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  • William Taylor of Midgarth (1793 - 1876)
    WILLIAM TAYLOR OF MIDGARTH (1793-1876) Hudson's Bay Company Servant is the son of James Taylor, farmer at Holland in the Orkney parish of Firth, and his first wife, Margaret Corrigal. He was baptis...
  • Thomas Flett (1809 - 1883)
    Scotland, Births and Baptisms Name: Thomas Flett Gender: Male Christening Date: 10 Jun 1810 Christening Place: STROMNESS,ORKNEY,SCOTLAND Birth Date: 03 Jun 1810 Father's Name: James Flett...
  • Sarah Gaudie (c.1781 - d.)
    SARAH GAUDIE (OTHERWISE SARAH GOUDIE, OR SALLY GAUDIE) Marriage Sarah Gaudie married Peter Gaudie. The marriage was booked at Evie and Rendall on 10 May 1801 [Scotland, Marriages, 1561-1910, index,...
  • William Graham Watt of Breckness (1776 - 1866)
    WILLIAM GRAHAM WATT OF BRECKNESS (1776-1866) is the son of William Watt of Breckness, and his wife, Margaret Graham. He was born on 22 September 1776 and his baptism was registered at Kirkwall in Ork...
  • William Watt of Breckness (1730 - 1810)
    WILLIAM WATT OF BRECKNESS (1730-1810) is the son of William Watt, Merchant in Kirkwall, and his wife, Katherine Gibson. He was born on 21 December 1730 and his baptism was registered at Kirkwall on t...

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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