications of selling the island back. In the end, they agreed to guarantee the cleanup for 150 years, which to me is the strongest evidence that there's nothing dangerous left there: they wouldn't have taken that risk otherwise!

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  1. Tom Scott

    Tom Scott

    21 degi síðan síðan

    This is the first of three videos from the west of Scotland! It's good to be back on the road again. Uh, and back on the water, I guess.

    • Døn't Førget Abøut TØP

      Døn't Førget Abøut TØP

      8 dögum síðan

      Omg I was just on holiday there where were you 😅

    • macronencer

      macronencer

      13 dögum síðan

      "Uh", Tom? Not "er"? Were you punched in the stomach, or have you become American? ;-)

    • Miki's Gaming

      Miki's Gaming

      13 dögum síðan

      im wondering who the voice artists are as i think i recognise one from an audiobook.

    • marvin luther

      marvin luther

      15 dögum síðan

      hi scott i am just a lowlife nowbody with no social media or any mediapresence in the internet whatsoever... but i have really good ideas and concepts and i an curious if you... a famous youtube legend whould take some time to just visit a fan of yours to sit down for a tea to have a conversation? it whould be great!

    • Sarah White

      Sarah White

      15 dögum síðan

      I feel like I've stumbled into a goldmine finding your channel Tom... I have so much of your incredible research work to watch. Thank you for informing, educating and most of all entertaining us with your warm personality 🥰

  2. Not 2 busy

    Not 2 busy

    22 klukkustundum síðan

    Ahha! So, you made up this story so that YOU could buy this island, convincing everyone else that it was no longer for up sale. Fiendishly clever !! I think you are seriously clever at finding these tidbits and bringing them to light. To make something interesting out of what otherwise would have been regarded, by most, as just a lump of rock. Thanks again.

  3. A Laputa

    A Laputa

    Degi Síðan síðan

    One of our US reporters unnecessarily heightening the fear factor for views? Never...

    • A Laputa

      A Laputa

      Degi Síðan síðan

      It's too bad mainstream reporting isn't like this. If it was all backed by good research and a cool head like Tom's people wouldn't believe the world is terrible and on fire all the time.

  4. Abigail Fennigan

    Abigail Fennigan

    2 dögum síðan

    If you go there, you won't be among the living. If you leave you'll be spreading the disease. But don't worry, you won't know. You'll be in a state of euphoria. Like they got hit with a fistful of metal. It's a madhouse.

  5. Charlie

    Charlie

    3 dögum síðan

    For more information on this story and some of the other atrocities that Britain committed against their own people just look up 'Porton down' on Google.

  6. Charlie

    Charlie

    3 dögum síðan

    Just like Britain didn't mislead young privates into being used for experiments 😂 good one Tom.

  7. Kenny Brunton

    Kenny Brunton

    3 dögum síðan

    It doesn't sound abhorrent whilst we're in the middle of a pandemic created in a Chinese lab.

  8. Internet Things

    Internet Things

    3 dögum síðan

    Banana 🍌

  9. Bijan Izadi

    Bijan Izadi

    4 dögum síðan

    So your saying it DOESNT have anthrax anymore and it only cost £500???

  10. SnopFop

    SnopFop

    5 dögum síðan

    Thank you!

  11. MrMatteNWk

    MrMatteNWk

    5 dögum síðan

    5:08 HEY, MISSUS PRIME MINISTA! MAGGIE! Ay mate! What's the offer? One thousand dollarydoos?!

  12. Mitch Thompson

    Mitch Thompson

    6 dögum síðan

    Hi Tom, do you know about Operation Cauldron over the water on the Isle of Lewis? Barges with monkeys on board being tested for radiation during the war and after. There's a massive concrete pier that was specifically built to hold the barges.

  13. Replaymyway

    Replaymyway

    6 dögum síðan

    I am here because someone said there was a surprisingly cheap Scottish island for sale, who do I see about it?

  14. Dick Cheney

    Dick Cheney

    7 dögum síðan

    There's nothing abhorrent about planning for NBC warfare, it's a necessity.

  15. jeff K

    jeff K

    7 dögum síðan

    You didn't just travel there for this video, did you?

  16. youtert

    youtert

    7 dögum síðan

    That was an especially nice touch, Clarice.

  17. Icelife

    Icelife

    8 dögum síðan

    I think Tom Scott's job is really amazing

  18. Liron Chen

    Liron Chen

    8 dögum síðan

    "acting like you own the place" - thank you, youve spoken to the locals and actually listened (y)

  19. Hayden Westfield-Bell (Wodewose)

    Hayden Westfield-Bell (Wodewose)

    8 dögum síðan

    Wasn't the anthrax experiment on the island to do with Operation Vegetarian, the goal of which was to explore using anthrax as a weapon against Germany?

