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Retired 2000 after career in shipping industry. Live Surrey, UK. Passion: Orkney Islands, especially their history. Genealogist for over half a century. Member of Scottish Genealogy Society, Aberdeen and NE Scotland Family History Society, the Orkney Family History Society, and the Clan Irwin Association. Wrote and self-published in 2003 "The Orkney Poll Taxes of the 1690s", in 2004 "Trace Your Orkney Ancestors", both now out-of-print, and in 2009 "The Breckness Estate", a detailed history of the estate of which ancestors were tenants. Co-edited with Jean Monro Sir George Mackenzie's "Families of Scotland", published by The Scottish Record Society 2008. Since 2010 editor of "The New Orkney Antiquarian Journal", and currently co-editing anthologies of the works of the Orcadian folklorists Ernest Marwick and George Marwick. Co-founded Clan Irwin Surname DNA Study in 2005. Wrote "Towards improvements in y-DNA Surname Project Administration" JOGG Fall 2010, and presented "Administering a Large Surname DNA Project" at the Guild of One-Name Studies seminar on DNA February 2013. Joined Guild in Feb. 2012 and founded Irwin One-Name Study in Feb. 2013. Published a CD "Some Irving Genealogies" in 2012 and currently writing CDs on "Dr Christopher Irvin and his "Original of the Irvins"" and "The Genealogy of Washington Irving".