South Ronaldsay Stories

This page will feature stories and anecdotes about the island, this church and others on the island, recollections, and oral history. Contributions heartily welcomed. Email your contributions to saintmarysburwick@gmail.com

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A newborn baby's life is saved by a boat trip from Swona to Caithness during a storm

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The history of the Ladykirk 

Stone by Willie Thomson


The story of Bonestaff

and his burial

Told in Orcadian by Alex Annal

Book by Alan Toney

A Vanderbilt in Orkney

The Wreck of the Brig Columbus.

One of its crew is buried in St Mary's