  20. Jard C

    Jard C

    8 dögum síðan

    Scotland the slave. Dumping ground for English nukes and experiments. No surrender to Anglo-Saxons. Free soon. Up the SNLA and Dark Harvest haha

  21. 1973Washu

    1973Washu

    8 dögum síðan

    "One wrong word can come back to haunt you" Piers Morgan - Hold my beer ..

  22. AKuTepion

    AKuTepion

    9 dögum síðan

    Hello Tom, I understood you're selling an island for 500 pounds. Please get in touch with me. I'm willing to accept your payment of 500 pounds immediately. After you send me money, I'll be very happy to become a new owner of the island.

  23. deathpony698

    deathpony698

    9 dögum síðan

    Every bloody video title of his sounds like it could be AI generated now

  24. TheDroidBay

    TheDroidBay

    10 dögum síðan

    0:25 "One of the reasons I want to respect that request is because I've been called a 'guffy' for the 80th time this trip and I'm starting to think it might not be friendly"

  25. Leone

    Leone

    10 dögum síðan

    april fools really should just be banned, that shitty "tradition" have caused more harm then [*Something sensationalist].

  26. Kiefer Lamb

    Kiefer Lamb

    10 dögum síðan

    Let the bidding begin: £502

  27. Black Stick

    Black Stick

    10 dögum síðan

    Tom was the voice actor

  28. zijuiy wttuy

    zijuiy wttuy

    11 dögum síðan

    Let’s take a moment to appreciate that Tom probably spent as much on voice actors on Fiverr as this family on buying back the island

  29. Draeas

    Draeas

    11 dögum síðan

    _"Inter arma enim silent leges."_ - In times of war, the law falls silent.

  30. Jack Kraken

    Jack Kraken

    11 dögum síðan

    Finally an island I can afford. I'm placing my bid of 502 pounds please.

    • zijuiy wttuy

      zijuiy wttuy

      11 dögum síðan

      I’m writing my letter to the Prime Minister to buy the island for $500.

  31. dennis reeves

    dennis reeves

    11 dögum síðan

    what a twat - just having a go being a smart arse with the joy of hindsight

  32. Carl Trotter

    Carl Trotter

    11 dögum síðan

    0:31 - Thanks for pointing it out. That is an attitude that I wish more people had. Scotland’s risk of becoming independent only gets worse because of attitudes like that. -Carl, Glasgow.

  33. fdfac

    fdfac

    11 dögum síðan

    The color space and subtle changes are remarkable. Great production value.

  34. H G

    H G

    12 dögum síðan

    “Inter arma silent leges”

  35. DUCKONAROLL

    DUCKONAROLL

    12 dögum síðan

    2:37 i hate myself for noticing this

  36. RaptorJesus

    RaptorJesus

    12 dögum síðan

    "From all the world, Germany-" A German. In the 80s. Wanting to buy an "Anthrax Island". How is that not a Bond Villain origin story?

  37. Uekiguy

    Uekiguy

    12 dögum síðan

    Cyanide Island for sale: contact me.

  38. The Ultimate Reductionist

    The Ultimate Reductionist

    12 dögum síðan

    500 pounds or best offer: Me: ok.. can I trade my electric tricycle for it?

  39. The Ultimate Reductionist

    The Ultimate Reductionist

    12 dögum síðan

    Murdering sheep was unjustified, unless they were wild sheep whom we had no control over eventually dying anyway. Learn antinatalist animal rights (AAR).

  40. BeanieMan

    BeanieMan

    12 dögum síðan

    It's a shame there's not a castle on that island, then we could have quite literally found the unfortunately named castle anthrax

  41. Mrinmoy Roy

    Mrinmoy Roy

    12 dögum síðan

    So I can still buy it for 500 pounds, right? Should I to Borris Johnson?

  42. Nah

    Nah

    12 dögum síðan

    Hi Tom, I am interested in buying your island, my offer is £750, please let me know

  43. Szymon Starzycki

    Szymon Starzycki

    12 dögum síðan

    Having James Vitch voice in there is exactly the level of details "The Greatest Title Sequence I've Ever Seen" video praised. Good work!

  44. Iraqiboi999

    Iraqiboi999

    12 dögum síðan

    I actually like your old videos better then your new ones there’s nothing wrong with the new one I actually like the new one but In MY OPINION I like your old videos.

  45. Caged

    Caged

    12 dögum síðan

    I’m writing my letter to the Prime Minister to buy the island for $500.

  46. fouoii gyhh

    fouoii gyhh

    13 dögum síðan

    Tom’s getting surprised by his videos a lot lately. I like the feeling that we’re both learning

  47. Peter Dunlop

    Peter Dunlop

    13 dögum síðan

    Who advised Tom Scott on pronunciation? The letter i in Gruinard comes before the n, not after it. The correct pronunciation is Groon-ard, not Grunn-yard.

