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Flett family crest

This is the Flett crest featured in a stained glass window in Magnus Cathedral, Kirkwall.
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Picture added on 25 December 2007
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I viewed the Flett family coat of arms with great interest. My ancesters trace back to William, David, Peter (2), George Frederick and George.The later two in Australia but the others to England and originally The Orkney Islands at Kirkwall, Stromness Orkney.
Added by Raymond George Flett on 02 January 2008
I'm just wondering if you guys have any relatives in australia can you please let me know
Added by Stephanie Flett on 29 May 2009
Very interesting - does anyone know if the crest was officially registered? My ancestors mostly come from the Birsay region of Orkney them moved to Durham & finally New Zealand
Added by Bill Flett on 14 October 2009
This is much different than the other coat of arms I had found around the internet. At least for the region of Scotland - Two Stags Facing each other and a national flower on the bottom if I remember correctly.
Added by William Flett on 03 March 2010
I am part of the flett and im from Australia
Added by Haylee Flett on 29 April 2010
I'm Donald Flett from Campbell River, BC Canada my family James Flett came from the orkneys in which he moved too Selkirk, MB
Added by Donald Flett on 14 September 2010
My ancestor, John Flett, came from the Orkney Islands in the early 1800s. He worked for the Hudsons Bay Co. and later settled on one of the Selkirk lots in the Red River area. His son moved to Sask in 1875 where he farmed at Flett Springs which is a few miles from Melfort.
Added by Kathleen Flett on 20 May 2011
Hallo , I am from NZ and my great great grand father was a Flett, from Stromness and then I believe back to either Sweden or Denmark, He settled in NZ in 1856.
Added by Decima Gambitsis on 14 July 2011
My great grandmother, Catherine Flett, emigrated to Canada from the Orkneys in the early 1900's. She was a widow and homesteaded in the Binscarth, Manitoba area. My sister, cousin and I hope to see this crest at the cathedral when we visit the Orkneys this Aug. and Sept.
Added by Carol Britton on 14 April 2013
Documented in Kirkwall library is an article about Thorkel Flett, subject of the stained glass window.He was assassinated circa 13th C. He lent his longboat to one of the three feuding earls of Orkney. My maternal g.g. Grandfather James Flett of Fraserburgh was born in Kirkwall..
I would like to know the meaning of the term 'roithman'. is it ancient Nordic?

[A roithman had extra rights under Udal Law, such as the right of redemption, the right to buy back family lands that ahd been sold. J Storer Clouston's Records of the Earldom of Orkney 1299-1614 lists the Roithman families, many names of which will be familiar:

Berstane of Cletts
Cragy of Brough
Cromarty of Cara
Clouston of Clouston
Corrigall of Corrigall
Flett of Netherbrough
Flett of Hobbister and of Gruthay
Fraser of Tohop
Heddle of Heddle
Halcro of Halcro
Halcro of Aikers
Ireland of Ireland
Irving of Sabay
Kirkness of Kirkness
Linklater of Linklater
Loutitt of Lyking
Ness and Tulloch of Ness
Paplay of Paplay and Sands
Rendall of Rendall
Sclater of Burness
Scarth of Scarth
Sinclair of Air
Sinclair of Warsetter
Tulloch of Lambholm
Yenstay of Yenstay

- Steven]

Added by Norma Simpson on 21 April 2013
Yes,my sister,been trying to track down our lineage,to the Orkneys, I'm from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada,
Added by Wesley Flett on 19 June 2013
I am a descendant of Andrew Flett from Ophir, Orkney. Worked for the Hudson's Bay Co. Son John, my line
Added by Linda on 04 July 2013
This was most interesting. My gggrandfather came to Canada in 1846, worked for HBC in McKenzie district for 36 years.
He was born in Orphir, Orkneys 1827 or 1829. After retiring he moved to Red Hill Saskatchewan and died there in Prince Albert in 1889.
He had a very distiguished record with HBC.
Added by Nora Lande on 09 July 2013
Found Nora Lande's comment interesting. My gggrandfather John Flett came to the Red Deer Hill area from Winnipeg in 1875. His father was from Kirkwall in the Orkneys. Wonder if there is a connection.
Added by Kathleen Flett on 15 July 2013
After years of family research, I finally discovered that I am related to John Flett (Margaret Garioch) who lived in Orphir in the early to mid 1700's. Flatt is my maiden name and my latter generations came through Maryland and ended up in Tennessee and Mississippi.
Added by Terry Hale on 21 October 2013
Jasper Flett was my 7th great grandfather. Does anyone have his date he died? My 6th great grandfather was James Flett who married Margaret Garrioch (Garioch). 5th great grandfather was John Flett (Flatt) who was 'transported' to America in 1757 for two counts of larceny. John married Mary Savage in Maryland, then my 4 x great John Henry Flatt migrated from Maryland to Roane Co, TN to Overton Co, TN. My 3x great Isaac Columbus Flatt migrated from Roane Co, Tn to Jackson County, TN where he died in Dec 31, 1896 in Jackson Co, TN. That is my line.
Added by Susie Culwell on 24 November 2013
My Great grandfather was George Flett,that went with John Rae on his adventures of the Northwest Passage Added by Colleen Gray New Zealand

