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Latest issue of Coontin Kin now available

April 7th, 2019

The Voar issue of the society magazine Coontin Kin is now available and it’s now full colour throughout as we continue to develop and improve the publication. Issue no.110 has a wide range of interesting new material.

Latest issue of Coontin Kin now available

The latest issue of the society magazine Coontin Kin is now available, issue no.110, Voar 2019. The journal is now full colour throughout as we continue to develop and improve the publication. Issue no.110 has a range of interesting material.

The content this time includes:

Shetland remembers the Great War

One of the last events to be help to commemorate the centenary of the ending of the Great War and the effects and loss it had on Shetland was staged in the Clickimin Centre, Lerwick on November 10th last year.

This piece details the information each of the local history groups presented at the exhibition. Also covered is the details of a superb remembrance service that was hosted in the same venue I the evening.

Also included in the magazine are two book reviews of a couple of splendid peerie books, Shetland Merchant Mariners in the Great War and That Grim Red Dawn.

The Rev. John Watson and Shetland fiddle called “Maury” by Jean Williamson-Hendry [member no.]

Maury may be short for Marianne. The name was given to the fiddle when the maker, the Reverend John Watson, made it, he named all the fiddles he made. This particular instrument was gifted to a Marianne Williamson who was leaving Shetland to live in London.

A very nice story of the people and the instrument and how it has returned to Shetland, Burravoe in Yell to be precise, where it was made.

Da Ube by Helen Houston

Like many of us, either living in Shetland or returning, visiting the birthplace, house or location where forbearers were born and/or lived can be interesting, thought provoking or indeed emotional.

Helen details her such visit to Ube, which lies at the end of Gardaness Hill between Dales Voe and Colla Firth, Delting. Names of ancestors bring life to the visit and Helen asks a few questions.

Sandwick Parish Church” by David Johnson [member no. 542]

A very informative piece spurred on by the cover image on issue number 106, Voar 2018, of Sandwick Parish Church

Wonderfully detailed piece on the Kirk itself and the folk of the parish.

... all this and much more.

Members get it free as part of membership but back copies can be purchased here