“When my parents bought the farm of Midgarth from the Tait family in 1948, one of the items left in the farmhouse was an intricately carved oak tiller just over a metre long “
Souvenirs – The Pirate John Gow’s boat tiller? Part 1
“John Gow was born in Wick in 1698 then, the following year, moved with his parents, prosperous businessman William Gow and his wife Margaret Calder, to Stromness where he was educated before sailing ‘before the mast’ for a number of years. “
Janet Fea and the Burning of Sound
Thrust into a chair with a sword at her throat, Janet Fea, was forced to watch her house burn to the ground.
The Groatie Hoose
“It was in the early hours of Saturday the 5th of March 1938 that a tremendous fire ripped through the buildings occupied by Gardens drapery, bakery and stores, Bridge Street, Kirkwall”