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Orkneys were now ruled by jarls, appointed by them from the houses of Strathearn and Sinclair.
Orkneys to Scotland as security for his daughter's dowry (6 Sept., 1468), which he had not paid, and later attempts at redemption proved fruitless.
Orkneys under the fury of Calvinistic fanaticism which had been raging for decades, laying waste
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  Orkneyjar - Is 'The Orkneys' ever right by Dr Peter Anderson
So distinctive is this use of 'The Orkneys and Shetland', that I am inclined to think that it was the appearance of the saga translations which lent intellectual respectability to it, and its appearance in erudite works.
Particularly important was the progress of Scots at the expense of the Orkney Norn, both in the spoken language and in the rendering of place-names.
In the saga, the highly distinctive use of the singular for Shetland and plural for Orkney and the Faeroes is undeniable.
www.orkneyjar.com /placenames/orkneys.htm   (1686 words)

  Orkney Islands
In 1468 the Orkneys and Shetlands were pledged by Christian I of Denmark for the payment of the dowry of his daughter Margaret, betrothed to James III of Scotland, and as the money was never paid, their connection with the crown of Scotland has been perpetual.
In 1471 James bestowed the castle and lands of Ravenscraig in Fife on William, earl of Orkney, in exchange for all his rights to the earldom of Orkney, which, by act of parliament, passed on February 20, 1472, was annexed to the Scottish crown.
The topography of the Orkneys is wholly Norse, and the Norse tongue, at last extinguished by the constant influx of settlers from Scotland, lingered until the end of the 18th century.
www.ebroadcast.com.au /lookup/encyclopedia/or/Orkneys.html   (2010 words)

 The Orkneyingers' Saga - The Gold Scales
While the Orkneys lie like Cyclades round Hrossey or the Mainland, and are tolerably equal in size and shape, Shetland may be said to be altogether overpowered by its Mainland, which is larger than all the other islands put together, only two or three of which are of any importance.
Added to this the Orkneys are, with the exception of a part of Hoy, "the tall island," generally flat; and the hills even in Hrossey rarely rise to any great elevation.
This, in John Ben's description of Orkney in 1529, is described as "excellentissia arx sive castellum sed nondum tamen adhuc completa." In this unfinished state it has remained ever since, with its walls of immense thickness, its two round towers, and its arched portal.
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 Orkney - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Orkney is administered by the Orkney Islands Council, one of the 32 council areas of Scotland.
The toponymy of Orkney is wholly Norse, and the Norse tongue, at last extinguished by the constant influx of settlers from Scotland, lingered until the end of the 18th century.
Orkney is represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom as part of the Orkney and Shetland constituency, which elects one Member of Parliament (MP) by the first past the post system of election.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Orkneys   (3436 words)

 Orcadian stones
Though the Orkneys are on the northern frontiers in Europe, they nevertheless form an integral part of the European megalithic civilisation – and are on par with monuments in the heartland of that civilisation.
For everything else, the Orkneys were a wonderful place to live: the community fished, collected shellfish, oysters, etc., as well as grow barley and wheat, and had domesticated cattle, such as pigs, sheep and goats.
Though the Orkneys are by no means vast, the actual concentration of megaliths is in an even smaller area –; a neck of land between the lochs of Harray and Stenness.
www.philipcoppens.com /orkneys.html   (2862 words)

 Orkney Islands Article from Encyclopaedia Britannica
The distempers that prevail mostly in the Orkneys are agues, consumptions, scurvy, and itch.
In the Orkney islands they see to read at midnight in June and July; and during four of the summer months they have frequent communications, both for business and curiosity, with each other, and with the continent: the rest of the year, however, they are almost inaccessible, through fogs, darkness, and storms.
We are told that the Orkneys contain 30,000 inhabitants, and are equal in extent to the county of Huntington.
www.english.upenn.edu /Projects/knarf/Places/orkencyc.html   (5002 words)

 134-135, A new chorographic description of the Orkneys - Blaeu Atlas of Scotland, 1654   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
From this sailing north the first of the Orkneys one meets is South Ronaldsay, which is sixteen miles from Duncans bay (or more correctly Dunachs): small ships cover this distance in two hours with the tide favourable and also the winds calm: so great is the violence of this strait.
All these islands are called by the one general name of Orkneys; on this appellation there is reasonable agreement among ancient and modern writers; but no-one (as far as is known) has clearly explained the meaning of the name.
On the number of the Orkney islands there is no real agreement among the ancient writers: Pliny, for whom there are forty, Paulus Orosius (who is said to have come closest to the truth on this matter) counting thirty three, and others deciding on approximately thirty.
www.nls.uk /maps/early/blaeu/983.html   (1132 words)

