October 1st, 2019
The Hairst issue of the society magazine Coontin Kin is now available, it’s now full colour throughout as we continue to develop and improve the publication. Issue no.112 has a wide range of interesting new material.
June 2nd, 2019
Annual balance sheet published
Sharing Shetland Surnames
All Welcome at the Launch of
Sunday Teas, Skeld Hall
2pm – 5pm
Hosted by Sandsting History Group and Shetland Family History Society
Origin of Abernethy
Presumed to come from a Scottish place name.
Abernethy in Shetland
Magnus Bennatie appears in a court book from 1604. The form Abernethy was first recorded in Shetland in 1627. Said to be pronounced Pernetty in Unst.
In 1881 there were 217 people recorded in Shetland with the surname Abernethy, being 0.6% of the population.
Andrew (1871-1950) and Arthur (1863-1950) Abernethy from Brouster, Walls were photographers in Lerwick at the beginning of the 20th century. Many of the old family photographs that you see were taken by them.
Mitchell Abernethy (1841-1867), a sailor who died on the Diana
Shetland Surnames by Dr. Alan M. Beattie
The Diana of Hull by Arthur G.Credland
A Kist of Emigrants by J. Laughton Johnston
Lerwick during the Last Half Century (1867-1917) by Thomas Manson
Humours of a Peat Commission Vol. 1 by Thomas Manson & Arthur Abernethy
Fond Hopes Destroyed by Mary Prior
Sons and Daughters of Shetland by Margaret S. Robertson
The Surnames of Scotland by George F. Black