Letters: Looking for the Spence Family of Birsay

envelopeDear Orkney News,

My Spence ancestors were born in Birsay Orkney and have been able to track my ancestors to 1575 in Birsay.

My g-g-g grandparents were John Spence and Jean Spence and they owned a farm in Quethacloth Birsay in 1841 and in 1851 it was called Whitclat or Whiclatt according the census taken back then.

My g-g grandfather was called Jacob Spence was Born: 1826 Birsay Died: 1871 Melbourne and he travelled to Melbourne Australia in 1854.

I was wondering if anybody knew or was related to my Spence ancestors that could help me with some information on my ancestors and their life in Birsay Orkney.

Malcolm Spence

Birsay old map

Buckquoy Earls Palace Brough_of Birsay Ordinance survey one inch 1912 By OS [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

3 replies »

    • Dear Cathleen ,
      I am happy you got in touch as I have read your article about my Spence ancestors form Whitclatt./Quoythacloth Birsay in the Orkney family history newsletter and have been wanting to get in touch with you for a while now.Any info you have will be greatly appreciated.

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