Euphemia Sandison (c1819-1905), a woman’s life

Some people really make an impression, even dead people. Euphemia Sandison is one of them. I first came across her over ten years ago in the 1861 census for Walls, Orkney, the subject of my postgraduate genealogy certificate project. In that census, she was 41, single, a domestic servant, born in Walls and living in  |  more…

Tragedies

Island communities were only too familiar with loss of life at sea, not least fishermen. North Walls and Brims were no exception. In many cases more than one person was drowned, sometimes from the same family group; the death of the breadwinner made the consequences even worse. The loss of the Longhope Lifeboat with the  |  more…

The Crockness Martello Tower

The Martello Tower at Crockness in North Walls, Hoy, Orkney bears witness to the strategic importance of the island and of Scapa Flow in several wars. It stands on the shore just around from the Ruff of Crockness, near to Towerhouse, the farm name undoubtedly deriving from the monument. Why was it built? The tower  |  more…

Older posts in this category...