Professor Wither’s talk was fascinating. His contention was that islands emerge through mapping.
A turf cutting ceremony has taken place at Lyness, marking the start of work to restore and improve the Scapa Flow Museum.
On the 1st of September 1914 The last passenger pigeon, a female named Martha, dies in captivity in the Cincinnati Zoo.
“I’m grateful to Flora Brown for allowing me to copy several photos of the ‘Shadowfax’ lying in the basin in Kirkwall”
On 25 August, in 1330, Sir James Douglas, known as “The Black Douglas“, The Good Sir James, hero of the Scottish Wars of Independence, died.
“His bust at Ružomberok City Hall was unveiled in 1937 as thanks for testimony on Černová tragedy 1907.”
A right bonnie one in memory of Steven Miller
Scapa 100: The Orkney Story a 3 day conference will be held in Stromness, Orkney from the 17th – 20th October 2019.
On 18 August 1746 Arthur Elphinstone, Lord Balmerino, the Jacobite noble, was executed.
Murdoch Mackenzie’s 1750 chart of Orkney led to a revolution in mapmaking and was the standard work for navigators until the modern admiralty chart.