Place:Kirkwall, Kirkwall and St. Ola, Orkney, Scotland

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NameKirkwall
Alt namesChurchbaysource: Blue Guide: Scotland (1980) p 406
TypeCounty town
Coordinates58.983°N 2.967°W
Located inKirkwall and St. Ola, Orkney, Scotland
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Kirkwall is the biggest town and capital of the Orkney Islands, off the coast of northern mainland Scotland. The town is first mentioned in Orkneyinga saga in the year 1046 when it is recorded as the residence of Rögnvald Brusason the Earl of Orkney, who was killed by his uncle Thorfinn the Mighty. In 1486, King James III of Scotland elevated Kirkwall to the status of a royal burgh; modern roadsigns still indicate "The City and Royal Burgh of Kirkwall".

The name Kirkwall comes from the Norse name Kirkjuvagr (Church Bay), which was later corrupted to Kirkvoe, Kirkwaa and Kirkwall.

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