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Orkney Natural History Society Papers

The Orkney Natural History Society regularly met to discuss and read papers written by its esteemed members in its early years.  In 1905, a book Orcadian Papers: Being selections from the proceedings of the Orkney Natural History Society from 1887 to 1904 was published, edited by Mr M M Charleston, FSA Scot:

In presenting this volume to the public, it may be necessary to explain that the Papers of which it is composed were all written for, and read before, the meetings of the ORKNEY NATURAL HISTORY SOCIETY within the past seventeen years.  It is now sixty-eight years since the Society was instituted, and during that time a great many papers on a wide variety of subjects have been written by its members or by friends interested in the objects of the Society...

Stromness, June, 1905.

 

The contents of the book make for fascinating reading.  Written at a time of great interest in the geology, flora and fauna of Orkney as a whole, it is an interesting insight into the minds of the late Victorian members.  Articles include The Trap Dykes of Stromness and Neighbourhood;  The Ruins of Breckness: Prehistoric and Modern;  The Oyce of Firth;  Manufactor of Straw Articles in Orkney;  Glaciation in Orkney;  Observations on Some Birds in the Mainland of Orkney;  Habits of Birds frequenting Sule Skerry;  The Migration of Birds as observed from Sule Skerry;  A Chambered Mound near Breckness, Stromness, Orkney;  and The Identification of Birds.

We here reproduce one of those articles, the first in the list; The Trap Dykes of Stromness and Neighbourhood.

 

Portaits of Office Bearers from 1837-1874.

L-R: Rev James Ritchie, President, 1885-97;  Rev William Stobbs, Secretary, 1837-63;  Dr Chas Clouston, President, 1837-85; Mr William Ross, Secretary, 1865-70; Rev J S Nisbet, Secretary, 1870-74