William P. L. Thomson was the author of a number of books on Scottish history. He was Rector of Kirkwall Grammar School, in Orkney, from 1971 to 1991, previously having been Principal Teacher of History and Geography at the Anderson High School, Shetland. He died in 2016.
'A serious work, full of new insights and distilled information from the dozens of articles and books on Orkney history published in recent times'* New Shetlander *
'Scholarly but well-written, hugely informative but lightened by flashes of humour and always illuminated by robust good sense'* Shetland Times *
'Fuller, better-balanced and more critical than previous histories of Orkney ... scholarly and timely'* Scottish Geographical Magazine *
'The story is woven with great diligence, depth of research and skill in this new edition which brings us bang up-to-date'* Scottish Life *