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"Stronsay, island, Stronsay and Eday par., Orkney, 12 miles NE. of Kirkwall, pop. 1274; P.O., T.O.; measures 4½ by 7¼ miles, and is of moderate elevation."

From John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles, 1887



  • The Stronsay Meal Mill: by Gail Cooper. Published Kirkwall 1995. 40pp.
    Includes Chalmers family tree.
  • Auld Peedie Kirks: by W. M. Gibson. Published Kirkwall 1992. 111pp.
    Local church history.
  • Tales of an Orkney Island - Stronsay: by W. M. Gibson. Published by B.P.P., Kirkwall. 1987. 164pp.
    A perceptive history. with lists of inhabitants.
  • The Herring Fishing - Stronsay: by W. M. Gibson. Published by B.P.P., Edinburgh. 1984.
    A classic local history on a once great industry.
  • Against the Wind: by Douglas Sutherland. Published by Wm. Heinemann. 1966.
    Tales of a childhood spent in Stronsay.


Presbyterian / Unitarian
Stronsay, Church of Scotland

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Church Records

Old Parish Registers

  • Baptisms, 1743-1854. No entries Dec 1770-June 1797.
  • Marriages, 1801-1854.
  • Burials, 1801-1854.

Other church records (held at Orkney Archives in Kirkwall).

  • Ref: OCR/FC/32: Stronsay United Presb. Kirk/St. John's United Free Kirk: Baptisms 1800-1818 and 1836-1854, Marriages 1800-1811 and 1837-1854.

Civil Registration

The Registrar of births, deaths, and marriages for the island of Stronsay.
The Registrar's records extend back only as far as 1st January 1855 when registration became compulsory in Scotland.

Description and Travel

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