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Who is a ‘black sheep’?

In each community there are people who are ‘different’, in varying ways. Some are well known and people keep a friendly eye on them; others are looked at askance, with mistrust even. The phrase ‘black sheep’ seems to apply to those whose behaviour deviates from their family or society’s norms and who thus become outcasts  |  more…

“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…

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