“It was a time when the two independent nations of England and Scotland shared one king. It was a time of Covenanters and Cavaliers. It was a time of civil war, betrayal and regicide.”
Patrick Stewart, whose father Robert was the son of King James V and Euphemia Elphinstone, had inherited the title Earl of Orkney.
The South of Scotland Electricity Board had applied to sink 11 test bore holes: 2 at Yesnaby, 4 near Blackhall and 5 at the Mill of Cairston.
“ we lived in an eerie borderland between the seen and the unseen worlds” F.M. McNeill
“the inhabitants of Stromness did resolve to assert their natural liberties and therefore did refuse any longer to submit to this imposition”
‘These immense blocks of stone stood around the pirate in the grey light of the dawning, like the phantom forms of antediluvian giants.’ Sir Walter Scott
Nick wanted to construct a greener alternative to traditional house building methods and built his home out of straw bales.
Very little remains of what was once a massive airfield in World War 2 set up to protect the Royal Navy’s fleet at Scapa Flow.
“Music is a higher revelation than all wisdom and philosophy” (Beethoven)
“Surprisingly there are few major injuries at The Ba and spectators wisely move quickly out the way as the thunder of men in pursuit nears them.”