    • fouoii gyhh

      fouoii gyhh

      13 dögum síðan

      "acting like we own the place" that was a funny thing. And so true. It seems to have happened all around the world.

  48. yash charkhi

    yash charkhi

    13 dögum síðan

    SUBSCRIBE!!!!!!!!! HIM

    • yash charkhi

      yash charkhi

      13 dögum síðan

      Please do

  49. 보람영일

    보람영일

    13 dögum síðan

    The muddled zinc simultaneously argue because aluminium occasionally drown given a daffy mist. scandalous, uneven plaster

  50. Miki's Gaming

    Miki's Gaming

    13 dögum síðan

    i swear the Australian one is stig whemes.

  51. WhatNow Sami

    WhatNow Sami

    13 dögum síðan

    I'm from Ethiopia... The f would someone in Ethiopia get from owning an island in Scotland?!!! This is crazy

  52. Grant Buote

    Grant Buote

    13 dögum síðan

    so did the original owners buy it back from the gov't for 500 quid?

  53. bird up

    bird up

    13 dögum síðan

    4:58 I felt that

  54. Ptao Tom

    Ptao Tom

    14 dögum síðan

    "I am prepared to offer £501 immediately" sounded so much like one of James Veitch's sketches

  55. skatemetrix

    skatemetrix

    14 dögum síðan

    Now anthrax-free!

  56. Jay Ket

    Jay Ket

    14 dögum síðan

    great video tom

    • Ptao Tom

      Ptao Tom

      14 dögum síðan

      Æ

  57. Dylan

    Dylan

    14 dögum síðan

    People don’t understand why we need to test these substances, without any knowledge of how to stop, cure or abolish a “problem” we leave our selfs open to an opportunity of destruction. The basic of all concept to get the point is flinching before you get hurt, your body’s aware of the danger and reacts. If you’ve never seen or experienced “danger” you’ll never recognize when it’s coming.

  58. Onii-chan is watching you

    Onii-chan is watching you

    14 dögum síðan

    Well at least the real owners weren't hounded with constant letters and phone calls. Tbh, it was quite an effective false flag operation.

  59. Chandan Bhowal

    Chandan Bhowal

    14 dögum síðan

    Bruh the voice actors 😭😭😭

  60. Clayton Erickson

    Clayton Erickson

    14 dögum síðan

    Anthrax is natural. Whats the big deal?

  61. Rheza

    Rheza

    14 dögum síðan

    I accidentally unsubscribe then I forgot the name of your Chanel so i typed "that british guy that explains things" and here im back 👍👍👍

  62. yaliso gioouy

    yaliso gioouy

    15 dögum síðan

    "acting like we own the place" that was a funny thing. And so true. It seems to have happened all around the world.

  63. Aleksandar Grozdanoski

    Aleksandar Grozdanoski

    15 dögum síðan

    I knew about this island, I don't even remember how I discovered the story few years ago. I'm not sure if it's rendered completely safe though.

    • yaliso gioouy

      yaliso gioouy

      15 dögum síðan

      Let’s take a moment to appreciate that Tom probably spent as much on voice actors on Fiverr as this family on buying back the island

  64. SalvSays

    SalvSays

    15 dögum síðan

    When i send a letter to Scotland offering to buy this island, would you like to be directly mentioned as the reason to my inquiry? For example Tom scott famous ISbothsr stated i could buy your island for 501 pounds

  65. Bike DXer

    Bike DXer

    15 dögum síðan

    The island looks very bleak and dead with all its three bushes.

  66. Jonathan Denni

    Jonathan Denni

    15 dögum síðan

    Did the government penalize the news organizations for false reporting causing a public nuisance?

  67. Philip Jones

    Philip Jones

    15 dögum síðan

    I do wonder if the original owners decided to purchase the island back for the aforementioned £500?

  68. Рома Почаев

    Рома Почаев

    15 dögum síðan

    at this point I can mute the audio, turn on subtitles and still be able to hear Tom's voice just fine

  69. strange lee

    strange lee

    15 dögum síðan

    Hannibal Lecter takes long walks there.

  70. Wiliam m

    Wiliam m

    15 dögum síðan

    Æ

  71. Alex Noman

    Alex Noman

    15 dögum síðan

    Imagine writing to the president/chancellor/PM so they can forward your letter to the correct bureaucrat. The sheer amount of delusion on display is staggering! I still hope most of these are a joke, but it really seems like thinking has gone out of fashion.

  72. Miroslav Houdek

    Miroslav Houdek

    15 dögum síðan

    Makes me feel sad that I don't even have 500 quid for the island.

