"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.
Old Parish Registers
- Baptisms, 1632-1854. Incomplete Aug 1650-June 1658. No entries 1699-Aug 1758.
- Marriages, 1632-1854. No entries Jan 1651-Oct 1658, July 1702-Nov 1758.
- Burials, 1793-1854.
Other church records (held at Orkney Archives in Kirkwall).
- Ref: OCR/KC/23: Shapinsay Kirk: Baptisms 1871-1932, Communion Roll 1871-1956.
- Ref: OCR/FC/27: Shapinsay United Free Kirk/North Kirk: Baptisms 1868-1918, Communion Roll 1918-1933.
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.
- The transcription of the section for Shapinsay from the National Gazetteer (1868) provided by Colin Hinson.
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