Issue number 116

Issue no.116, Yule 2020, contains the usual wide range of very interesting contributed articles and includes:

John Bourmaster (c1736-1807) – part1 by Amanda Laws, Titchfield History Society

The first part of the story of a man thought to have been born in Lerwick. Young John was pressed into the Royal Navy. Having to earn promotion through merit he rose to the rank of Admiral and a contemporary described Bourmaster as one of the best men that ever did honour to the navy

Magnus Harper Sinclair – Grandson of Lerwick – A life in horticulture and community involvement by Ralph Sinclair [member 2747]

An Aberdonian with Shetland parents, whose story depicts him as a significant community figure in the Granite City during the early years of the 20th century.

On the trail of John William Laurenson by Stephen Laurenson

Two Kiwis travel to Shetland in search of their roots, particularly more information on their Great-Grandfather, John William Laurenson (born at Clate, Whalsay) and his family.

Margaret S. Laurenson [member 2747]

A short obituary on a significant contributor to Shetland genealogy, not least the remarkable book Sons and Daughters of Shetland published in 1991.

The Campbell family in Shetland by Douglas C. Smith [member 15]

Although Alexander and Mary Campbell did not have their roots in Shetland they contributed hugely to society in the islands. Alex was the first Burgh Surveyor of Lerwick, the couple’s six children were all born and raised in Lerwick.

... all this and much more.