That seems odd when you take into account the island population was double what it is now during the late 1800’s. Just goes to show how wasteful of resources like water the modern lifestyle is. The water these distilleries use is metered no? Hopefully if they’re not using native peat filter water they pay their fair share for the upkeep and development of the local water supplies. I just spent the last hour going through the Wikipedia page on Islay. Seems to me the Island has always been in the ownership of one individual or another; Dominus Insularum—”Lord of the Isles”. Perhaps some day in the future the Island can buy back its own land so that the locally elected government and island inhabitants can take a more self directed approach rather than letting external market economics dictate the course of business. That would be a first in the Islands long and complex history.