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Picking Roots

The cures of Hudson’s Bay

The Hudson’s Bay Company, which celebrated its 350th anniversary last year, had an immense economic impact on Orkney in a time of otherwise little opportunity, providing income and employment locally and to many hundreds of men who went to work for it in northern Canada. The voyage from Stromness to the James Bay area of [...]

May 18, 2021 Mary Leonard Archaeology & History, Spring Issue 2021 Comments Off
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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
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The call of the mountains

At just 32 years old Tristan Cameron Harper is already known by a number of distinct identities – professional ice-hockey player, model, Mr Scotland 2016/17, and kilted yogi. Today, all those identities have merged into Tristan Cameron-Harper, mountain guide and nature lover, a man with a passion for the wilds, the elements and the mysteries [...]

May 13, 2021 Mary Leonard Countryside, Spring Issue 2021 Comments Off
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The mystery of the oaks

Here are two extracts from scientific papers of recent years. One of them must be wrong. The first one is a map showing how Quercus (oak) gradually reappeared across Britain and Ireland after the Ice Age. It’s been built up from various finds, and pictures a northwards spread of oak through contour lines, with each [...]

April 17, 2021 Steve Webster Archaeology & History, Spring Issue 2021 Comments Off

Along the tide-mark

The word ‘foraging’ brings images of journeys among hedgerows and fields for wild foods – herbs, berries, nuts, wild garlic and mushrooms – but it happens on the shore as well. For Martin Gray, one of the most experienced and well known explorers of Orkney’s shorelines, beachcombing is not simply the delight in finding an [...]

November 15, 2020 Mary Leonard Spring Issue 2021, Stories from the Islands Comments Off