These pages on Orkney are the reult of my interest in getting to grips with my immediate ancestors from Orkney, one consequence of which has been the acquisition of books on Orkney to a nearly manic compulsive degree. My shelves are currently burdened with over 700 titles - and that, would you believe it, is the result of somewhat selective purchasing over the last few years. Even so, I feel there are gaps, most of which are listed on my Orkney Desiderata page. If you wish to sell copies of any of those please get in touch! Arm-chair research is all jolly fine but I enjoy the hands-on approach just as much and I try to visit most years. My very first visit, in my early 20s was, as it happens, also connected with books as I was asked to view a library, so in a sense business came before pleasure but the pleasure principle soon kicked in and on one notable trip in 1973 I proposed to my wife, Sally, on Rackwick Beach - and was accepted!
Sorting through my parents' papers sparked my real interest in my Orcadian roots. What began as a modest attempt at a bit of genealogy has since suffered severe mission creep; one page starts 380 million ago when Linklaters could only have been a dim twinkle in the eyes of a trilobite - although which of the 17,000 species is far from clear. Orkney's particular claim to fame in the fossiliferous record was elucidated by Hugh Miller in his ‘Footprints of the Creator,’ sub-titled ‘The Asterolepis of Stromness’ long since extinct but looking, as I often feel, somewhat like this.
Other pages deal in an unsystematic way with aspects of Orkney's extensive prehistory and subsequent recorded history. They all have one thing in common; they ineterst me. Perhaps they will interest you. This website is far from complete and, in the nature of such things, probably never will be. There are many gaps and uncertainties, and the whole is more-or-less under constant review. If you spot any solecisms or can fill in any gaps please do not hesitate to get in touch.
© 2018 Duncan Linklater Custos Rotulorum.