Added by Colleen Gray on 07 December 2013
James Craigie married Jane Copland immigrated to NZ from Orkney. His parents were James Craigie, a merchant seaman and Jane/Jean Flett B 21.9.1802 d 2.8.1882. Her parents were George Flett and Christian Inkster. Hope I'm on the right lineage. Can anyone confirm for me? And if so can I trace the line back further?
Added by Cherie Mortensen on 15 December 2013
To Kathleen Flett, please contact Nora at noralande@shaw.ca
Added by Nora Lande on 16 December 2013
I seem to be able to get back to John Flett (1790-1873) who married Katherine Redland (1793-1865) in 1822 and four of their boys, William, Thomas, James and Joseph, left the Kirkwall area of the Orkneys for the Fenelon Falls area of Victoria County about 1.5 hours NE of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. William was my Great, Great, Grandfather and there are still Flett's in that area. I live in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Added by Douglas Melville Flett on 05 June 2014
My family-in-law are Fletts and i managed to get back directly to Jasper Flett b. abt 1683 Orkney - Married to Helen Edward b.abt 1687, and had 7 children 5 boys and two girls. But i can't seem to find the connection any further back. I am in the process of tracing down from Thorkell and later generations which so far haven't yielded a connect to our tree yet. If anyone wants great sites to look i recommend RootsWeb's worldconnect Project Global Search and Family Search.
Added by Amy-Louise Eade on 29 December 2014
My great grandfather, John Flett 9/10/1831-26/11/1914 and his wife, Jessie Isbister ?/10/1839-23/8/1914 migrated from Stromness, Orkney to Victoria Australia.

John Flett is, of course, a descendent of Jasper Flett.
Other Orcadian ancestors include Isbister, Sutherland, Stockan/Stoken & Irvine, with others such as Twatt, Stove & Baikie from the Shetlands.
Added by John Barber on 25 February 2015
Hello to all the Flett's :) My name is Craig Flett and in my family there's a lot more mainly around Wales and Scotland. My grandma is wanting a canvas print of this picture but even the larger picture isn't the best resolution. Is there anyway I could get the original print? I don't mind if you put your name on the bottom. Taken by... etc. Hope you can help and thanks.
Added by Craig Flett on 07 March 2015
Hi there, my great great grandfather was Henry Baxter Flett who settled in Milton. My great grandmother was his second to last child Ann. I have a brooch of the coat of arms shield from a reunion held in Milton early in 1996, organised by Graham Flett.
Added by Robyn Stebbing (nee Welsh) on 27 October 2015
I am from the Fletts that came to Australia..
William,Robert, James and David.....c.1924
Added by Pauline on 21 November 2015
Myeys, t name is Carole Flett from Dublin Ireland . My grandfather was Louis Douglas Flett and he came from t
Added by Carole, Mary Flett on 24 January 2016
Hello to all, my family tree research is pointing to the Flett families of Orkney as the source of our Flatt family's progenitor in the United States. When I came across this crest image I had to wonder about the device in the center on the black background. At the risk of sounding silly, what is it? Any help would be appreciated.
Added by J. S. Flatt on 02 February 2016
Hi there, Further to my Oct 27, 2015 comment I should mention that I'm from New Zealand and one of the NZ descendents of Henry Baxter Flett. Henry settled at Table Hill near Milton, a little town of 2000 people near Dunedin, NZ's southern most city in the province of Otago. I hadn't made that clear. Robyn Stebbing (nee Welsh)
Added by Robyn Stebbing on 01 March 2016
I am a young Flett in Kings Lynn England
Added by Jack Flett on 12 September 2016
My Grandfather Louis Douglas FLETT came from Fraserburgh to Fort William and then to Dublin Ireland around 1870.His wife's name was Mary and he had 3 sons Jack, Douglas and Desmond Des Flett wasmy father.I wound if anyone has any info on him.
Added by Carole Still on 15 September 2016
The strange looking device in the centre is actually a drinking horn. The coats-of-arms in the stained glass windows were designed by J. Storer Clouston and this one comes from a gravestone at the east end of St Magnus Cathedral next to the sleeping figure of John Rae.
Added by Spencer Rosie on 16 September 2016
Thank you so much for the clarification Spencer Rose.
Added by Linda on 20 September 2016
My thanks too for Spencer Rosie's clarification of the Flett coat-of-arms above. I hope to see it in person someday.
Added by Steve on 04 October 2016
I am the grandson of Raymond George Flett, I am very interested in where the Flett's originated. Jasper Flett is the futherest known ancestor of mine. Dating back to c. 1600's. I know we came from the Orkneys and we've migrated to Victoria, Australia. It's fascinating to see all these names that I have a connection to. I want to extend my knowledge of my name.
Added by Jaden Flett on 08 July 2017
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