Friday 14th December 2018,
Frontiers Magazine

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Plate-Tectonics

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
Letitia Hargrave

Letitia Hargrave in the Nor’ Wast

In 1837 HBC Chief Trader James Hargrave went Home to Scotland to find a suitable wife. It was the fashionable thing to do. As one old trader said, ‘the novelty of getting Hudson Bay stocked with European Ladys’ meant jaunts ‘with no other view than that of getting spliced to some fair Belinda.’ Letitia MacTavish [...]

March 14, 2013 Morag MacInnes People Past & Present 0
An Imaginary Portrait of Washington Irving

Washington Irving and his Orkney family origins

Washington Irving (1783-1859) was the first American writer to be famous outside America. His two most successful books, Diedrich Knickerbocker’s History of New York 1809 and The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon 1819 are not well known now but their effect on popular culture was wide and long-lasting. The History of New York was a comic [...]

March 8, 2013 Patricia Long People Past & Present 0