It tells the story of how 19-year-old Joseph went out to West Africa to assist an established merchant, returned home 11 years later a rich man and what he did next.
The Stromness Traders in Strawplait
Stromness strawplait trader Andrew Young lived in Alfred Street
David Ramsay: Merchant of Kirkwall
He was to become one of the most important traders in Kirkwall but David Ramsay was not from Orkney. What brought him to the islands in the early years of the 19th century and what drove his success?
George and James McBeath: Merchants of Kirkwall
This is the story of how one son built upon his father’s pioneering business to make a great success in his own right.
William Bews: Merchant of Kirkwall
William Bews shop was at 12 Albert Street, Kirkwall
John Tait: Merchant of Kirkwall
By sheer hard work and canny business sense John Tait built up his business in Albert Street supplying other traders and people throughout the islands.