I read a blog post with this tagline on Cindy Freed’s Genealogy Circle – “Yep, I do have the chance and I’m gonna to do it” and this is my response to Cindy’s question, “Can you walk where your people walked?”
As Cindy is, I am very lucky to be able to walk where my people walked. I don’t currently live in Unst, but I lived there for many years of my life and I visit my parents who still live there on regular (“Not regularly enough” – Mum) occasions.
On one of my recent visits, my mum and I walked out to a pair of derelict croft houses at Clugan, where her great-grandmother lived as a little girl before the family were evicted to make space for larger sheep farms. It is a beautiful spot on a fine weather day with a sea view (well pretty much all of Shetland has a sea view – you can’t get more than three miles from the sea anywhere in Shetland) and the tiny island of Huney just across from the beach below the houses. I’m sure it is also a pretty wild place to be in bad weather, and as with many croft houses, fairly isolated.
The above is a map surveyed in 1878, but the croft houses can also be seen on satellite images that make up the modern Google Maps.
If any of my readers can also walk where their ancestors walked, I’m sure Cindy would love to hear about it on her blog too.