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Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney Islands

Orkney Museum, Tankerness House, Kirkwall, Mainland, Orkney, Scotland Links to photos

The museum covers the time since the Bronze and Iron Ages to recent times, including Picts, Vikings up to the merchant Lairds.

Tankerness House, dating from about 1574,  is a 16 th Century Laird's house. It was originally a cathedral property. The cathedral's last archdeacon, Gilbert Foultie, occupied the house and at the time of the reformation he acquired it as his private residence. Later it was acquired by the Baikie family of Tankerness to use as their town house. For more than 300 years the Baikies were one of the Orkneys principal landowners

The original drawing room of the Baikie family, an example of the living conditions of an Orkney laird's family of the time. The furniture and paintings in the living room are as they were in the late 18th and early 19th century.

 

Author: M. H. Monroe
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Last updated: 30/09/2011





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