Mugdrum Island
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Mugdrum Island
Mugdrum Island
Gaelic namemuc-dhruim
Meaning of namehog-back
Mugdrum Island is located in Scotland
Mugdrum Island
Mugdrum Island
Mugdrum Island shown within Scotland
OS grid referenceNO225189
Coordinates56°22?N 3°15?W / 56.36°N 3.25°W / 56.36; -3.25
Physical geography
Island groupRiver Tay
Area32 ha
Highest elevation4 m
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Council areaFife
Mugdrum seen from Carpow Hill, Fife

Mugdrum Island lies in the Firth of Tay, offshore from the town of Newburgh, Fife, in the east of Scotland.[3]


Mugdrum is low-lying and reedy, with the "North Deep" and "South Deep" channels on either side of the island. It covers an area of 32 acres (130,000 m2).[3]


Mugdrum's name is from muc-dhruim, the Scottish Gaelic for hog-back. The name is also applied to Mugdrum House[4], to the west of Newburgh in Fife, on the south coast of the Tay opposite the island.[3]

The reeds were once harvested for thatching and for protecting potatoes during transshipment. Until 1926, a 50-acre (200,000 m2) farm grew cereals, potatoes and turnips in the island's alluvial soil. It is now a nature reserve under the stewardship of the Tay Valley Wildfowlers' Association.

The Laing Museum in Newburgh preserves the stuffed body of a two-headed kitten born in the 19th century on Mugdrum.

See also


  1. ^ 2001 UK Census per List of islands of Scotland
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey
  3. ^ a b c "Historical perspective for Mugdrum Island". Gazetteer for Scotland. Retrieved .
  4. ^

External links

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Coordinates: 56°21?22?N 3°15?21?W / 56.35606°N 3.25578°W / 56.35606; -3.25578

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