20 years of children’s deaths in a 19th century island community

I’ve recently been looking at death records for the North Walls and Brims area, Orkney, Scotland, and one of my questions was “Were there many who died as young children?” I have a partial answer from the wonderful Populations Past website, the Atlas of Victorian and Edwardian Population. That site shows that in 1861 the  |  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…