William P. L. Thomson, OBE, MA, M.Univ., Dip.Ed., FSA Scot


1933 - 2016, former Honorary Research Fellow

William ThomsonCentre for Nordic Studies
University of the Highlands and Islands
Kiln Corner
KW15 1QX

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William P.L.Thomson was Rector of Kirkwall Grammar School from 1971 to 1991. Previously he was Principal Teacher of History and Geography in the Anderson High School, Shetland. He is the author of many books about Orkney. He sadly passed away in July 2016.

Select Publications

Orkney Land and People (Kirkwall 2008)

The New History of Orkney (Edinburgh 2001)

Lord Henry Sinclair's 1492 Rental of Orkney (Kirkwall 1996)

The History of Orkney (Edinburgh 1987)

Kelp-making in Orkney (Kirkwall 1983)

The Little General and the Rousay Crofters (Edinburgh 1981)