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  • Harald Robert Leslie, Lord Birsay (1905 - 1982)
    HARALD ROBERT LESLIE, LORD BIRSAY, KT, CBE, MBE (Mil.), TD, QC, DL Scottish lawyer and judge, and Chairman of the Scottish Land Court Harald R. Leslie is the son of Robert Leslie, Master Mariner. H...
  • Helen Gordon Heddell (1823 - 1851)
    HELEN GORDON HEDDELL is the daughter of Francis Heddell, and his wife, Elizabeth Grierson Gordon. She was born on 23 September 1823, at Lerwick in Shetland, Scotland [Shetland Family History] Death...
  • Reverend John Riddoch Scarth (1806 - d.)
    REVEREND JOHN RIDDOCH SCARTH Minister of Sandwick in Shetland 1847-1856 is the son of James Scarth, merchant at tKirkwall in Orkney, Scotland, and his wife, Margaret Lendrum. He was born on 2 Febru...
  • Peter Shearer Firth (1880 - 1942)
    PETER SHEARER FIRTH is the son of James Firth, and his wife, Isabella Leask. He was born in May 1880 [Orkney Family History Society: 1881 Census Return for Holm]. Canadian Federal Census of 1916 ...
  • Marian Rendall (deceased)
    MARIAN RENDALL (OTHERWISE MARGARET RENDALL) Marian Rendall is the putative daughter of an Orkneyman named John Rendall, and his Cree wife named Betsy. As far as is known, she never set foot in Orkney...

People Connected to Orkney

Historic County of Scotland

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Orkney Genealogical Resources


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How to use this Page

  1. Please link any GENI Profiles with links to Orkney to this project.
  2. You can ALSO add the earliest heads of families to the list of Orkney Families on Geni below (don't forget to link their profiles to the project as well). These would usually be male! Please restrict people added to the list to the earliest head of family!

Note People with links to Orkney can be linked to the project but not necessarily added to the list below.

People connected to Orkney can also be linked to the following projects.

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.

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.

To participate in any project

- you do need to first be a collaborator - so please join the project using the request link under "actions" at the top right of the page. Visit Geni Wikitext, Unicode and images which gives a great deal of assistance. See the discussion Project Help: How to add Text to a Project - Starter Kit to get you going!

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Heads of Orkney Families on Geni

Names with Bold links are to Geni profiles. Other links take you to external biographical web pages.














  • John Malcolm born 1791 - 4 x great grandfather of comedienne 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

Other Pages for People Connected to Scottish Counties


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