Issue number 115

Issue no.115, Hairst 2020, contains the usual wide range of very interesting contributed articles and includes:

My Grandmother’s namesake by Anne Donnelly [member 2771]

Family roots in Unst, Budigarth in Haroldswick to be precise, lead to a life of hardship in many ways: imprisonment for what would nowadays be seen as very petty crime, stealing butter, poverty and possible seasonal fish worker movements to Dundee and Gateshead.

Memories of my Grandfather – Captain James Henry by Margaret S Robertson [member 13]

The author, a founder member of the Society, provides notes on her grandfather’s life and times at sea.

Probability over proof? Johnson/Leask by Susan Jones [member 1903]

Like many people, hard evidence of connection gets harder to locate as we dig further back. A very interesting piece as the author looks for the elusive connection from Shetland.

Shetland Amenity Trust Offices, Garthspool, Lerwick by Magnus Shearer [member 297]

The current location of the offices of the Shetland Family History Society at Garthspool, Lerwick have stood since  around the mid 1880’s. The buildings have a rich maritime history and Magnus Shearer, who’s family were the last to run a business from the premises, gives a potted history of the buildings.

David Wishart – Mariner from Nesting by Alan Beattie [member 2]

An account by a son of his father’s life, born in Nesting around 1783. A seafarer, like many Shetlanders of his time.

... all this and much more.