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""Orkney, insular co. of Scotland, separated from Caithness by the Pentland Firth (6 to 8 miles broad); area, 240,476 ac., pop. 32,044; pop. of Pomona, or Mainland, 17,165. The Orkneys comprise 67 islands, 28 of which are inhabited, besides a large number of rocky islets or skerries. They are divided into 3 groups - the South Isles, comprising the large islands of Hoy, South Ronaldshay, and many smaller ones; Pomona, or Mainland, the largest island of the Orkneys; and the North Isles, comprising Rousay, Shapinshay, Westray, Papa Westray, Eday, Stronsay, Sanday, and North Ronaldshay. Except on the S. and W. sides, where the cliffs are bold and precipitous, the coasts of the islands are extremely irregular, abounding in bays and headlands. The surface - most elevated in Hoy, which is hilly - is generally low, and much interspersed with rocks, swamps, and lochs. The climate, prevailingly moist, is mild and equable for the latitude. The soil mostly consists of peat or moss, but is either sandy or of a good loam where the land is arable. The farms are usually of small size; oats, barley, and turnips are grown. Live stock, poultry, and eggs are largely exported."
from John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles 1887
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800 Million Name UK Database
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Orkney Parish Registers
3,100 records including baptisms/christenings, burials, marriages, tombstone inscriptions, obituaries, tax lists and wills
War Memorials
Roll-of-Honour - Orkney
Orkney war memorials and rolls of honour
General Register for Scotland - Scotlands People Database
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Scottish Historical Records Database Search
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FreeCen - Orkney
1841-1891 Census transcriptions by volunteers

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