Issue number 106

Issue no.105 has the usual wide range of very interesting contributed articles and includes:

Anticipating the Robertson Exhibition by Alan Beattie [member no.2] and Jasmine Moncrieff [member no. 2229]

A look ahead at a forthcoming SFHS event, the Sharing Surnames event, this year featuring the Robertson surname.

Among those being featured are: James Robertson, the first person to map Jamaica; Thomas Alexander Robertson, best known as the poet Vagaland; Charles Robertson, the first to hold the office of Provost of Lerwick and many more.

The Sinking if the St. Magnus, 12th February, 1919 by Kate Canter [member no.560]

A wonderfully detailed historical article on the sinking of one of the “North Boats”, the St. Magnus. Not only is the event covered but there are short biographical pieces on key individuals such as one of the ship’s fireman, John Johnston from Hangcliff Lane, Lerwick and Magnus Oakes, a gunner and another Lerwegian.

Return to Marrats Houll by Philip Bell [member no.1381]

At the end of the single-track road at Westing, Unst, lies a croft house called Marrats-houll. Philip Bell the author’s ancestors, Smiths, came from this very croft and after discovering its whereabouts and completing a little research he visited and writes of his and the house's history.

Book Review – Old Lerwick, People and Places by Douglas Sinclair

There are many historical books on Shetland life, places and history but this one tells the tale of many places, people and buildings of the old town.

See other information and buy the book if you wish, here

... all this and much more.