QUIVIS - whoever, whatever.



Quivis now focuses on my LINKLATER forebears, including Boissard, Soundy, Melville, Bell, Irvine, McLelland, Flint, and Roxburgh. General background and historical information on Orkney has its own section; see next panel. My paternal grandfather and great-grandfather have sections to themselves - see panels below.    

Rackwick, Hoy

ORKNEY now has its own separate section. In order to make navigation simpler I have separated the genealogical stuff about Linklater (see previous panel) from the more general Orkney topographical and historical pages which now have their own menu. See    


Orkney Timeline is summary of major events in Orkney over the last 380 million years. It is formatted to print as an A5 booklet, i.e. twelve A5 sheets printed on both sides which, when folded in half, form a pocket-sized booklet of 48 pps plus illustrated cover. An A4 map with the principle sites mentioned is included. Costs three quid - if you know what that is.    


The Life of Captain ARTHUR DAVID LINKLATER [b.1879 d.1955], my grandfather, together with his Sailing Journals covering three voyages as an apprentice aboard the barque ‘BRITISH PRINCESS’ 1895-1900. There is a lot of background information on the great age of sail, pilotage of the River Hooghli, Cape Horn, a nautical glossary and much else besides. As the Journals are unpublished, access to the bulk of them is restricted to immediate family.   


Documents in my possession relating to the Island of HERM under the ownership of JAMES STEVENS LINKLATER from 1884-9. James Stevens Linklater [b.1850 d.1899] was Arthur David Linklater's father, my great-grandfather and the last of my immediate ancestors to be born and raised in Orkney.   


TURNERY & TREEN - the bulk of what was Designlink. Mainly things wooden, especially turnery and bowls made by me from green apple (see KILVERT for the ‘how’), and calligraphy and heraldry on wood. But I now find myself increasingly in sympathy with the opening of Eliot's ‘Ash-Wednesday’ see    


Gavin DOUGLAS (c. 1474 d. 1522) poet, bishop and meddler in politics, produced the first and, in the view of many, best translation of Virgil's Aeneid or, as Douglas called it, Eneados. To each book he added his own ‘Proloug’ which is what I have reproduced here from Small's edition of his works published in Edinburgh 1874. Small used the Elphynstoun MS for his edition. Dying of plague in London, Douglas was buried in the Savoy Chapel and is commemorated in the window above.    


On the virtues of sea-bathing, something I used to indulge in off Orcombe Point near Exmouth, Devon. But it din't always go exactly according to plan.   


Buying Wild Bird Seed is a complete waste of money as far as I am concerned. The simple fact is that the birds that visit my garden in rural Somerset, including the occasional spelndid partridge (see above), do not eat the vast majority of what is sold as ‘wild bird seed.’ Far better then to buy separately the few seeds they do eat from such mixtures - a fact I set about proving to my own satisfaction in these pages.   

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