  73. Trabber Shir

    Trabber Shir

    15 dögum síðan

    Before starting to watch, is this one of those video titles the AI gave you?

  74. Colm Hauser

    Colm Hauser

    15 dögum síðan

    Did this channel used to be called Enyay?

  75. Altaranalt

    Altaranalt

    15 dögum síðan

    These videos are so good. Really enjoy watching them!

  76. adinwashere

    adinwashere

    15 dögum síðan

    The Press lie??? I'm shocked!

  77. Marcia Lindsay

    Marcia Lindsay

    15 dögum síðan

    So.. wanna go halvsies?

  78. Bolia Fops

    Bolia Fops

    15 dögum síðan

    Let’s take a moment to appreciate that Tom probably spent as much on voice actors on Fiverr as this family on buying back the island

  79. Alexandre P. Monferrari

    Alexandre P. Monferrari

    15 dögum síðan

    The quality of your channel is in the subtle details. An englishman respectful of scotland won that video for me. And i m latin american...

    • Bolia Fops

      Bolia Fops

      15 dögum síðan

      Dear Tom, please forward my offer of 500 Kg for the Scottish island to the correct channels. Thank you.

  80. reggiep75

    reggiep75

    15 dögum síðan

    I'd buy it.. Dear Mr Scott, I hear you recently visited an island of great significance.................... 😉😂🤣😂🤣

  81. Sam Cyanide

    Sam Cyanide

    15 dögum síðan

    wheelie island

  82. David

    David

    15 dögum síðan

    Tom Scott for sale, starting bid 500£ Contact directly gruinard island

  83. Allan Peda

    Allan Peda

    16 dögum síðan

    I thought you were talking about Plum Island.

  84. Rick Woods

    Rick Woods

    16 dögum síðan

    Most of this video makes me seasick

  85. Soinas Doyi

    Soinas Doyi

    16 dögum síðan

    Imagine just scrolling on ebay and seeing a fooking Scottish island being sold for £500 today, that would be wild.

  86. softy8088

    softy8088

    16 dögum síðan

    The amount of things the press gets wrong is astounding. Only a small percentage of mistakes ever get corrections.

    • Soinas Doyi

      Soinas Doyi

      16 dögum síðan

      What about the Slayer suburbs, Pantera peninsula or Megadeth beach?

  87. ceffydriver

    ceffydriver

    16 dögum síðan

    So if you built a castle on the island, it would make it castle Anthrax right?

  88. frigginjerk

    frigginjerk

    16 dögum síðan

    Is there a castle on the island, by any chance? Perhaps one with a Grail-shaped beacon?

  89. Brenton Moore

    Brenton Moore

    16 dögum síðan

    Tom could title a video 'The Fart the moved Spain Two Inches East' and I probably wouldn't be more purturbed than usual.

  90. fatehyabali

    fatehyabali

    16 dögum síðan

    🥚

  91. Lifecraft

    Lifecraft

    16 dögum síðan

    Dr. Lecter approves.

  92. bilij pdan

    bilij pdan

    16 dögum síðan

    Imagine just scrolling on ebay and seeing a fooking Scottish island being sold for £500 today, that would be wild.

  93. Different Saturner

    Different Saturner

    16 dögum síðan

    Killing hope! How the earliest form of 'virus test' started. It wasn't the virus but the same IMO. I wish you upload another video in 20 years explaining how the c virus was created & did spread by those criminal business syndicates, big pharma with the help of the Govts of all countries. (Thu 03 June 2021 12h31)

  94. Ryan Peteranna (RatherRyan)

    Ryan Peteranna (RatherRyan)

    16 dögum síðan

    I would like to buy it for £502.

  95. sarcasmo57

    sarcasmo57

    16 dögum síðan

    Dear Tom, please forward my offer of 500 Kg for the Scottish island to the correct channels. Thank you.

  96. Munjee

    Munjee

    16 dögum síðan

    Tom, you last name is literally Scott, you're more of a Scottsman coming to the Midlands and pretending you own the place

  97. Torhek The Great

    Torhek The Great

    16 dögum síðan

    I swear that ever since the AI titles video, it seems that every single one of the titles for the new videos are AI generated

  98. ScottyDM aka: Scott Miller

    ScottyDM aka: Scott Miller

    16 dögum síðan

    Never mind the island, what's happening with Castle Anthrax? Did they ever manage to evict those nuns?

  99. sotuur aeei

    sotuur aeei

    16 dögum síðan

    Imagine just scrolling on ebay and seeing a fooking Scottish island being sold for £500 today, that would be wild.

  100. Robbie Weld

    Robbie Weld

    16 dögum síðan

    wow great video, it's made me come to the decision that I will kill myself

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