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  • Francis Heddell (1791 - 1865)
    FRANCIS HEDDELL Sheriff Clerk for Lerwick Francis Heddell is the son of Francis Heddell, and his wife, Barbara Innes. He was born on 3 September 1791, at Lerwick in Shetland, Scotland [Shetland Fam...
  • 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...
  • Thomas Mowat (1764 - 1860)
  • Mary Semple Stewart (1804 - 1884)
    MARY SEMPLE STEWART is the daughter of Reverend James Stewart, Minister of the Gospel at Anderston, and his wife Mary Jarvey [Shetland Family History] Death At her residence, Palmerston Street, C...

People Connected to Shetland

Historic County of Scotland

Image right - Shetland location

See also

Shetland - Main Page

Shetland - Munumental Inscriptions, Cemeteries and Graveyards

Historic Buildings of Shetland

ShetlandGenealogical Resources


// HELP is always welcome - Please get involved!!//


How to use this Page

  1. Please link any GENI Profiles with links to Shetland to this project.
  2. You can ALSO add the earliest heads of families to the list of Shetland 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 Shetland can be linked to the project but not necessarily added to the list below.

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


Historical and Political people

- accommodated by the project Historical Shetland which covers the History of Shetland 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 Shetland - Famous People and add them to the listing there.


People from Shetland 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 "Shetland 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.

The Surnames of Shetland

The history of the Shetland Islands is reflected in the surnames found there to this day. A patronymic naming practice was followed by the Norse descendants, sometimes into the early 1800s when permanent Andersons, Johnsons, Williamsons, etc. There are also Scottish names such as Sinclair, Neven, and Bruce handed down in the same manner as English surnames from the time of the first Scottish migrations in the late 1400s.

A list at SHETLAND ISLANDS SURNAMES in 1804 24 surnames (many with spelling variations) made up half of the population of the Shetland Islands.

  • Anderson,
  • Jamieson,
  • Robertson,
  • Smith,
  • Williamson,
  • Irvine,
  • Tait,
  • Johnson,
  • Leask,
  • Halcrow,
  • Henderson,
  • Laurenceson,
  • Manson,
  • Mowat,
  • Nicolson,
  • Peterson,
  • Sinclair,
  • Thomason,
  • Galdie,
  • Fraser,
  • Hughson,
  • Hunter,
  • Sutherland,
  • Tulloch.

An additional 53 names brought the total to 75% of the population. These names are: Abernethy, Arthurson, Blance, Burgar, Brown, Bruce, Clerk, Duncan, Garrioch, Georgeson, Goodlad, Gray, Leslie, Malcolmson, Moncrieff, Morrison, Redland, Sandison, Aitken, Bain, Bairnson, Cogle, Davidson, Erasmuson, Gilbertson, Harper, Linklater, Murray, Ollason, Rendal, Scollay, Shewan, Stewart, Stout, and White. Also, Cheyne, Christie, Couper, Coutts, Dalziel, Eunson, Gifford, Hutchison, Inkster, Isbister, Moar, Pole, Pottenger, Priest, Simpson, Scott, Spence, Watt.

Less common were, Adamson, Archibald, Bartleson, Charleson, Danielson, Dickson, Donaldson, Dwardson, Erickson, Evanson, Frederickson, Gavinson, Garthson, Grierson, Harrison, Hectorson, Herculson, Hoseason, Jacobson, Jeromson, Mattewson, Neilson, Ninianson, Rogerson, Samuelson, Theodorson, Turvelson, Walterson plus others not recorded by Sandison [not sure who this is - but could be CJB] but with ancient ties to Shetland such as Arcus, Barclay, Beattie, Copland, Guthrie, Hay, Henry, Mail, Mann, Moodie, Nisbet, Slater. Garster

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See also the following GENi projects

Heads of Shetland Families on Geni

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Emigrants from Shetland

Please add the names of people from Shetland 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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