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Hamnavoe


Shetland

A small settlement on the northeast shore of Hamna Voe in the Northmavine district of NW Shetland, Hamnavoe was the birthplace in 1740 of John Williamson (also known as 'Johnny Notions') a weaver, blacksmith and joiner who, during an epidemic of smallpox, developed a highly effective inoculation and successfully treated several thousand islanders. His böd - or fishing bothy is preserved and now provides spartan tourist accommodation. The settlement also has a post office.


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