George Mackay Brown

I am looking forward to getting hold of a copy of a collection of Orcadian author George Mackay Brown’s short stories published in 1996 as ‘Winter Tales’. There’s apparently a story in there that elaborates on William Bligh’s meeting in Stromness  with the Stewart family in 1780; when Bligh was returning home from the Pacific as sailing master in the Resolution, having distinguished himself during James Cook’s (fatal) last voyage. The Resolution’s officers were hosted and entertained by prominent families in Stromness. Bligh was keen to repay the Stewarts for their kindness and hospitality and gave this as one of the reasons he recruited George Stewart  -a “seaman … of good character..and creditable parents” – as one of the Bounty’s “young gentlemen”