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Inside the building on Damsay
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Inside the building on Damsay

Inside the building on Damsay. I am told it was once a pub.
Picture added on 12 November 2012 at 10:33
Comments:
Interesting. Every time I drive through Finstown I look at that island.
Is there any more info about it.Like who owns it? Whose are the sheep sometimes grazing there and how do they get there. When was it last inhabited? how mabny residents etc?
Added by J Russell on 13 November 2012
I think Damsay is owned or rented by Binscarth. They put sheep on it in the 1970s and probably still do? I can remember going out to Damsay with Jock Manson, the Grieve of Binscarth when I worked at Binscarth during the summer in the early 1970s. Not sure about it being a pub! It was a Norse Hall and the scene of the killing of Earl Haraldsson. There also might have been a nunnery on it.
Added by Emile Flett on 16 November 2012
I am told that the bay of Firth was a popular anchorage and a lady who lived on Damsay used to sell beer to the seamen. Anybody got more info?
Added by W Watters on 19 November 2012
Damsay was definitely part of the Binscarth estates in my grandfather's time. I have a photograph of him and his brother (Sandy and Bob Scarth) in the "Sheepie Boats" sailing back over from Damsay. That would be the late 1910s/early 1920s.
Added by Heather Holdridge on 11 November 2013
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