Olrig Observations & YouTube Channel

Welcome to our digital media page.

Olrig Observations is a small but growing series of short podcasts on a variety of topics, ranging from objects of interest and stories of characters from history, to reminisences about past events of importance or amusement! Created by our volunteer members, each podcast offers a sometimes personal glimpse into some aspect of the social, industrial, agricultural, maritime, military and archaeological heritage of the village of Castletown within the Parish of Olrig in Caithness.

Our YouTube Channel currently features a selection of audio-visual presentations and videos of local scenes. We are hoping to grow our offering to include videos of our heritage workshops, craft demonstrations and other heritage based activities.

You can listen to the podcast episodes or watch the videos either by clicking on the links above, or via the embedded players and indexes below:

 


Olrig Observations

 

INDEX
1
The Edwardian Postcard The fascinating story behind a postcard posted in Castletown, Caithness, Scotland, in November 1909.
2
The Missionary Muriel reveals some reminiscences of William Waters from Bowermadden, whose passion to become a successful overseas missionary in the late 1700s didn't run entirely to plan....
3
The expeditionary adventures of James 'Forbie' Sutherland. Local man James 'Forbie' Sutherland's adventures on board James Cook's 'Endeavour' in exploring and charting the lands of the south Pacific.
4
Vikings, Tythes and the Parish of Olrig. Whilst out walking on the Dunnet Head peninsula, Muriel enjoys the panoramic view of the Parish of Olrig and reflects upon some aspects of the influence the Vikings and the Church had upon past life in the Parish.
5
The Barque Samarang and Captain John S Goudie. A time-worn ninetheenth century oil painting of the Barque Samarang passing the Rock of Gibralter sparks an investigation into the three-masted vessel's fascinating history, and during the voyage of discovery a lesson is learned that all is not always what it seems....
6
The late Victorian Mourning Dress Lindsay Broomfield, a professional costume maker with a passion for heritage costumes reviews our entry to the virtual Highland Threads Exhibition. The mourning outfit dates from the turn of the twentieth century and was lovingly passed down from mother to daughter over four generations. The outfit represents a time when the approach to death, funerals and widowhood were vastly different from attitudes today.
7
The St Dunstan's Clock Jayne relates the story behind an unusual clock which features braille markings and an engraved plaque 'St Dunstan's 1915 - 1965'. The tale reveals some of the terrifying ordeals local man Walter Mackay experienced as a young man during World War I and his bravery and indomitable spirit after the war.
8
The Custer Tablecloth is a unique and poignant memento of the many service personnel who were based at RAF Castletown during WWII. The story behind it gives a flavour of the impact such a large military operation had on the village of Castletown and the surrounding area. The very existance of the tablecloth is down to the forward thinking of a young woman who captured evidence of an important but transient moment in history in a distinctive and personal way.
9
Birkle Hill on the south-east edge of Castletown may not be high in absolute terms, but it offers a commanding view of the surrounding farmland, the village of Castletown and Dunnet Bay. Muriel researches the derivation of the name 'Birkle' and explores some of the features associated with the hill, uncovering many connections with the humble Birch tree.

 


YouTube Channel

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INDEX
1
Views around Castletown
2

Following the Threads of History - A glimpse of our past as revealed by remnants of cloth

3
One Caithness family against Napoleon - The Williamsons of Banniskirk 1803 - 1812
4
Frances Purves of Thurdistoft, Castletown - The amazing story of a Caithness ex-pat
5
The Australian Connection - The importance of Caithness settlers in establishing the state of Victoria, Australia