Friday 24th November 2017,
Frontiers Magazine

Browsing the "People Past & Present" Category

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A Swedish Orcadian

Gunnie was born in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1941. Later Gunnie Moberg would say she would like to be remembered as a Swedish Orcadian. And it is that embedding of Orkney into the identity of Gunnie and the symbiotic nature of that relationship between artist and place that I would like to draw you to today. [...]

October 6, 2017 Rebecca Marr People Past & Present Comments Off
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Jim Robertson: maths teacher and musician

Among the people commemorated in the One O’Clock Toast at the Peedie Kirk this year was Jim Robertson, maths teacher and musician, remembered by one of his former pupils, Howie Firth. It was around 1959 when I remember reading in the Stromness and Round About column in The Orcadian about changes in the maths department [...]

September 19, 2017 Howie Firth People Past & Present Comments Off
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Courage and determination

The writer Ann Scott-Moncrieff was the subject of one of the One O’Clock Toasts in the 2015 Orkney International Science Festival. As a young reporter for The Orcadian, her account of flying across the Pentland Firth – as the first Orcadian to do so – created a climate of interest in Orkney in the development [...]

March 13, 2016 Gavin Scott Moncrieff People Past & Present Comments Off
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James Petrie Chalmers – Pioneer of Vision

He was born in Tankerness and worked at The Orkney Herald, and he went to America in search of opportunity. And when he died in 1912, his funeral in New York was attended by many leading names in the film industry. He had become a leading name himself by creating a weekly magazine that was [...]

February 7, 2016 Moya McDonald People Past & Present Comments Off
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Remembering Gerry

The death of Gerald “Gerry” Meyer, former editor of Britain’s first wartime forces newspaper, severed one of the last remaining links between Orkney and the vast garrison stationed in the islands during the Second World War. After The Orkney Blast, Gerry went on to edit The Orcadian, the local newspaper, for 36 years during which [...]

August 20, 2015 Magnus Grimond People Past & Present Comments Off
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A Man of Many Gifts

The writings of T. Ratcliffe Barnett appear from time to time on our pages, through his atmospheric descriptions of travels through Scotland, visiting places like Cromarty, the birthplace of the geologist Hugh Miller. His own story is that of a man with great abilities and warm humanity, as Christine Muir describes. Although I knew that [...]

March 9, 2015 Christine Muir People Past & Present Comments Off
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Balfour Stewart: Sun, clouds and inspiration

Balfour Stewart (1828-1887) was born in Edinburgh but his father was a younger son of the Stewarts of Brugh in Westray and his mother was a daughter of William Clouston, minister of Stromness and Sandwick. Stewart spent two years at the University of Edinburgh, then left without completing his degree and was apprenticed to his [...]

July 15, 2014 Patricia Long People Past & Present Comments Off
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Scotland’s Time Lords

Today we have a comprehensive view of how the Earth works – the modern paradigm of Plate Tectonics. Yet, we forget how recent this model is and to give credit to the many Scots scientists who laid the foundation for this ‘Big Idea’ in science. James Hutton, medic, chemist, farmer and the Father of Modern [...]

July 15, 2014 Stuart Monro People Past & Present Comments Off
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Sutherland Simpson: From Saraquoy to Cornell

It used to be said that Orkney’s two main exports were eggs and professors. Our annual egg production peaked in 1957 at 78 million; our per capita production of professors is almost as noteworthy. Scientists almost to a man, they were usually fortunate enough to have had a gifted teacher such as Magnus Spence or [...]

August 6, 2013 Patricia Long People Past & Present Comments Off
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John D. Mackay: Man of Letters

The John D. Mackay Memorial Lecture each year commemorates the life and work of a brilliant man and inspiring teacher who opened up fresh horizons in education and in the community. A toast to John D. was given in the 2012 Festival by one of his former pupils, Dr Tom Rendall. John D. Mackay was [...]

July 6, 2013 Tom Rendall People Past & Present Comments Off