An Orkney Boyhood

By Duncan Cameron Mackenzie

Edited by Mark A. Mulhern

Format: Paperback

Duncan Cameron Mackenzie has written an honest and humorous memoir about his life up to the age of 16, living on Burray, one of the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland.

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Duncan Cameron Mackenzie was born in 1949. this is an honest and humorous memoir about his life up to the age of 16 living on Burray (3 x 5km round)- one of the Orkney Islands off the north coast of Scotland. The author enjoyed: the town hall cinema, making an electric blanket, encountering jelly fish at Scapa Flow, cutting peats, making wooden boats and much more. A highlight of the year was the traditional New year's Day Ba' Game ('more like a small scale civil war') which could have from 200 to 600 players and last up to nine hours.

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Format Paperback
Imprint National Museums of Scotland Enterprises - Publishing
Publication Date 18 Apr 2011
ISBN 9781905267545
Number of Pages 144

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' ... This is a very readable book which at one and the same time will stir the memory of the elderly and stimulate the curiosity of the young ... ' Scottish Local History ' ... It is combination of the familiar (though often forgotten) and the unfamiliar which makes "An Orkney Boyhood" such a joy." Undiscovered Scotland

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