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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 90

Articles in this issue:

The latest issue of the society magazine Coontin Kin is now available. Issue no.90 has the usual range of contributed articles and includes:

 Private John Archibald Ingram 54th Canadian Infantry

 The latest research from the Scotland’s War team has unearthed the detail of a Shetland born man John Ingram from Unst who died East of Ypres in 1916.

 Captain John Isbester of Whiteness 1852-1913 written by Captain Jack Isbester.

John Isbester was born in Mailand, South Whiteness in 1852. He has a long, distinguished and eventful career at sea as. This wonderfully researched tale also asks the reader many questions, hopefully Captain Isbester can obtain a few answers through this piece.

Sixty Years of Letter by Lewis James (member no. 2142)

Lewis James shares the story of his great-great-grandmother Jane Sinclair who has left a wonderful legacy through correspondence over a great period of her life after emigrating from Twatt, Bixter. A remarkable collection which paints pictures of the social and family lives of the early 1900’s between Shetland and Australia – the letters tell much of the story for themselves.

Peter Tait (1843-1903) “An Adventurous Seaman” or “A Bad Man?” by David Beattie (member no. 1259)

Born in Scalloway Peter Tait inherited his father's, seafaring skills, and temperament. This story follows on from a piece written by the same author in our Voar issue, 2011 primarily about Peter’s father Captain Robert Tait. Well detailed there is much seafaring skill, financial highs and lows, disaster and death at sea.

 ... and much more.