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Quivis now focusses on my LINKLATER forebears, including Boissard, Soundy, Melville, Bell, Irvine, McLelland, Flint, and Roxburgh. My GEDCOM contains records of approximately 300 individuals bearing some 80 different surnames and extends back to the mid-18th C. Of more general interest, this section also includes a lot of background and historical information on Orkney in general and Sandwick, West Mainland, in particular. My paternal grandfather and great-grandfather, Arthur David and James Stevens Linklater respectively, have sections to themselves.
Documents in my possession relating to the Island of HERM under the ownership of JAMES STEVENS LINKLATER from 1884-9. James Stevens Linklater [b.1850 d.1899] was Arthur David Linklater's father, my great-grandfather and the last of my immediate ancestors to be born and raised in Orkney.
Orkney Timeline is a pay-to-download PDF summary of major events in Orkney over the last 380 million years. It is formatted to print as an A5 booklet, i.e. twelve A5 sheets printed on both sides which, when folded in half, form a pocket-sized booklet of 44 pps plus illustrated cover. Ideal for revision in the pub. An A4 map with the principle sites mentioned in the text is included. Costs a quid - if you know what that is.
The Life of Captain ARTHUR DAVID LINKLATER [b.1879 d.1955], my grandfather, together with his Sailing Journals covering three voyages as an apprentice aboard the barque ‘BRITISH PRINCESS’ 1895-1900. There is a lot of background information on the great age of sail, pilotage of the River Hooghli, Cape Horn, a nautical glossary and much else besides. As the Journals are unpublished, access to the bulk of them is restricted to immediate family.
Robin Linklater, my brother, describes himself as a “theatre designer specializing in costume and scenery for Baroque Opera, prop and puppet maker, painter, draughtsman and teacher.” He is a craftsman who, inter alia, makes bronze figurines, binds books, paints, carves and decorates woodwork indcluding puzzles and toys, and makes other collectable treen out of British timber from historic sources. Don't take my word for it - or his - but see for yourself!
TURNERY & TREEN - the bulk of what was Designlink. Mainly things wooden, especially turnery and bowls made by me from green apple (see KILVERT for the ‘how’), and calligraphy and heraldry on wood. But I now find myself increasingly in sympathy with the opening of Eliot's ‘Ash-Wednesday’ see
If you were looking for DESIGNLINK but couldn't find what you were looking for that's because Designlink is a shadow of its former self. What was Designlink is now QUIVIS. For Turnery & Treen use the link above.