"QUARFF, an island and quoad sacra parish, with Burra and Noss Island, Shetland Isles, coast of Scotland, 4 miles S.W. of Lerwick on Mainland. The populated part of the island consists of a valley, extending two miles in length by half a mile broad, and flanked on each side by lofty hills. This parish is in the presbytery of Lerwick, and in the patronage of the crown. The minister has a stipend of £120. The parish church was erected in 1828, this parish having previously formed part of Bressay. There is an Established church in Burra. There are besides a Free Church preaching station, and places of worship for the Independents, Wesleyans, and Baptists."
[from The National Gazetteer of of Great Britain and Ireland (1868)
Transcribed by Colin Hinson ©2003]