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NESTING - Extract from National Gazetteer, 1868

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]
"NESTING, a parish in the Shetland Islands, Scotland. It is in the mainland, and in the shire of Orkney and Shetland, with the ancient parishes of Lunnasting and Whalsay and the detached islands of the Skerries, annexed. It extends about 18 miles in length, with an extreme breadth of 4 miles. The inequalities of the surface are considerable, the principal elevations being Catfirth, Doure, and Vidlaw roes. The cultivated portion of the parish is but small, the surface being chiefly bare and mossy. There are neither roads nor bridges, and agriculture is in a very backward state. The inhabitants are chiefly engaged in the fisheries, and consider the cultivation of the land as only a secondary object. Limestone, granite, syenite, and mica slate are abundant, but gneiss is the prevailing rock.

Eswick, Lunnaness, Railsburgh, and Staveness are the chief headlands. The humanity and kindness of the inhabitants to shipwrecked sailors is exemplary, and deserves the highest commendation. The village of Nesting, which stands nearly central of the eastern district of Shetland, is distant about 12 miles N. of Lerwick. This parish is in the presbytery of Olnafirth and synod of Shetland. The minister has a stipend of £150. There are three churches, all in good repair, where the minister officiates in rotation, first at Nesting; secondly and thirdly, at Whalsay; and in the summer he visits the Skerries for about a week. There is a parochial school, also two other schools."

"OUT SKERRIES, a group of 9 islets and rocks, in the parish of Nesting, Shetland Islands, coast of Scotland. They are situated off Luna Ness, at the E. end of Nell Sound, in the Northern Ocean, about 15 leagues N.E. of the Orkneys, and 5 miles N.E. of Whalsay Island. A little beyond lies Outstack Rock, the most northerly point of the British Isles. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in the ling and herring fisheries. "LUNNASTING, (or Lunnasting), a parish in Shetland Islands, Scotland, now united to Nesting, which see.

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

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