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A Brief Description of Orkney, Zetland and Caithness
Media: DATA CD - 1 CD (267 pages)
Author: J. Brand
Year: (1703, 1883)
This work first appeared in 1701, and was was so popular that it was reprinted just two years later. It was written by a clergyman of the Church of Scotland who had been sent to these then-remote islands to investigate their religious and moral state. He, however, viewed his assignment to include a wide range or interests and observations from folklore to commerce, traditions and manners.
Brand investigated Orkney before turning to Zetland (or Shetland), Pightland Firth, and finally Caithness. It was an amazing record of this region, published in diary form, beginning with his departure on the 12th of April 1700.
These islands had been secured as dowry from the Norwegians, but by 1700 they were still much more Norse than Scottish in nature, and their religion was by no means certain to be Presbyterian. Scotland was curious about this region, and Brand provided interesting and detailed information about the history, the culture, the reglion and the commerce of the area.
This CD consists of scans of the original book, which can be browsed, enlarged and printed if required. Please note: it is not searchable.
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