Some sites you may find useful if your ancestors came from Walls. I am not responsible for the content of these links and inclusion does not mean endorsement. Each link opens a new page.
The Statistical Accounts of Scotland reports for the parish of Walls and Flotta. Don’t be put off by the title. Parish ministers usually wrote the account for each parish, covering all manner of topics from natural history to the number of inns.. The Old Statistical Account (OSA) dates from the 1790s and the New Statistical Account (NSA) from the 1830s/1840s.
Check the National Library of Scotland website for many maps of Orkney.
www.hoyorkney.com – a variety of information about the whole island from the Hoy Development Trust
Photos on Geograph (project aiming to have photos of every km square in the UK) – start in Crockness and move around the area
Family history interest (As with all family history, you are advised to check the original documents yourself)
- Johnstons in Walls, Orkney – deals with North and South Walls families
- Whitton and Ritch Genealogy – the focus is Graemsay, Orkney, but there are Walls folk listed.
- Walls and Flotta deaths (1823-1844) – transcription available on the Flotta Web Guide (other interesting things too on this site about a neighbouring island though it doesn’t seem to have been updated recently)
- Walls war memorial information (Kirkwall Royal British Legion site)
Places to visit
- Longhope Lifeboat Museum – the island has a proud lifeboat history. My great grandfather was member of the first crew.
- Scapa Flow Visitor Centre – in the former naval base of Lyness, North Walls. Nearby is the Royal Naval Cemetery (Commonwealth War Graves Commission website). http://lyness-cemetery.blogspot.co.uk/ has photos of each gravestone.
Check my Orkney links too.