The black sheep of the family?

My great great uncle Nicol Slater/Sclater* was the black sheep of the family. He left his young family in Orkney, went off to Canada and never returned. The name Nicol, shared with his father and grandfather, was not used again for two generations. I’d assumed that he left and never contacted his family again so  |  more…

Storms of life

Storms are a fairly common occurrence in Orkney where the majority of my known ancestors lived their lives. I have a newspaper cutting from the mid 1960s with the headline “Five weeks of gales without let up”. Storm is not used so much: “gey windy”, “blowan a gale” or “right coorse” would be more common  |  more…

Old homestead

The farm of Kebro stands on a rise at the head of the Germiston road, with an uninterrupted view down over the Kirbister loch and out to Scapa Flow. It is about 350m off the main road, in the parish of Orphir, Orkney, very close to the border with Stenness. A place for people Old  |  more…

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