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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
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 [email protected]
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
Hi. My 4th great grandfather, Charles "David" Flett came from Harray, Orkney to the province of NB, Canada, before 1860 when he died here, with his wife Jannet (Borwick) married Dec 1802, and children, John (1804-), Christian (1805-), Peggy (1807-), David (1813-), Ann (1813-), Jannet (1817-), Jean (1820-), and my 3rd g-grandfather, William Alexander (28 Jan 1815-1871) who married Mary Ann Wark in St. John, NB in 1838. Looking to find the previous generations before Charles David and Janet back in the Orkney's. The name of my line changed to FLEET by my 2nd great grandfather who moved to Fredericton, NB, although some descendants maintained the Flett surname in the Moncton, NB area.
Added by Kim Lebeau on 13 February 2018
My March 2016 post re Henry Baxter Flett didn't make it clear that he settled in Milton, New Zealand. So I'm part of the New Zealand arm of the far flung Flett family - and proud of it! Robyn Welsh-Stebbing, Auckland, New Zealand

Added by Robyn Welsh-Stebbing on 06 March 2018
Hi Robyn Welsh-Stebbing! You still have some relatives in Orkney through the mother of the first Henry Baxter Flett - Ann Spence Wood. She was born in Evie in Orkney, and there are still Woods in Evie. I went to school with one, who would be your fifth cousin.
Added by Stewart Miller on 05 May 2018
My family came from a fishing village called Footdee. Its the end of a river that comes from Braemar Ballater right through the northeast and meets the sea in Aberdeen.
Added by Allan James Flett. on 04 October 2018
Are there any Flett family members on here related to Albert Flett, born Flotta 1916? His parents were John and Ellen Flett.
Added by John Heard on 01 December 2018
Hi Robyn Welsh-Stebbing and Stewart Miller! You also have relatives in Western Australia and the Northern Territory - some of the children and beyond of Marjory Lowell, daughter of Mary Flett, daughter of David Flett & Margaret Jane Seed, from Henry Baxter Flett & Mary Douglas (and so on) :)
Added by Leigh Hales on 04 January 2019
My husband's mother was Lillian Kathleen Flett b 10th April 1916 u.c.h London d 1969 Brent London. Had a twin sister. D of Arthur Henry Flett b 22nd Dec 1891 51 High st Erith Kent He was s of a John Henry Flett. Love to hear from any interested searchers.
Added by Mavis O'Rourke on 19 January 2019
My husband is Michael Donald Flett and his father was Robert Martin Gibbons Flett - we've been told his family originate from Orkney don't know if there are any relatives there?
Added by Lesley Flett on 21 February 2019
Hi. I'm from Wellington New Zealand. My grandfather, Alfred James Flett came to New Zealand from Banff in Northern Scotland. I'd love to find out more information about my family....has anyone got a family tree?
Added by Kevin Turley on 24 February 2019
Sorry, I got my Grandfathers name wrong in my earlier post, it was actually William Alfred Flett.
Added by Kevin Turley on 24 February 2019
Hi my name Don Flett my dad Willie Flett his Henry Flett, Thomas Flett, William Flett, James Flett originated Orkney Islands
Added by Don Flett on 23 March 2019
Hi Robyn Welsh-Stebbing.
I think that I am descended from Henry Baxter Flett’s younger sister Helen. They emigrated to Australia with their parents in 1853.
Henry Baxter headed to New Zealand.p from there I believe.
Helen stayed in the gold fields of Victoria Australia.
Added by Christine Christie on 23 April 2019
I am visiting from Australia. My grandmother was Ada Jane Flett, passed away in 1952. Her father was Peter Spence Flett, from Orkney Island. I am visiting Orkney in the near future and would like some info on where he originated.
Added by Rodney Coe on 30 April 2019
For those seeking information on their family history, please contact Orkney Family History Society. They have a dedicated team of volunteers who are happy to help with research. They have a website and a Facebook page and an office within the Orkney Library & Archive open daily except Sundays.
Added by Jackie Harrison on 28 May 2019
My great grandfather was John Smith Flett. The family who put the window in the Kirk. We are direct descendant s of the family who is still on Orkney. Part of our family left with the Hudson Bay. Part live in Vancouver. Part in Australia. Part in London part still on the original farm in Orkney .
Added by Kirsten Flett on 19 October 2019
Roithman was a term for udal landowners that had priveleges as councilmen on the court. Fletts as landowners of land inherited from Chieftan Thorkell Flettir. The other Roithmen on that stained glass are Hacro, Ayrland and Paplay. The head of the court was Cloustath - the Lawman
Added by ROBERT A FLETT on 21 August 2020
I've only just been alerted to these most recent comments and I'm delighted to read them. Thanks to Stewart Miller 5 May 2018, Christine Christie 23 April 2019 and everyone else. This is wonderful
Added by Robyn Welsh-Stebbing on 10 September 2020
Hello fellow Fletts. I have traced my paternal Flett lineage to James Flett b 1660 in Burghead . His father was John Flett b 1640 likely in Kirkwall. Probably of the Fletts of Netherbrough, Hobbister , Gruthay. My immediate family from 1700s on are from Findochty. I have a Facebook page - Findochty Fletts. Look me up. I have alot of family history there and I need more input from you all . Cheers. Robert Alexander Mckerrell Flett
Added by ROBERT FLETT on 14 September 2020
Wow. This is amazing. My grandfather was John Flett from Victoria, Australia. My dad was James Alexander, died in 1992. Would love to hear from other Victorian Flett’s.
Added by Carolyn Flett on 13 February 2021
Hi there,..
My name is Joe Deighton, but was born Joe Flett.
My ancestry dates back from 1762, when William Flett came to Canada. My bloodline was proven to go back all the way to William Flett, by the St Boniface Historical museum, in Winnipeg.Is there any other Flett’s that have the same family tree?..:)
Please feel free to contact me,..;)
Added by Joe Flett Deighton on 06 April 2021
My father and his family emigrated from Findochty, UK to Canada in 1929. My dad was 10 years old at the time. My father's name was David Alexander Smith Flett. He was the youngest of 5 brothers and a sister. I presently live in Western New York State about 30 minutes from the Canadian border. I still have Flett family in Southern Ontario.
Added by Marsha Flett on 03 May 2021
My descendants came from Findochty in Scotland where Flett is a common surname. I think the fishing village was established by several Flett brothers who are most likely to have come from the Orkneys. My great grandfather Dr William Simpson Flett came to Australia in the 1880s joining his wife and other family members who had emigrated progressively from the 1860s.
Added by John Flett on 29 May 2021
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