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People Connected to Orkney

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  • William Edmonstoune Aytoun, WS (1813 - 1865)
    WILLIAM EDMONSTOUNE AYTOUN Writer to the Signet (1835); Advocate in Edinburgh (1840); Professor of Rhetoric and Belles-Lettres in the University of Edinburgh (1845); Sheriff of Orkney (1852) Ap...
  • John Gibson Watt, Surgeon in London (1735 - d.)
    JOHN GIBSON WATT Surgeon in London; Founder of Watt's Hospital in London WATT JOHN WILLIAM WATT/KATHARINE GIBSON M 27/08/1735 021/ 20 40 Kirkwall Genealogy Fasti of the Church of Scotland VII: ...
  • Reverend John Gibson, Minister of the Gospel at Evie (c.1668 - bef.1724)
    REVEREND JOHN GIBSON Minister of the Gospel at Evie in Orkney Biographical Summary The Reverend John Gibson is the son of Alexander Gibson, Minister of Bower, and Archdeacon of Caithness. He was ...
  • Reverend Mr. John Gibson, Minister of the Gospel at Holm (bef.1625 - 1681)
    REVEREND MR. JOHN GIBSON Minister of the Gospel at Holm The Question of Paternity: Conflicting Claims According to the Fasti of the Church of Scotland, the Reverend Mr. John Gibson, here tr...
  • Reverend Adam Gibson, Minister of the Gospel at Shapinsay (bef.1629 - 1678)
    Reverend Mr. Adam Gibson Minister of the Gospel at Shapinsay ; formerly Minister at St. Andrews and Deerness The Question of Paternity: Conflicting Evidence According to the Fasti of the Ch...

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

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.

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.

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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.
  • 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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