FOLLOWING THE FLETTS

September 11, 2023 → 3:30 pm4:30 pm

Phoenix Cinema, Pickaquoy, Kirkwall

Roy Drever Memorial Lecture

The Fletts have long been to the fore in almost every aspect of Orkney life from Orkneyinga Saga times onwards, from farming and business to education and study, and not forgetting numerous victorious Harray teams in the Parish Cup. How far back can we trace them? And where did they originally come from?

Prof. Jim Flett Wilson of Edinburgh University brings genetics together with family history to trace the story – and goes on to look at the Drevers, the Sinclairs, the Rendalls and the Linklaters, among others, as well.

The lecture is dedicated to another member of the Flett family, Roy Drever from Kirkwall and Guildford, a regular visitor to the Festival, who sowed a science festival seed back in the 1960s by encouraging two other longstanding members of the Festival team to take part in the Fancy Dress parade on the Saturday night of Stromness Shopping Week with the theme of ‘Modern Science and the Atom’, involving considerable quantities of water and smoke. Roy and Jim are first cousins once removed, with their mothers from the Fletts of Kingshouse in Harray.

Tickets £6 & £4 can be booked through this LINK.

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