Wednesday, 16 November 2011

From the Bu of Hoy

James Sinclair was born at the Bu of Hoy in 1913, attended the local school and graduated from the University of Edinburgh. His great interest was Botany and he, allegedly, discovered a new species of plant on his home island while still a schoolboy.He trained as a teacher and returned to appointments on Stronsay and in Kirkwall. War service took him to Burma and then his post-war careers were at the Royal Botanic Gardens in Edinburgh and in the Herbarium, Singapore. An intense application to work led to many discoveries, books and academic papers. He died, aged 54, and is buried on Hoy. His achievements feature in a winter exhibition at Stomness Museum.

Scottish Islands Explorer - considering islands; celebrating people

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