Sandra's ancestors came from the Orkney Islands so this was a special stop for us. The local Historical Society were very helpful and directed us to the house that the GGGGGrandfather was born in. It is still standing and is still occupied!
|Our route from Fair Isle to the Orkney Islds.|
The Orkney's are full of history, much related to Canada, as this was the main recruiting center for the Hudson's Bay Co. A Hudson's Bay Physician/explorer, John Rae explored much of the Canadian Arctic on foot. He discovered the fate of the Franklin expedition and reported that they had resorted to cannibalism. Lady Franklin was very upset by this and managed to have him blacklisted from "society". Only now is he being recognized for his remarkable achievements.
|John Rae's tomb in Kirkwell.|
After a particularly violent storm a 5000 year old village was uncovered. It had 5 residences and one workshop, all interconnected. It was constructed half underground, a testament to the weather here.
|Copy of one of the residences.|
|Remains of a residence.|
It was a bit weird that we were driving in the footsteps of an ancestor. The family was from a village (Gas Station/Store) called Stenness. He was born in a house in 1775 that still is still standing and occupied, "Quoy House".