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Gertrude Anna Jean Moar

Gertrude Anna Jean Moar

Female 1932 - 2013  (81 years)

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  • Name Gertrude Anna Jean Moar 
    Born 1932  Saviskaill, Rousay Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Female 
    Died 2013  Kirkwall, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I7634  My Relatives
    Last Modified 4 Apr 2018 

    Father David Cursiter Moar,   b. 1884 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Clara Clouston,   b. 1892 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 19 Apr 1912 
    Family ID F3061  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family John Corsie Seatter,   b. 1922, Rousay Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2006, Kirkwall, Orkney Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 84 years) 
    Married 28 Oct 1950  Insch, Aberdeen Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Living
     2. Living
     3. Living
    Last Modified 4 Apr 2018 
    Family ID F3060  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • a Domestic Servant, at marriage address Freefield by Inch Aberdeenshire

      In October, 1977 Mrs Seatter of Sandside, Graemsay noticed what turned out to be the top of a human skull protruding from an eroding sand shore-line at NGR HY 2656 0605. She informed the Museums Officer, Bryce Wilson who notified the North of Scotland Archaeological Services. In view of the immediate threat to the burial the SDD gave funds for its excavation and for the subsequent publication; the former was undertaken by M Whittall over three days in November of the same year.
      THE EXCAVATION
      On the present ground surface above the burial were the remains of modern buildings;
      that extant was said to have been a smithy although it was also known as the site of a school. The area immediately over the grave was covered with rubble in sandy soil; this, the inclement weather, and the short time allocation, made it necessary for a box trench 2 m by 1 m to be cut to the cist
      CONCLUSION
      No other burials were noted in the rough section provided by coastal erosion and it may be that this was a solitary, and possibly anomalous, one. The radiocarbon date of 1085 f 55 AD (Appendix 2) spans the time when the Isles were becoming Christian (Anderson 1873) perhaps explaining, on the one hand, the similarity of the grave to earlier pagan ones (eg Robertson 1969, ~133) and, on the other, the lack of grave goods.

      Lives in Kirkwall 2012
      Westview, Watergate, Kirkwall