Family Perspectives

Zelda Bradley with family papers
© Photograph by Nancy Wachowich

The house I was brought up in was built by William Watt, one of the brothers that was out in Hudson Bay and came back to Orkney in the late 1870s. From the money he made in the Hudson Bay he built this rather large, substantial house. And when we were young, up to about aged twelve or so, the house was completely kitted out as an Edwardian, late Victorian house. All the furniture was like that. And in the drawing room, that room was filled with all sorts of Victorian collectables, including all the beadwork, and the room was locked. So, it was valued and the history of the house was always kind of respected and valued in that way.

Zelda Bradley, great–great-niece of William Watt, 27 February 2006