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Hellihole, Stromness


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Picture added on 26 January 2004
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Is there an explanation on the name "Hellihole" Stromness?
Added by Rab Brown. on 29 March 2008
Hellihole (HaleyHole sacred well a.k.a. Brownstown well) [see Orkneyjar website under wells] - at the fork before Brinkies Brae take right-hand track and it is the isolated brown stone structure on the RH side of the road
Added by Martin Howe on 27 September 2008
Do I see the leading light for the harbour in this pic? Is it still in use?
Added by Jimmy Hamilton on 27 September 2008
While researching the name "Muttonhole" Davidson's Mains Edinburgh.
I discovered that Hole in old Scots, means a grazing Plot.

Also I dicovered that Helli in old Scots is Holy| So Hellie hole becomes Holy Grazing Plot.

In Burnse's Satire Death and Dr Hornbook, He refers to Johmie Ged's Hole, and his "Braw calf Ward. translated into "A walled off area to graze and rear young calves, safely"


Added by Robert Brown on 27 September 2008
Yes Jimmy, the leading lights are still very much in use.
Added by Stewart Taylor on 28 September 2008
My gggrandfather was headmaster of the Free Church School on Hellihole Rd in the 1840s. Can anyone tell me if the old Temperance Hall of the 1880s was originally the school. I believe it has now been sold for housing.
Added by Jim Hendrick on 21 January 2012
See picture #1228 & picture #24824 for leading lights.
Anonymous comment added on 22 January 2012
I thought there was a wee light further up the hill wi' sectors , before the ones seen in this pic were put up, I think it is showing a bit to the left of the top leading light... was stone built like a wee lighthouse, with red sectors and a white leading light... Fred or Willie will ken..


Added by Jimmy Hamilton on 22 January 2012
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