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Margaret Flaws Memorial Lecture

Remnants of a square tower and ramparts are all that survive of Cubbie Roo’s Castle on Wyre, with the name linked both to a legendary giant and to an actual figure in 12th-century Norse Orkney, Kolbein Hruga. Little is known of him outwith the Orkneyinga Saga, but Margaret Flaws in Wyre, well-known for her studies in Orkney’s history, dialect and tradition, gradually pieced together a web of family connections showing how Orkney’s leading families were linked together with rich families in Norway, in trade, shipping and politics. Spencer Rosie shows how she traced the various clues, and the picture it reveals of the wealth and power of the Orkney of the Norse earls, including Sweyn Asleifsson and the ancestor of the Flett family of today.

You can watch this free event from here, through the YouTube link which will be coming shortly, or if you’d like to join questions and discussion, you can also go to the Science Festival’s YouTube channel

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