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At 12:54 09/10/99 +0100, you wrote:
On the contrary, I find your compilation very informative, and thank you
for sending me a copy. Would you mind if I send a copy to William Mowatt,
the blacksmith on Orkney. He is a very interesting man and is the third
generation blacksmith at South Ronaldsay.
Incidentally he was in attendance at the Prince Henry Symposium and I
have visited him a couple of times to share his thoughts and ideas in
preserving the old SMITHY, as you would expect, Iain Sutherland is also
I will send you an extra copy to forward to Bill Mowat with my
compliments. We married
into the Mowats at one point in our history. Mowat comes from
the French "Mont Hault"
meaning a "high mountain". The name has undergone some
changes and is usually
pronounced "Mode" in Caithness and in Orkney. It was this
pronunciation which led to
the name being written "Mode" in the records of the Hudson Bay
Company. The Mowats of
Shetland write their name as "Mouat" and some Orcadians add an
extra 't' just to be that
little bit different so it becomes Mowatt.
As the records of the Hudson Bay Company have featured in the Sinclair
I am forwarding a copy of this e-mail to the list.