Leasks on the Orkneys

Some Leask Tombstones in the Orkneys

I may have to see a psychiatrist after taking pictures of gravestones whilst on holiday. These are not a complete record of all Leask tombstones but all those we could find on a selection of graveyards on the Orkney mainland. On a serious note, if you object to a picture being here, maybe you are a relative? Let me know and I will remove it. In fact, as I create these web pages I am having second thoughts as to whether this is a good idea. If you have an opinion on it, let me know.

In case you don’t know, the Orkneys are a group of islands just off the north coast of Scotland where there is a significant number of Leasks. See the Clan Leask Newsletter of 1998 for a short article on one branch of the Leasks. Whilst the Clan was still going on the mainland of Scotland some of them emigrated out to Orkney in the 15th Century. Their descendants are still there today.

Not a Tombstone but we discovered this as we drove down Stromness High Street after coming off the ferry. Unfortunately a business that had “gone to the wall”.

“Mac” Leask has an interesting article in the Autumn 2003 issue of the Clan Leask Society Newsletter. In it he mentions the long history of Leasks on the Orkney island of Papa Westray. Unfortunately we didn’t have the time to visit this particular island.

4 Responses to Leasks on the Orkneys

  1. Suzie Bryant says:

    Just looking at your photos and found one of the butchers shop in Stromness, a member of our family has that shop now and it’s Northlight Studio : weaving and tapestry. It’s interesting to see how things were in the past.

  2. Ray Leask says:

    Hi Suzie, thanks for your email. There is a less than pleasant story about the owner of the shop when it was being used as a Butchers. See the Home Page item for April 2006 for the awful details.


  3. Matthew Hoskins says:

    Does anyone know which Leasks moved from the Orkney’s to the U.S.? I believe they settled somewhere in the midwest, Iowa perhaps? Any information would be so helpful.

  4. cath says:

    I have discovered an interesting character calling himself Peter Leask Corston – arrived in New Zealand in 1862 from the Orkneys… aged about 22… any ideas which Leask/Corston family he relates to??? thanks – cath

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