Sam's great-great-grandfather, John Markham Dean, bought it in 1869 for just £400. He originally traveled to the island to set up a fish curing business after retiring from his job as a butcher. The island has stayed in the family's possession for all this time, although none of them have lived on the island since the 1950s. Rather, the island has been managed remotely by Sam's mother, Claire, who is based in the UK. The family possessed other islands as well, but they sold them off as time went by. Pebble Island is the last one in their possession, and they are ready to accept a fair offer for the land.