Issue number 117

Issue no.117, Voar 2021, contains the usual wide range of very interesting contributed articles and includes:

Nurse Hay of Scalloway and Tingwall by Kenneth Anderson [member 1147]

The story of Nell (Isabella) Hay who came to Shetland in 1923 to become District Nurse in Scalloway and Tingwall. Nell married a Shetland man, the rest is told in this piece.

John Bourmaster – part 2 by Amanda Laws, Titchfield History Society

The concluding 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.

1891, was it Russian flu? by Joan Robertson [member 51]

A parallel drawn between the current pandemic and a flu outbreak in 1891 that may have been the Russian Flu (1889-1990) which killed about 1 million people worldwide, a very high proportion for the period.

Sir Walter Scott in Shetland by Glennis Cooper [member 634]

A detailed account of a trip taken from Leith to inspect the existing lighthouses of the Northern Lighthouse Board, diarised by Scott.

... all this and much more.