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 “Six 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…

Taxes, tacksman, taxing ancestry

Taxes, not the most immediately appealing topic for the #52ancestors challenge but it is a challenge after all so here goes. I’m looking at William Sinclair (c1770?-aft 2 Jun 1841?), one of my maternal x4 great grandfathers. He lived in Stronsay, Orkney, was married to Barbara Miller and they had at least five children: Isabella  |  more…

The maiden aunt

Typical isn’t it, I write about maiden aunts for three of the last four weeks under different topics, and then this week’s  #52ancestor challenge topic is ‘The maiden aunt’! So I’ve had to cast more widely. Isabella H Groundwater (1853-1929) Isabella was a younger sister of Tomima Groundwater, my maternal grandfather’s mother.  She was born  |  more…

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