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Sharing Shetland Surnames - 2017

April 25th, 2017

Following on from the highly successful projects last year the Society has two projects simmering away now for launch during the year.

Latest issue of Coontin Kin now available

March 23rd, 2017

The latest edition of the society magazine Coontin Kin is now available and is full of interesting material.

Issue number 87

Articles in this issue:

David Aitken – Soldier from Shetland. Written by Isobel Chiswell(member 453)it tells the tale of David (Davie) Nicolson, born in Scalloway on 14th June 1887. Davie’s early life is a sad tale of the early death of his mother. The story develops, he jumps ship in Canada then goes on to serve that country in the Great War.

Jottings by a Shetlander (continued). The second part of the Michael Tait’s tale. The Remarkable will of James Inkster by Dr Alan M Beattie (member 2). James Inkster (1739-1816), born in Burra on 20th May 1739 and was residing in Smyrna (now Izmir), Turkey when his last will was penned. It is indeed a remarkably detailed document for a man who’s life took him far from his homeland.

A Voyage Round the Horn by David Clark. Detail of the somewhat lengthy journey the sailing ship Blackbraes took with the author’s grandfather aboard around Cape Horn in 1899.

And much more...