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#1 clanchief

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 03:17 PM

I read in last week's Orcadian Newspaper that Shackleton's coffin was carried by 6 Shetlanders when he was buried in South Georgia in 1922.

Does anyone know the names of the pall bearers?

#2 ewenutz

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 03:33 PM

theres some info on this page thats quite interesting

http://www.antarctic....shackleton.htm

#3 clanchief

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 03:50 PM

theres some info on this page thats quite interesting

http://www.antarctic....shackleton.htm


Thanks for the response, there is some interesting info on that site.

I found a photo of the Funeral group on the Shetland Museum web site:

www.shetland-museum.org.uk/collections/maritime/antartic-whaling.htm

The Shetlanders names were:

Willie Sandison
Geordie Manson
Magnus Leask
John Byrne
Jeemie Brown
James Leask

#4 Rasmie

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 03:51 PM

There was a Byrne man from Lerwick. Ian Byrne's grandfather? I think his daughter married Nick Carter, had the sweetie shop on the hillhead.

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 07:21 AM

Were these people part of the crew on Shackleton's last voyage or just stationed in South Georgia?

#6 Heimdal

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Posted 11 December 2006 - 04:10 PM

I seem to remember an article in Shetland Life ?, entitled 'Shackleton's Shetlanders', some time back though.

#7 clanchief

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 03:08 PM

Were these people part of the crew on Shackleton's last voyage or just stationed in South Georgia?


It appears that they were workers based in South Georgia

#8 earlofzetland

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Posted 14 December 2006 - 04:54 PM

That’s strange. I believe Shackleton’s ship was taking his body back to England when they received a message from his wife requesting he be buried in South Georgia. I wonder why none of the crew of his ship were pall bearers.

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Posted 02 April 2007 - 11:19 AM

i believe that the pall bearers were all whalers working at the whaling stations on s. georgia

http://www.shetland-...tic_whaling.htm

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Posted 31 October 2008 - 02:41 PM

Would that be the same Magnie Leask that had the croft at South Setter Gulberwick.
In the first few months I was at the Lerwick Central I lodged with them before going to stay with my aunt at Scalloway.
Oddly enough I never heard him mentioned it. They milked about a dozen cows, and son Alastair used to run in to Lerwick every morning with the milk.

#11 EM

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Posted 02 November 2008 - 08:54 PM

Would that be the same Magnie Leask that had the croft at South Setter Gulberwick.

I think the pallbearer Magnus Leask's lineage is here, and I think the James Leask pallbearer is his brother. The pallbearer Magnus is buried in Gulberwick so it would look likely.

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Posted 02 November 2008 - 09:00 PM

Just remembered, was there not a son who was on the Royal Mails ship Magdalena which went ashore at South Anmerica on her maiden trip

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 11:34 AM

Re my post re Magdalena, I remember now, it was when the later ship Magdalena was standed on her maiden voyage that they recalled that was the name of the ship that their other son served on when he was lost in WWII.

#14 brunalf

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Posted 03 November 2008 - 02:16 PM

yes magnie leask and his brother were poll barers,magnie bought setter with the help of jas pottinger from asta.magnies sons mackie died at 16 torpedoed in the north atlantic alister and norman died a few years ago,the only surviveing son is now in viewfurt.magnie and his brother were on a norwegian boat i think but i'm not sure why they were chosen for this job.

#15 Para Handy

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Posted 02 January 2009 - 12:54 AM

try
http://photos.shetla...2tsZXRvbiI7fQ==