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…

Alexandrina, Alexina and Alice

Sometimes people are really hard to find in a census, they might not even be there at all, while a small number are recorded twice. A tweet by Paul Chiddicks of Chiddicks Family Tree about double recording reminded me that I’d come across an example. When I looked at the detail it turned out to  |  more…

Older posts in this category...