The Inuit Discovery of Scotland in 1682 | Jardine’s Book of Martyrs

These Finnmen seem to be some of these people that dwell about the Fretum Davis [i.e., the Davis Strait], a full account of whom may be seen in the natural & moral History of the Antilles [by Rochefort], Chap. 18. One of their Boats sent from Orkney to Edinburgh is to be seen in the Physicians hall with the Oar and the Dart he makes use of for killing Fish.’ (Wallace, A Description of Orkney, 34.)

It is not clear from Wallace’s account whether Inuit had previously visited Orkney. Some writers have speculated that the individuals found in the 1680s had escaped from European captors. That may be true, however, Wallace’s account indicates that they appeared with their boats on three occasions and that, in at least in two of those cases, they had the hunting implements needed for fishing. Further sightings in Orkney were reported in 1701 and Aberdeen in 1728.

 

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