Issue number 97

Issue no.97 has the usual wide range of very interesting contributed articles and includes:

Great War diary of Charles Abernethy by Charles Abernethy [member no. 1253]

Charles was born in New York in 1889 but his father, Andrew, was born in Clousta and emigrated in the 1870’s. The war time dairy was only discovered after Charlie passed away, it details work with poisonous gases in the trenches and the loss of his brother prior to the battle of the Somme.

James Tait (1846-1927) Shipmaster, artist and photographer by David Beattie [member no. 1259]

Part one of the third and last article on this seafaring Scalloway family. This extensive piece of research highlights a very rich seafaring life. Details on family, career changes and advancement during the times of sail and steam shipping.

Thelma Blance: an appreciation by Trevor Gray [member no. 44]

The rare find of a book online, The Economy of Shetland 1930-1952, leads the author to research the author of that book, part of a thesis for a MA Honours degree at Aberdeen University. Lerwick born Thelma’s academic and working career are detailed.

The Legend of Thomas James Angus by Leslie Angus

Painstaking and detailed research uncovers previously unknown detail including information of underage enlistment and the subsequent tragic loss of a young Lerwick man on his first trip during the last year of WW2.

Surname of the Month

More information on the Society’s project work, the latest surname covered is Abernethy.

... all this and much more.