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Orkney Heritage Society has published books, journals and newsletters, both on its own and in conjunction with other organisations and professional publishers.

The latest publication is the Henry Sinclair Casebook  by Vicki Hild. Henry I Sinclair was a minor Lowland Scottish noble, who became a trusted servant of a ‘foreign’ king in Scandinavia, after being installed in 1379 as Earl of Orkney, then still part of Norway’s Atlantic territories. The book touches on Henry Sinclair’s controversial voyage to America, supposedly carried out by Henry a century before the time of Columbus and provides an extensive bibliography for further research.

To buy a copy, visit our bookshop.


The New Orkney Antiquarian Journal was first published in 1999 as a joint venture with Orkney Archaeological Trust.

SPECIAL OFFER: New Orkney Antiquarian Journal:

Volumes 1 to 6 – only £30 (plus postage).

Browse the contents lists of the first six volumes by clicking here.





Volume 8 was published in September 2018. It commemorates two significant milestones in the historiography of Orkney; the death of Willie Thomson in 2016 and the 50th Anniversary of the Orkney Heritage Society in 2018.

All but one of the authors of the papers were either peers or former pupils of Willie Thomson, or are past or present Chairs of the Society. The exception is Else Mundal, whose contribution makes a trilogy of new perspectives on early 12th century Orkney. More detail here.

Volumes 1 to 8 of the New Orkney Antiquarian Journal and other OHS publications can be purchased via our online bookshop.



On 5 June 1916, HMS Hampshire left the Royal Navy’s anchorage at Scapa Flow, Orkney, bound for Russia.  Lord Kitchener was on board as part of a diplomatic and military mission aimed at boosting Russia’s efforts on the Eastern Front.  At about quarter to nine in the evening, in stormy conditions and within two miles of Orkney’s northwest shore, she struck a mine laid by German submarine U-75. Only twelve survived, 737 perished including Kitchener.

To help commemorate the centenary, twelve authors with local knowledge have pooled their expertise to sort fact from fiction with an objective review of the many books, press cuttings and copious unpublished records now available.

HMS Hampshire: A Century of Myths and Mysteries Unravelled
is now available for sale online from the Orkney Heritage Society’s online bookshop.

Past Orkney Heritage Society newsletters and a searchable index for them can be found here.