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Burray, Orkney

Historical Description

BURRAY, an island, forming part of the ancient parish of ST. PETER, island of SOUTH RONALDSHAY, South isles of ORKNEY; containing 532 inhabitants. This is a low island, bounded on the south by Water Sound, and on the north by Holm Sound; it is ahout four miles in length, and one in breadth. The soil, which affords good pasturage, is in general a light dry sand, mixed in a few places with some coarse clay. Fishing is the employment of a large portion of the population. Across Water Sound is a ferry, a mile broad, to the island of Ronaldshay.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 1851 by Samuel Lewis