 Orkneyjar - The Heritage of the Orkney Islands
Hopes that Stronsay flints could represent earliest evidence of human activity in Orkney - A fieldwalking project in Stronsay has led to the discovery of two tiny flint tools that could represent the earliest evidence of human activity found in Orkney to date.
Orkney: Updated the Orkney FAQ to outline the saga behind the county's new community flag.
Among these are the incredibly well-preserved remains of the earliest known dwellings in Orkney, and the oldest standing buildings in northern Europe.
www.orkneyjar.com   (566 words)

 Military Odyssey - Lord Orkneys Regiment   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Lord Orkney's Regiment is a re-enactment regiment founded in 2001 to recreate the English infantry of the War of the Spanish Succession (1701 - 1714).
The initial impetus was to equip and train a unit of soldiers for a proposed event at Blindheim (Blenheim) for the tercentenary of the famous battle of 1704.
Lord Orkney's Regiment was also titled the First, or Royal Regiment of Foot, later to become the Royal Scots Regiment.
www.military-odyssey.fsnet.co.uk /lh/orkneys.html   (207 words)

 Northvegr - Icelandic Sagas Vol. 3
That earl ruled over the Orkneys whose name was Thorfinn, the son of Sigurd Hlödver's son; he had to wife Ingibjorg, who was called earl's-mother, she was a daughter of earl Finn Arni's son, but her mother was Bergliot, the daughter of Halfdan, the son of Sigurd sow and Asta.
The sons of those two, earl Thorfinn and Ingibjorg were Paul and Erlend, who took the realm in the Orkneys after their father.
So it is said that he abode with his wife for ten years, so that they kept their purity of life; but when he felt temptation coming over him he went into cold water and begged for support of God.
www.northvegr.org /lore/orkney/037.php   (2689 words)

 Ancient Orkney   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
See "Visit Orkney" page for travel details in case you feel the urge to go there and see for yourself.
The Orkney islands are located off the north coast of Scotland.
Because wood was extremely scarce on Orkney, the houses were built almost entirely from slabs of sedimentary rock, which were used to make box-beds, dressers and storage tanks for fish and crustaceans.
www.garioch.demon.co.uk /orkney.htm   (1380 words)

 140-141, A new chorographic description of the Orkneys - Blaeu Atlas of Scotland, 1654   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Between the southern and northern islands of the Orkneys lies the largest of all Orcadian islands in length and width.
It is called in Latin Continens, by inhabitants of the Orkneys the Mainland, and in a name known to many scholars but not to natives of the Orkneys, Pomona.
However that there were once broadhorns in the Orkneys (for now there are none there) is without doubt from their horns which have been dug out of the ground.
www.nls.uk /maps/early/blaeu/986.html   (1441 words)

 IPT Journal - Book Review - "The Orkney Child Abuse Scandal, Suffer the Little Children"   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
He describes in detail how the Orkneys scandal came about, in particular criticizing the use of flawed interviewing techniques by the professionals with both adults and children.
He draws comparisons between the witch hunts in the Orkneys in the 1590s and recent events, focusing on the similarities of disclosure methods used to obtain confessions.
Some of the facts in regard to the Orkneys, as presented by Dr. Reid, are clearly correct while others are disputed.
www.ipt-forensics.com /journal/volume5/j5_1_br4.htm   (513 words)

 Orkney islands - images - 1 - Standing Stones of Stenness and Ring of Brodgar - travel-Images.com
Orkney island, Mainland - Standing Stones of Stenness - Standing at a height of six metres on the south-eastern shore of Stenness Loch, only four of the ring's original 12 stones remain
Orkney island, Mainland - Ring of Brodgar - ring of stones stands on a small isthmus between the Lochs of Stenness and Harray
Orkney island, Mainland - Ring o' Brodgar - the stone ring was built in a true circle, 104 metres wide, and originally contained 60 megaliths.
www.travel-images.com /orkney.html   (191 words)

 On to the Orkneys   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
Realizing, of course, that the whole point of this trip was to find my way up to the Orkneys, it seems natural to ask why it is that I'd get there just in time to turn around and come back.
And, getting to the Orkneys, just to be able to say I'd been there, had become something of a moral imperative to me.
From the name on the side of the boat, I could see that it was one of the ones that normally does the overnight trip from the Shetlands to Aberdeen.
www.drbanks.com /travels/scotland/orkney.zhtml   (1898 words)

 BBC Radio 4 - Open Country - 25 December 2003
On the tiny Orkney island of Papa Stronsay, however, a group of monks will be celebrating in a much quieter, more contemplative way.
Local fisherman Bill Miller, whose tiny boat takes David across to the monastery, was born in Stronsay, but left to become a member of the Flying Squad, but the islands brought him home again, and a chance discovery of his father's old lobster-fishing boat led him back to the family trade.
But if you're in the island's capital, Kirkwall, on 25 December, all hell breaks loose as 300, people divided into two teams (the Uppies and the Doonies, depending on where you were born in the town) take part in the annual street football game, the Ba'.
www.bbc.co.uk /radio4/factual/opencountry_20031225.shtml   (715 words)

