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Hamnavoe, Johnny 'Notion' Williamson's House, Including Outbuildings

A Category C Listed Building in Shetland North, Shetland Islands

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Coordinates

Latitude: 60.5083 / 60°30'29"N

Longitude: -1.5698 / 1°34'11"W

OS Eastings: 423726

OS Northings: 1180594

OS Grid: HU237805

Mapcode National: GBR Q0GZ.5F9

Mapcode Global: XHD1G.Y4DJ

Entry Name: Hamnavoe, Johnny 'Notion' Williamson's House, Including Outbuildings

Listing Date: 27 February 1978

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 352799

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB18692

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Northmaven

County: Shetland Islands

Electoral Ward: Shetland North

Parish: Northmaven

Traditional County: Shetland

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Description

Single storey, 3-bay cottage with outbuildings adjoining gables to N and S to give L-plan group. Harl-pointed rubble walls to cottage, random rubble drystone walls to outbuildings. Vertically-boarded timber door centring E elevation of cottage, 4-pane timber sash and case windows in flanking bays. Ruin adjoining mutual chimney gable to S, square rubble pier between cottage and shed to N; latter with vertically-boarded timber doors centring N gable, shallow-pitched felt roof with concrete skew copes. Roofless shed adjoining at right angle to E with doorway to left in E gable. Further shed to W of cottage with doorway to left in E elevation; wallheads built up with modern roof above.

Statement of Interest

Williamson was a local pioneer in the use of vaccines against smallpox. 'Unassisted by education, and unfettered by the rules of art. He is careful in providing the best matter and keeps it a long time before he puts it to use - sometimes 7 or 8 years. And, in order to lessen its virulence, he first dries it in peat smoke, and then puts it under the ground covered in camphor....by a small knife, made by his own hand, he gently raises a very little of the outer skin of the arm ....then puts in a very small quantity of the matter....The only plaister he uses, for healing the wound, is a bit of cabbage leaf'.

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