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

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!

Filmed safely:

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  • 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.

    Tom ScottTom Scott25 dagar sedan
    • Omg I was just on holiday there where were you 😅

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

      macronencermacronencer17 dagar sedan
    • im wondering who the voice artists are as i think i recognise one from an audiobook.

      Miki's GamingMiki's Gaming17 dagar sedan
    • 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!

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    • 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 🥰

      Sarah WhiteSarah White19 dagar sedan
  • The group that put the contaminated soil in front of the government did a great job. Glad they never got caught. Keep up the good work.

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  • At least it wasn’t an anthrax lab conveniently located next to an outbreak of anthrax.

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  • They should sell it to Scott Ian of Anthrax.

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  • 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.

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

    A LaputaA Laputa4 dagar sedan
    • 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.

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  • 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.

    Abigail FenniganAbigail Fennigan5 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    CharlieCharlie7 dagar sedan
  • Just like Britain didn't mislead young privates into being used for experiments 😂 good one Tom.

    CharlieCharlie7 dagar sedan
  • It doesn't sound abhorrent whilst we're in the middle of a pandemic created in a Chinese lab.

    Kenny BruntonKenny Brunton7 dagar sedan
  • Banana 🍌

    Internet ThingsInternet Things7 dagar sedan
  • So your saying it DOESNT have anthrax anymore and it only cost £500???

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  • Thank you!

    SnopFopSnopFop8 dagar sedan
  • 5:08 HEY, MISSUS PRIME MINISTA! MAGGIE! Ay mate! What's the offer? One thousand dollarydoos?!

    MrMatteNWkMrMatteNWk9 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    Mitch ThompsonMitch Thompson10 dagar sedan
  • I am here because someone said there was a surprisingly cheap Scottish island for sale, who do I see about it?

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

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

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  • That was an especially nice touch, Clarice.

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  • I think Tom Scott's job is really amazing

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

    Liron ChenLiron Chen11 dagar sedan
  • 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?

    Hayden Westfield-BellHayden Westfield-Bell12 dagar sedan
  • Scotland the slave. Dumping ground for English nukes and experiments. No surrender to Anglo-Saxons. Free soon. Up the SNLA and Dark Harvest haha

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

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  • 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.

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

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  • 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"

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

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  • Let the bidding begin: £502

    Kiefer LambKiefer Lamb14 dagar sedan
  • Tom was the voice actor

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  • 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

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

    DraeasDraeas15 dagar sedan
  • Finally an island I can afford. I'm placing my bid of 502 pounds please.

    Jack KrakenJack Kraken15 dagar sedan
    • I’m writing my letter to the Prime Minister to buy the island for $500.

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

    dennis reevesdennis reeves15 dagar sedan
  • 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.

    Carl TrotterCarl Trotter15 dagar sedan
  • The color space and subtle changes are remarkable. Great production value.

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  • “Inter arma silent leges”

    H GH G15 dagar sedan
  • 2:37 i hate myself for noticing this

  • "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?

    RaptorJesusRaptorJesus15 dagar sedan
  • Cyanide Island for sale: contact me.

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

    The Ultimate ReductionistThe Ultimate Reductionist15 dagar sedan
  • Murdering sheep was unjustified, unless they were wild sheep whom we had no control over eventually dying anyway. Learn antinatalist animal rights (AAR).

    The Ultimate ReductionistThe Ultimate Reductionist15 dagar sedan
  • It's a shame there's not a castle on that island, then we could have quite literally found the unfortunately named castle anthrax

    BeanieManBeanieMan15 dagar sedan
  • So I can still buy it for 500 pounds, right? Should I to Borris Johnson?

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

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

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  • 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.

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

    CagedCaged16 dagar sedan
  • Tom’s getting surprised by his videos a lot lately. I like the feeling that we’re both learning

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  • 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.

    Peter DunlopPeter Dunlop16 dagar sedan
    • "acting like we own the place" that was a funny thing. And so true. It seems to have happened all around the world.

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  • SUBSCRIBE!!!!!!!!! HIM

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    • Please do

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  • i swear the Australian one is stig whemes.

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

    WhatNow SamiWhatNow Sami17 dagar sedan
  • so did the original owners buy it back from the gov't for 500 quid?

    Grant BuoteGrant Buote17 dagar sedan
  • 4:58 I felt that

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

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  • Now anthrax-free!

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  • great video tom

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    • Æ

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  • 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.

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

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  • Bruh the voice actors 😭😭😭

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  • Anthrax is natural. Whats the big deal?

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

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

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  • 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.

    Aleksandar GrozdanoskiAleksandar Grozdanoski18 dagar sedan
    • 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

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  • 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 SEcroner stated i could buy your island for 501 pounds

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

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

    Jonathan DenniJonathan Denni18 dagar sedan
  • I do wonder if the original owners decided to purchase the island back for the aforementioned £500?

    Philip JonesPhilip Jones18 dagar sedan
  • at this point I can mute the audio, turn on subtitles and still be able to hear Tom's voice just fine

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  • Hannibal Lecter takes long walks there.

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  • 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.

    Alex NomanAlex Noman19 dagar sedan
  • Makes me feel sad that I don't even have 500 quid for the island.

    Miroslav HoudekMiroslav Houdek19 dagar sedan
  • Before starting to watch, is this one of those video titles the AI gave you?

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  • Did this channel used to be called Enyay?

    Colm HauserColm Hauser19 dagar sedan
  • These videos are so good. Really enjoy watching them!

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  • The Press lie??? I'm shocked!

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  • So.. wanna go halvsies?

    Marcia LindsayMarcia Lindsay19 dagar sedan
  • 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

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  • 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...

    Alexandre P. MonferrariAlexandre P. Monferrari19 dagar sedan
    • Dear Tom, please forward my offer of 500 Kg for the Scottish island to the correct channels. Thank you.

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

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  • wheelie island

    Sam CyanideSam Cyanide19 dagar sedan
  • Tom Scott for sale, starting bid 500£ Contact directly gruinard island

    DavidDavid19 dagar sedan
  • I thought you were talking about Plum Island.

    Allan PedaAllan Peda19 dagar sedan
  • Most of this video makes me seasick

    Rick WoodsRick Woods19 dagar sedan
  • Imagine just scrolling on ebay and seeing a fooking Scottish island being sold for £500 today, that would be wild.

    Soinas DoyiSoinas Doyi19 dagar sedan
  • The amount of things the press gets wrong is astounding. Only a small percentage of mistakes ever get corrections.

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

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

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

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

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  • 🥚

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  • Dr. Lecter approves.

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

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  • 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)

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  • I would like to buy it for £502.

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

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

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  • 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

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