Marjory Skea

Other names: 
Marjory Corrigall
Born c. 1821, died 8 October 1898

Marjory Skea was the daughter of Andrew Skea, a shipmaster, and Marjory Anderson, his wife. She married Robert Corrigall in 1846, and in the 1851 Census is listed as a widow, living with her parents and brother in Main Street, Stromness. According to her will, she owned property, some of which was tenanted, and had servants, including Christina Wilson of Johnston. Her cousin William Robertson inherited much of her property in Stromness (he was living in Birkenhead at the time of her death) and among her other beneficiaries were her Skea relatives in Deerness, the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and the Deserving Poor of Stromness. The whole residue and remainder of her estate she wished to be paid to the Magistrates of the Burgh of Stromnsss 'for the purpose of erecting and maintaining a free library for the Burgh and Parish of Stromness under the Public Libraries Act of 1887.' Marjory was buried with her parents and brother, but there is no mention of her hushand on the family gravestone.

Bequest minute book, and Minute book of the Trustees of Mrs Marjory Skea, or Corrigal, widow of Robert Corrigal, ship master. (Money to erect and maintain Stromness public library)
From Orkney Archive S3/3