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  • Robert Leask of Leigh (1799 - 1889)
    ROBERT LEASK OF LEIGH is the son of William Leask of Aglath, and his wife, Christina Robertson [Old Lore Miscellany of Orkney, Shetland, Caithness and Sutherland, Volume II, Part IV, October 1909, Le...
  • John Leask, junior (1820 - 1903)
    JOHN LEASK junior Hudson's Bay Company Servant, 1843-73 is the eldest son of John Leask, senior,shoemaker at Grindlabreck in Sandwick, and his wife, Marjory Wood. He was born on 15 November 1820 an...
  • James Linklater of Midbigging (1792 - 1866)
    JAMES LINKLATER OF MIDBIGGING (1792-1866) spirit merchant and farmer is the son of Thomas Linklater, and his wife, Janet Muir. He was born on the 23 May 1792, probably in Ladykirk parish on the isl...
  • William Watt (1700 - 1777)
    WILLIAM WATT (1700-77) was a merchant in Kirkwall, Orkney, Scotland. He is the ancestor of the family of Watt of Breckness and Skaill [Scottish Archive Netwok] William Watt married Katherine Gibson...
  • Nicol Scarth of Settiscarth (b. - 1628)
    NICOL SCARTH OF SETTISCARTH (OTHERWISE NICOLL OF SCARTH IN SCARTH) is the ancestor of the Scarths of Binscarth. He died in 1628. His testament dative was registered at Kirkwall in Orkney on 20 June 1...

People Connected to Orkney

Historic County


See also Orkney - Main Page

People connected to Orkney can be placed in the following groups.

Historical and Political people

- accommodated by the project Historic Orkney (Link to follow) which covers the History of Orkney and historical/political people. Some of these are also listed in the Famous people category.

Families with their roots in Orkney.

Please add the earliest head of the family to the list of Orkney Families on Geni below and link their profiles to the project. These should be male! Adding anyone with a birthplace in Orkney to the project would cause the project to be a little cluttered, so please restrict this to the earliest head of family!

Famous or Notable People

Those people of note with connections to the county are listed below. Some of these connections are a little tenuous - counties like to lay claim to people of renown! Please visit Orkney - Famous People and add them to the listing there.


People from Orkney who went to the "New world" and were early progenitors in those countries. Where the earliest ancestor is known please add them to the list of "Orkney families on Geni" below if that was their roots, or to the appropriate county project.

Where the earliest known ancestor is the emigrant add them to the list below. In some cases if there is a project that covers them in detail please link the project - there is no point in duplicating the list.

Names with Bold links are to Geni profiles. Non-bold links take you to other biographical web pages.

How to add a link is explained in the attached document - Adding links to Geni profiles in projects.

Orkney Genealogical Resources

Orkney Families on Geni














  • John Malcolm born 1791 - 4 x great grandfather of commediene Sarah Millican, who went to Canada where he worked for the Hudson's Bay Company.











Emigrants from Orkney

Please add the names of people from Orkney who settled in the "New World"




South Africa

1820 British Settlers in South Africa

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