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Fitful Head

A historical perspective, drawn from the Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland: A Survey of Scottish Topography, Statistical, Biographical and Historical, edited by Francis H. Groome and originally published in parts by Thomas C. Jack, Grange Publishing Works, Edinburgh between 1882 and 1885.

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Fitful Head (Old Norse fit-fill), a large bold headland in Dunrossness parish, Shetland, flanking the NW side of Quendale Voe, 6 Miles NW of Sumburgh Head. It rises to a height of 929 feet; is seen at a great distance by vessels approaching from, the SW; and consists chiefly of clay slate. In the Pirate Scott fixes here the abode of the prophetess, Norna.

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