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People Connected to Orkney

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  • David Miller (c.1795 - 1878)
    DAVID MILLER Cooper and Brewer or Master in Stromness Evidence from the Census Returns 1 6 June 1841: Main Street in Stromness: (1) David Miller, (M), 40, Cooper. Orkney (2) Janet Miller, (F), 30, Or...
  • Robert Watt (1831 - 1909)
    ROBERT WATT======Monumental Inscriptions===In loving memory of ROBERT WATT d. 19 May 1909 aged 78. His wife ISABELLA MACGREGOR d. 6 Jul 1908 aged 75. Their son ROBERT d. 18 Jun 1879 aged 14 [Orkney Fam...
  • Reverend Gavin Hamilton, Minister of the Gospel at Hoy and Graemsay (1762 - 1849)
    REVEREND GAVIN HAMILTON Minister of the Gospel at Hpy and Graemsay in Orkney The Reverend Gavin Hamilton, here treated, is the son of William Hamilton of Auldtoun and his wife Margaret MacGhie He was b...
  • Janet Chalmers (aft.1785 - bef.1841)
    JANET CHALMERS The ancestry of Jean Chalmers, here treated, has not been satisfactorily identified. The age she gave up for the census returns of 1821 and 1841 suggests that she may have been born in 1...
  • Orkney Family History Society
    Thomas M. F. Kent (deceased)
    THOMAS M. F. KENT Monumental Inscription In loving memory of JOANNA L IRVINE, wife of GEORGE KENT, who died 7th Oct 1916 aged 61 years. Also their son THOMAS M F KENT who died 14th Aug 1901 aged 18 yea...

People Connected to Orkney

Historic County of Scotland

See also

Orkney Main Page
Orkney - Monumantal Inscriptions, Cemeteries and Graveyards
Historic Buildings of Orkney
Historic Buildings of Orkney

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How to use this Page

  1. Please link any GENI Profiles with links to Orkney to this project. Geni will add Orkney, Orkney, Scotland, UK as a place of birth or death if you enter Orkney, KW 17, UK on the profile.
  2. The Orkney Family History Society site offers additional family history information:
  3. 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 Historical 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.

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Heads of Orkney Families on Geni

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  • 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.
  • Alexander Mackay







  • "Sabiston" a westray don who stayed on in Orkney marrying a local girl and originating the "Sabiston" surname.





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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