The Folklore of Orkney and Shetland

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The two island groups of Orkney and Shetland have much in common. Yet, surprisingly the customs of both islands vary markedly, part of the very different styles of life of both communities, one living in a much harsher landscape than the other. This work explores their lore and custom.

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Ernest Marwick was born 1915 in Evie, Orkney. His only formal education was at Evie School which he attended until he was 10, after that he was self-educated. He started off working on the family farm, but went on to become a distinguished scholar specializing in folklore, local history, and poetry. Additionally, he went into broadcasting and writing and editing. In 1960 he founded the first local radio programme Town and Country with the BBC. He was a regular presenter and interviewer for the programme and he went on to do over 800 broadcasts for the BBC. The Folklore of Orkney and Shetland was published in 1975 and he then went on to collect and assemble The History of the Orkney People in the Nineteenth Century. He died in 1977.

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