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  Jo Ben's 1529 "Descriptions of Orkney"


Faray*, as if it were the beautiful [fair] island [the Pleasant Isle].

This island is very suitable for animals, especially cows, which there graze on the bushes with great satisfaction, and the boys sing to the dull beasts.

The whole island is plentiful of corn and fishes.

* - one of two Orkney islands called Fara. These days generally referred to as North Fara. Found off Westray, it is pronounced "Fairy".

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