The National Gazetteer of Great Britain and Ireland - 1868

[Description(s) from The National Gazetteer (1868)]

"EVIE, a parish and postal village, one of the Mainland Orkney Islands, Scotland. It includes Rendall and the isle of Gairsay. Its length is 10 miles, its greatest breadth 4 miles. The surface is broken and hilly. This parish is in the presbytery of Kirkwall and synod of Orkney. The minister has a stipend of £154. The church stands at Evie. It was built about the year 1700. Here are also a Free church and Congregational chapel. There are four private and a Society's school. The best bay is that of Woodwick on the South Loch. Swans is within the limits. Fairs are held on the last Wednesday in June and the last Friday in October."

"GAIRSAY, one of the Mainland Orkney Islands, Scotland, in the parish of Evie and Rendall, 7 miles N. of Kirkwall, 2 miles long and 1 mile broad. It rises to a considerable altitude towards the centre, and consists of pasture and arable land. Millburn is a small harbour on the S. side, near which are the remains of an old residence of Sir William Craigie."

"RENDALL, an ancient parish in the district of Mainland, Orkney, counties Orkney and Shetland, Scotland, 3 miles W. of Shapinshay Island. It is now united with Evie (which see)."

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