Facts and Events
||8 Oct 1825
||Senness, North Ronaldshay, Orkney, Scotland
||17 Mar 1826
||North Ronaldshay, Orkney, Scotland
||Senness, North Ronaldshay, Orkney, ScotlandAge: 15
||27 Jun 1850
||North Ronaldshay, Orkney, Scotlandto Mary Muir
||Senness, North Ronaldshay, Orkney, ScotlandAge: 25Relationship: Son
||Kirkwall, Kirkwall and St. Ola, Orkney, ScotlandAge:36; Head; Boatman
In the 1860s, William's older sister Mary was "warned out" of her house along with her husband and young daughter. She returned to Senness, where she would be in line to inherit the croft. At that point he decided that the croft did not offer much prospect for both his sister and himself so with his wife and young family they cleared out in order to start life afresh in Kirkwall. He established himself as a boatman and fisherman and was reasonably successful for many years before being involved in a boating accident. This happened while he was ferrying naval sailors back to their ships during a visit of the British Home Fleet to Kirkwall, and it cost him his life. Of his family of six sons and two daughters, most of the boys took to the sea. Robert was lost with the "Julia", a Kirkwall schooner, and Martin too was drowned while on a deep-sea voyage. - A window on North Ronaldsay, Peter Tulloch, 1974
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1851 Scotland Census. (Ancestry.com. 1851 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.), Parish: North Ronaldsay; ED: 1; Page: 3; Line: 11; Roll: CSSCT1851_5; Year: 1851.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 1841 Scotland Census. (Ancestry.com. 1841 Scotland Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 2006.), Parish: North Ronaldsay; ED: 1; Page: 6; Line: 775; Year: 1841.
- ↑ 3.0 3.1 United Kingdom. FreeREG - British Parish Register Transcripts and Indexes.
- ↑ General Register Office for Scotland. 1861 Scotland Census. (Edinburgh).
Parish: Kirkwall and St Ola; ED: 7; Page: 6; Line: 8; Roll: CSSCT1861_3.