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The Castle, Main Street, Kirkwall
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The Castle, Main Street, Kirkwall

A Tom Kent picture, date unknown, showing Robert Nicolson's House, known as The Castle. As you go along Main Street, you can still see remains of this up an opening to your left, near the junction with the Back Road. The frontage is now all gone (I believe).

Marion- you'll know more about this than me.
Picture added on 26 August 2005
There was a spring about there called the Gutterhole which was said to have some of the best drinking water in Kirkwall. Can anyone say precisely where it was?
Added by Paul Sutherland on 26 August 2005
The castle was between the houses 34 & 36 Main St. and the end house known as Sandisons or MacKesons. I suspect this picture may predate 1920. The gutter hole was at the opposite end of 34/36 in the wide opening which still exists.
Added by John Schollay on 19 August 2006
On 1841 Census we notice our family living at Gutterhole, can't find it on a map. Information about the place would be welcome.
Added by M. Tottle on 30 September 2008
My grandfather John Robert Nicolson was born 10th April 1893 in Junction Rd to George Nicolson (coach driver) & Margaret Crombie Nicolson. Nee Hourston. Would love to make contact with family members. JR Nicolson came out to NZ about 1913.
Added by Patricia Rae Turner, nee Nicolson on 04 May 2009
My husbands family of John Thomas Nicolson born about 1830 from the Orkneys, came to South Australia about 1860. Could this be the area/place he came from Kirkwall? Love to know the history. Nicolson married a Nicholls.I will look forward to visiting this wonderful part of the world, especially looking at the scenery and amazing buildings!
Added by Kathy Nicholls on 15 December 2010
Catching up on my viewing!

Does anyone know what the plaque was. I suspect it was a coat of arms but Hossack doesn't mention it. Any ideas?
Added by Bruce Gorie on 08 August 2018
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