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“Red-letter day for Lifeboat crew”

“Eight Longhope heroes honoured at Kirkwall”; “Medal and Diploma Awards from French Government”. Three of the headlines and sub-headlines in the Orkney Herald, 14 October 1936. What had they done and why were they being honoured? The events of Friday 21 February 1936 On the evening of 21 February 1936 the French steam trawler Neptunia,  |  more…

Wellbraes, Crockness

Location map In the censuses Crofters’ Commission/Scottish Land Court records Valuation rolls Melsetter estate records In the early 1920s, John GF Ross, my grandfather, took over the tenancy of Wellbraes, Crockness, and moved there in 1921 with his wife, Walterina, young son Jim, his parents John GH and Ann Ross, also his sister Mary Ann.  |  more…

Greenburn, Crockness

Location map In the censuses Crofters’ Commission/Scottish Land Court records Valuation rolls Melsetter estate records In the censuses The name Green Burn is first recorded in the 1901 census; Greenburn in 1911. Before that most places in Crockness were simply recorded as Crockness with nothing else to distinguish them. Looking at names and which crofts  |  more…

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