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[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]
"SANDWICK, a parish on the W. side of Mainland, Orkney Islands, coast of Scotland. It extends 7 miles in length, with an extreme breadth of 4 miles, and is bounded by the Atlantic ocean, and by the parishes of Birsay, Harray, Stennis, and Stromness. The surface is of a diversified character, abounding in hills, the highest rising from 300 to 400 feet. The interior is watered by two or three small lochs. The prevailing rocks are trap, sandstone, flagstone, and granite. It has a rocky coast rising sheer from 400 to 500 feet, but one point is a harbour for small vessels. The soil is of various qualities.

Near the shore stands the ruins of Snusgar Castle, and in other parts of the parish ere many tumuli and other antiquities. This parish is in the presbytery of Cairston, synod of Orkney. The stipend of the minister is 158. The parish church was erected in 1836. There is a Free church for this and the parish of Harray. There are also an United Presbyterian church, and Independent chapel, a parochial library, and a non-parochial school."

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]

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