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Helen OREM

Rev John SCOLLAY 2

  • Born: Hunton, Stronsay 2
  • Christened: 6 Oct 1686, Kirkwall And St Ola, Orkney 3
  • Marriage: Helen OREM on 13 Dec 1713 in Kirkwall And St Ola, Orkney 1
  • Died: May 1741 4

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The eldest son, John was educated at Marischal College in Aberdeen, and obtained his MA in 1708. He was a schoolmaster at Kirkwall Grammar School from 1711-19, then in 1719 was ordained and moved back to his home island of Stronsay where he was Minister until his death in 1741. He married Helen Orem (qv) in 1713, and had eight children, the eldest four who were born in Kirkwall, and the youngest four who were presumably born in Stronsay.

Their eldest son Robert was educated at Edinburgh University, ordained in 1743, and succeeded his father as Minister of Stronsay: he married twice, firstly to Margaret Traill, and secondly to Jean Stewart who lived to the age of 99 and outlived their six children. Their next son John was also educated at Edinburgh University and ordained in 1743, and was Minister at Kirkwall (second charge), Cross and Burness in Sanday, and St Andrews and Deerness until his death in 1788: he married Margaret Baillie, the daughter of Hugh Baillie who was Controller of Customs, and had seven children. Their eldest daughter Barbara married her cousin Thomas Dishington, a barber and wigmaker in Kirkwall, and had 10 children. Their next daughter Jean was the last of their children to be born in Kirkwall.

Their four youngest children were David (qv), a dyer; then three daughters Elizabeth, Helen and Margaret.


John married Helen OREM, daughter of William OREM and Jean BLACK, on 13 Dec 1713 in Kirkwall And St Ola, Orkney.1 (Helen OREM was christened on 1 Feb 1693 in Kirkwall And St Ola, Orkney 5.)



1 Church Register, Kirkwall and St Ola, FHL(L) ref Mf 0990504.

2 Hugh Marwick, Some Notes on an Old Orkney Family - The Scollays, Orkney Herald, 4 March 1952, 11, 18:, p35.

3 Church Register, Kirkwall and St Ola, FHL(L) ref Mf 0990503.

4 Biography, Scott, H. (1928) Fasti Ecclesiae Scoticanae, The Succession of Ministers in the Church of Scotland from the Reformation. Oliver and Boyd, Edinburgh.

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