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Ailsa Craig, Ontario, Canada
What a great site, My great-great grandfather was born in Stromness but his
grandfather was from Birsay. As a relative of the Sabistons, it's neat finding
out where my roots are from.
Glenn Edward Bowie
Red Wing, Minnesota
My paternal gramma was a Drever, born at Tosker, Lady, Sanday.
Images mostly from 35 mm slides, archives of trips in 76, 77, 81, and 83 are given in http://www.flickr.com/photos/wildlife_habitat/.
I am particularly proud of the three warriors image.
What a wonderful website. I enjoyed reading the newletters and exploring all
of the pages. I do hope to get back there one day and bring Scott with me.
All of my love to you Aunt Sara and Uncle Frank.
I miss you.
Try http://www.orkneynet.co.uk for photos - Webmaster
I found your site very interesting. I am planning a trip to Orkney this year and am researching information.
I'm trying to find out the location of Gelderhouse, which I understand is in Birsay.
My grandfather, George Matches, was born there.
He and my grandmother,
Margaret (nee Windwick) Matches, emigrated to Canada c. 1910
Birsay is our favourite area of Orkney and where we would most like to live - so I am delighted to see this website promoting the area. Any potential visitors reading this guestbook - do go to Birsay, it is beautiful! There are some pictures of mine, of the seaweed and rocks at Birsay, on my website www.allfivesenses.com taken one morning last summer.
Good luck to all businesses in and around Birsay!
We have been attempting to 'leaf out' our family tree and have discovered a possible link to Birsay Parish. One James Mackie, born 18 May 1849, he married Harriett Margaret Anderson on 29 July 1881, in Prince Albert, North West Territories (now the Province of Saskatchewan, Canada), he died 23 July 1934 in Prince Albert. Their children: Josephine(my grandmother), John James, Albert, Clara, Helena, William Franklin, Oliver, Dennis Roy, Raymond, Gerald, Guy Brooklyn, and Tina. How he came to Canada or why, we do not know - perhaps someone in your locale could assist?
My father was born in Bursay in 1913 (Arthur Armstrong Spence). He died about 5 years ago now and my daughter and I aim to come over to visit in July to try to find out a bit more about his background and whether any more of our family are still about! The site is very interesting and has a lot of information which we will use.
Lovely site!!, I was born in the Manse, now St Magnus House my mother & father were in Birsay for most of the war years and made many friends there, my father was the missionary and was very fond of his church and the people and missed it greatly when he had to leave at the end of the war. I came back to Birsay just after september 11th. 2000 and stayed with Irene & Gillie Cumloquoy, old friends of my mother & father. It was lovely to see the church where I was christened and my brother also.
I have just enjoyed a long hour on your most interesting website and will come back again... I had a very good reason for visiting: on your Kitchener Memorial item, you neglect to mention that, after the sinking of HMS Hampshire in WW1, there were 12 survivors of that terrible day... and my dear grandfather was one of them. He couldn't swim, believe it or not for a naval man, but after being thrown from his float by a massive wave, he somehow struggled, kicking with legs and flailing arms, through the waves to reach shore at Birsay and then CLIMBED THE CLIFFS to reach safety at a crofter's house, where he was cared for for several days until he recovered enough to leave. I know his story in such detail because my mother 'interviewed' him and wrote his account of that fateful day for our family to never forget. He remembered seeing Lord Kitchenor on the deck of the ship as it was sinking, and refusing to leave.
Being born a Comloquoy I found this site fantastic. I will make a point of being a regular visitor.I also hope to visit soon and catch up on the relatives... Many thanks
Sara and Frank---Love the website site-makes me even more anxious to visit Orkney. Please let me know if you receive this and if you have a personal email address. Mom (Aunt Sally)has moved to a new facility which I believe Nancy has written to you about. Hope you have a wonderful holiday season. One of these days Ed and I really want to visit you there. Love, your cousin Sally
Congratulations, this is a wonderful site. My gt.gt.grandfather was Miller at Boardhouse Mill, Birsay in 1821.
Gt.gt.grandmother lived in Old Gersetter Farmhouse late 1790s
Best wishes to all in Orkney, Freida Murray
We run a website (www.walking-routes.co.uk) which contains nothing but links to on-line walking routes, maps, directions etc for the UK. Having added one or more links to the walks detailed on your site, we wondered if you would, in return, consider putting a link to our site on your pages?
For your convenience, the link HTML could be:-
Best regards Malcolm
This is one place I love to visit in the evenings,I,m Scottish,born in Dornoch quite a few years ago!!!I would apreciate your giving me some idea about bed and breakfasts in Caithness,my friend and neighbour will be coming over in July with me but I expect to be staying with friends and perhaps it would be easier for her to stay somewhere close by,do you think you can let me know what is available in the Wick or Thrumster area? Your web site is great,lets me keep up with the news and GOSSIP!!! Hope this message reaches you,I'll check my e-mail daily,OK.Kindest regards,Joan.
Interested to come across birsay.org - via Orcadian website.
I was born in Sandwick but now living in RSA.
These pages were very interesting. I come from Sandwick and I have just learned more about Birsay than I ever knew while living in Orkney. Keep up the good work
These pages were very interesting. I come from Sandwick and I have just learned more about Birsay than I ever knew while living in O rkney. Keep up the good work
Fantastic to see the new web site up and running. Well done to all concerned.
Congratulations on the new web site. We have added links to you on Caithness.org at Orkney Links http://www.caithness.org/links/orkneyislands.htm And Orkney Section http://www.caithness.org/orkney/index.htm
Well done guys! An absolutely cracking job. The site is eye catching, relevant, accurate - a real professional job that puts Birsay ahead of the pack and on the map! When can I advertise!? Best Wishes, David
Well done to the Trust and those directly involved in creating an excellent website. Hopefully other parishes will follow your example. Wish you continued success in the future.
Congratulations on your new website. I have happy memories of holidays spent in Orkney and visits to Birsay. I will take my time to savour your site.
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