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The extraordinary but true story of how Cornelia,

a Vanderbilt heiress,

came to marry William Goodsir,

of St Margaret’s Hope, South Ronaldsay

and how she came to rest in an unmarked* grave on this beautiful, but remote, wind-swept isle.

* no longer

Soft cover, 132 pages, with photos


The author, US-based Alan Toney, visited South Ronaldsay especially to research this extraordinary story and so liked our island that he has, with exceeding generosity, instructed that all proceeds from the sale of this book are to go to the St Mary's Preservation Trust.

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To buy this book, please send an email with the name and full address details to which it should be sent, by clicking the button below. As the mail order processing and posting of the books is being done on a volunteer basis by The Creel B&B (one of the sponsors of the Trust), you will be sent an invoice from The Creel, which can be paid using your credit card.

The book will be posted on receipt of payment. Proof of postage will then be emailed to you.

Post and packing will be charged at cost. 

UK First Class £2.00 (signed for £3.00), Europe £4.35 (signed for £8.80), Rest of World £5.65 (signed for £10.15)

Please indicate in your emails if you want 'signed for' post. We will assume not unless told.