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  Jo Ben's 1529 "Descriptions of Orkney"


Flotay, this island is level with the sea and very pleasant.

In this place was an ancient house, now wholly razed to the ground, which some called a church, others a presbytery, of great length, where each year the priesthood assembled for public business.

Three trophies were erected here, which we call crosses.

They were taken away [overturned] by a wall builder; but dreaming of spectres, he was afterwards troubled in the night with strange visions, but was less troubled when awake, and lay on his bed for the space of eight weeks, as the author himself told, but by digging he afterwards found a tabernacle in a tumulus, candlesticks, girdles, and other wonderful things, which in this place it is not expedient to review.

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