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"Shapinshay, island and par., Orkney, 1m. N. of the nearest part of Pomona and 4 m. NE. of Kirkwall, 6733 ac., pop. 974; is generally flat, and well-cultivated."
From John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887
The Orkney Balfours 1747-1799: by R P Fereday. Published 1990. 311pp.
Includes discussion of early development of the Balfour estate.
The Laird, the Factor and the Elders: Change and Stress in Shapinsay 1847: by Paul J. Sutherland. Published Kirkwall 1985.
A candid tale of local strife.
The Crofting Pioneer Fringe in Nineteenth Century Shapinsay: by William P. L. Thomson. Published 1985 in Northern Studies xii,28-39.
Isle of Shapinsay: by Dr William Irvine. Published Kirkwall 1976. 147pp.
You can also perform a more selective search for churches in the Shapinsay area or see them printed on a map.
Old Parish Registers
Other church records (held at Orkney Archives in Kirkwall).
The Registrar of births, deaths, and marriages for the island of Shapinsay.
The Registrar's records extend back only as far as 1st January 1855 when registration became compulsory in Scotland.
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You can see maps centred on OS grid reference HY497178 (Lat/Lon: 59.044229, -2.878362), Shapinsay which are provided by: