Who Do You Think You Are?


Standing outside an isolated croft on Tresta Voe, an inlet on the Shetland Islands, Ann Bianchi and her brother Ian Elliott feel a strong sense of connection with their grandfather. This haven was the daily vista of George Taylor Harrison, who was born at Tresta in 1894.

“George died in 1939, so we didn’t get to know him and hear about his island childhood firsthand,” Ann explains. “He was the youngest in the family from a second marriage, and was known by the Shetland diminutive of George: Dodie.”

The stories came from Ann and Ian’s mother Dorothy Harrison, who told them that George left Shetland to become a sailor and never returned to the islands.

‘The Navy brothers during served the First in World the Merchant War’

Dorothy had been told that her mother Dorothy Brannen and her aunt Elizabeth worked in a boarding

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