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Holms, (Isles), Orkney

Historical Description

HOLMS (ISLES), in the county of Orkney. "Holm" signifies a small island fit only for pasturage, and is a name by which several islands of the Orkney group are known, with, in most cases, a distinctive affix referring to the name of that part of the coast off which any Holm may be situated. Of these islands, one simply called Holm is in the parish of Westray, and lies on the east side of Papa-Westray. Holm of Grimbister, in the parish of Firth, is situated in a creek, off the farm or shore of Grimbister in the same parish. Holm of Houton, or the Holm off the Point of Houton, belongs to Ophir parish, and is south of the main land, in Scalpa Flow; its scanty herbage feeds a few sheep. Holm of Huip, in the parish of Stronsay, lies north of the island of Stronsay, and is appropriated to the pasturage of sheep and cattle: Huip is the name of a farm upon the shore of Stronsay. Holm of Pharay, in the parish of Eday, is situated in Westray Firth, and northwest of Eday, and forms a northern point of Fersness bay. All these isles are of very small extent, and uninhabited. Holm of Midgarth, in the parish of St. Peter, Stronsay, is also of moderate extent; but it has two dwellings, and six persons at present reside upon it.

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