 Rickla - Orkneys ONLY 5 star serviced accommodation
Rickla - Orkneys ONLY 5 star serviced accommodation
Secluded, luxurious accommodation in the Neolithic heartland of Orkney.
In 50 acres of our own land, virtually in the centre of Western Europe's richest area for prehistoric remains, with Maeshowe, the Ring of Brodgar and the Neolithic village of Skara Brae only minutes away.
www.rickla.com   (113 words)

 Orkneys & Pulteney
Pulteney habe ich in diese Karte mit aufgenommen, da diese Brennerei näher an den Orkneys als an den Brennereien der nördlichen Highlands liegt.
The Orkney Islands are situated close to the most northern rock of the mainland.
I have included Pulteney on this map, because it is situated closer to the Orkneys than to the other distilleries of the Northern Highlands.
www.thewhiskystore.de /dist/orkney.htm   (179 words)

 Icelandic Sagas, Volume 3: Addenda to the Orkneyingers' Saga: The Short Magnus Saga
Next after that men fared from Shetland and the Orkneys, who were past cure and watched at his tomb, and got healing for their hurts.
He was sightless and fared south to the Orkneys and watched at the tomb of earl Magnus the saint.
Thorkell was a man's name, who dwelt in the Orkneys, he fell from his barley-stack and crushed all one side.
www.sacred-texts.com /neu/ice/is3/is309.htm   (6060 words)

 The Sun Disappears over the Orkneys 31 May 2003
An annular eclipse, the first of the new millenium and the first to be seen from the UK since 1921, was due to sweep north west from Northern Scotland, across Iceland and ending off the west coast of Greenland.
I chose the Orkneys over the mainland of Scotland as being in my opinion the best compromise of relative ease of accessibility, duration of eclipse and altitude of the Sun.
At Kirkwall, the main town on the Orkneys and our base, maximum eclipse was forecast for 04:46BST, half an hour after sunrise and with the sun at an altitude of 2 degrees.
www.racingshadow.com /SEclipse/2003May31/2003May31Report.html   (922 words)

 Orkney Book Reviews - A Brief History of the Orkneys
It would take a great book to topple William P. Thomson's History of Orkney from its position as seminal reference on Orcadian history.
Published by Minerva Press, the 157 page paperback sets out to document the history of Orkney from prehistoric times through to the end of World War Two.
The text rambles on through Orkney's history and by the time we've reached the Norse Earls it becomes hard going to keep a track on what is being said.
www.orcadian.co.uk /books/reviews/briefhistory.htm   (334 words)

 Viking Answer Lady Webpage - Vikings in Scotland and the Western Isles
Settlers from Norway came to the Shetlands, the Orkneys, the Hebridies, the Isle of Man, the Western Islands, and parts of the Scottish mainland, attracted because the land and climate were similar to that back home in Scandinavia, with the added attraction of their proximity to the profitable Viking centers in Ireland and England.
That the early settlement of the Norse in Orkney included families and not just Viking warriors is seen in the burial of the 9th or 10th century Westness Woman on the island of Rousay.
The woman was buried in pagan fashion, with her belongings, including a pair of the typical domed oval brooches in bronze between which were string glass beads, wool combs, weaving tools, a bronze basin, a sickle and a pair of shears, as well as a silver ringed pin of Celtic type.
www.vikinganswerlady.com /scotland.shtml   (6916 words)

 Scapa Flow
It is as though the spirits of lost seafarers have left their ghosts behind before they made their final journey to a watery grave.
Having reached the north of Scotland by bus, the ferry left from the port of Scrabster to the Orkneys.
Neolithic remains in the Orkneys and the Viking heritage of Kirkwall
colley.co.uk /siriol/scapa_flow1.htm   (1255 words)

 Sacred Sites: The Orkneys   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-29)
The Orkney Isles, or the Orcades as they were once known, scattered carelessly in the icy waters of the Northern Sea, are among the most magical places in the whole of the Islands of the Mighty.
Above all, the mystery of the Orkneys derives from this fascination with the Otherworld and the shadowy borderland where the ancestors strayed, ever ready with knowledge of that other place.
In the Arthurian section of the same text, the Queen of Orkney is Anna, who in later texts became Morgain le Fay, half-sister of King Arthur and his bitterest foe.
www.druidry.org /obod/sacred_sites/orkneys.html   (491 words)

 [minstrels] The Bloody Orkneys -- Hamish Blair
I recall reading somewhere that this poem expressed the frustration, not of the Orkney locals, but of troops posted there in the war.
From: Gill Ewing "Bloody Orkney" was a favourite party poem when I was at university in Edinburgh in the 1960s - usually declaimed by a bunch of rather drunk undergraduate men at some stage during the evening.
Given that the best beer is made in S. Scotland or N. England I would suppose Orkney beer to be pretty bad if they make it themselves (too far north for the ingredients) and very expensive if imported, which I'm sure it must be.
www.cs.rice.edu /~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/1521.html   (551 words)

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