- Tingwall, Shetland
The hamlet lies about 4 miles north west of
Lerwick. It is at the head of a long narrow bay. Tingwall Airportis here.
Tingwall parish includes the settlements of
Scalloway, Whiteness, Veensgarthand Gott, and the Vallafield housing estate. The centre of the parish was the Tingwall Kirk. It comprehends a section of Mainland, stretching from the Atlanticat Scalloway, to the North Seaat Rova Headand includes the formerly inhabited islands of Hildasay, Langa, Linga, and Oxna. It is so indented by the sea as to contain no point farther than two miels from it. Measured across marine intersections, it has a length of about nineteen miles, and a maximum breadth of ten miles.
The Mainland section is divided into two districts by a hill ridge, and comprises two parallel valleys (nearly at right angles from the ridge). The Tingwall valley extends north from near
Scallowayto the south end of Lax Firth. It is diversified by the lochs of Tingwall, Girlsta, Asta, Strom and some others.
Lawting Isletin the Loch of Tingwall was the seat of Norse supreme administration over all Shetland.
Many tumuli, and remains of ancient chapels are found in the parish, and many stone axes and flint arrow heads have also been found.
Tingwall is home to the literary brothers
Laurence I. Grahamand John J. Graham.
* [http://www.scran.ac.uk/stones/sites/tingwall.htm The Murder Stone]
* The original article is based on http://shetlopedia.com/Tingwall a GFDL wiki.
* This article also incorporates text from -Wilson, Rev. John "The Gazetteer of Scotland" (Edinburgh, 1882) Published by W. & A.K. Johnstone
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