Tuesday 28th September 2021,
Frontiers Magazine

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The clock, the fax, and the genius from Watten

Alexander Bain was one of the most prolific inventors of the 19th century, and is one of the least remembered. His inventions are all the more remarkable given his background. Born in 1810 near Watten in Caithness, his father was a tenant crofter and Alexander was one of six sons and six daughters. He left [...]

May 14, 2021 John Mellis People Past & Present, Spring Issue 2021 Comments Off
Shackleton and his men (painting by Paola Folicaldi Suh)

Sailing with Shackleton – an Orkney link

One of the great voyages of history was made by Commander Frank Worsley, going with Shackleton to South Georgia in a small boat to seek help for their fellow crew members, stranded on Elephant Island. Frank Worsley knew Orkney well – and in addition, he learned some of his seamanship when sailing with an Orkney [...]

May 10, 2021 Patricia Long People Past & Present Comments Off
The Swan – restored Shetland herring boat (Swan collection)

The Cod Hunters

The Cod Hunters tells the story of the Shetlanders who fished for cod around the north Atlantic in their cod sailing smacks. Fishing at Greenland, Iceland, Faroe and Rockall, the cod smacks returned with cargoes of salt cod which were then dried on Shetland beaches before being exported to Spain. Salt cod is the main [...]

May 26, 2020 John Goodlad People Past & Present, Stories from the Islands Comments Off

Sam and the islands

Prof. R. J. (Sam) Berry, born on 26th October 1934, died on 29th March 2018. He had a deep love of Orkney and its wildlife, environment and people, and this tribute was published in the Orkney Field Club Bulletin of 2019. He was christened Robert James, but everyone called him Sam. He’d grown up in [...]

March 22, 2020 Howie Firth People Past & Present Comments Off

A Toast to Peggie Gibson

Peggie Gibson was a much appreciated teacher in North Fara and Kirkwall and one of the now almost legendary group of Stromness Academy pupils whose end-of term trip on the tug Flying Kestrel in Scapa Flow on 21 June 1919 made them eyewitnesses to the scuttling of the German High Seas Fleet. She was the [...]

November 1, 2019 Gary Gibson People Past & Present Comments Off

Eddington’s universe

Whenever the poet George Mackay Brown reorganised his library, getting rid of some of the overspill, some books from younger years would always remain. There was the first Penguin book from 1935, a biography of Shelley by André Maurois; and Penguin number 3, Poet’s Pub by Eric Linklater. And there was also a book on [...]

November 16, 2018 Howie Firth Going Further, People Past & Present Comments Off

Christian Robertson, Stromness shipping-agent and merchant

With the second edition of The Biographical Dictionary of Scottish Women soon to be published, notable Orkney women were the subject of all six One O’Clock Toasts at the daily lunches of Orkney fare at the Peedie Kirk in this year’s Orkney International Science Festival. And as Jocelyn Rendall pointed out in her toast, the [...]

October 8, 2018 Jocelyn Rendall People Past & Present Comments Off

Bessie Millie: Stromness’s First Renewables Entrepreneur

The lunches of Orkney fare at the Peedie Kirk are among the highlights of the Festival each year, with the One O’Clock Toast to a notable Orcadian. For this year Harvey Johnston went back two centuries to a lady in Stromness who was visited by Sir Walter Scott. She lived on Brinkies Brae and sold [...]

September 25, 2018 Harvey Johnston People Past & Present Comments Off

Memories of Robert Shaw

Archie Bevan’s tribute to Robert Shaw was broadcast on BBC Radio Orkney in August 1978 following the actor’s death. It was read by Archie’s son Graham as a One O’Clock Toast in the Peedie Kirk Hall in the 2016 Orkney International Science Festival, and by a very happy coincidence Robert Shaw’s brother and sister and [...]

June 12, 2018 Archie Bevan People Past & Present Comments Off

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