The Inkster Name
In his book The Place-names of Rousay Dr Hugh Marwick traces the name of the farm of Innister in Rousay back to its original form of Ingar's garth, the land of a someone called Ingar. He then goes on to add that the name Inkster also developed down through the ages from Ingar. In the 18th and 19th century parish registers for Rousay the name Inkster is usually spelt INKSATER, and later INKSETTER. Until about 50 years ago older people could be heard pronouncing the name according to these spellings, but the Inkster spelling and pronunciation now prevail.
In the 1800s there were lots of Inkster families in Rousay. Most of the Wasbister Inksters were related but it has not been possible to find a connection between them and other Inkster families living in the Sourin district of the island.
(1876-1953) grandson of
Thomas Inkster, born c1779, and his wife Isabel Marwick.
Hugh Inkster (1845-1933) with his daughter Mary Jean (Inkster) Logie, his grandson George Logie, and his g-granddaughter Mary Jean Logie. Hugh's earliest traceable ancestor is his grandfather John Inkster born c1770.
|(Photos - T. Gibson)
In Sourin William Inkster born c1770 married Robina Rendall. Their grandson Hugh Inkster, 1839-1908, and his family can be seen in the photos below.
The Inkster family of Westness.
(Photo by courtesy of Ron Spence, Banchory, Aberdeenshire
a grandson of Mimie Inskster who married James Groundwater)
1794 John Inkster of Innister and later of Saviskaill married Barbara
Marwick. Their son William married Rebekkah Marwick in 1827 and their son
William married Mary Gibson of Langskaill c1859 and made their home at the
farm of Cogar in Rousay. Their son David (1862-1928) married Isabella
Sinclair. Their son William (1888-1955) married Ann Inkster (no relative).
They emigrated to Manitoba, Canada.