Pictured is a letter written on the 18th of December 1708 to Robert Douglas, Admiral Depute of Orkney.
A ship had been wrecked at Deersound and the crew were stranded. This letter was written by the skipper of the ship, John Maw, who required free passes for his men so that 'the poor men may go home in safety without any Molestation.'
Despite being 300 years old, the letter is in good condition and is clear and easy to read. It is part of the Joseph Storer Clouston collection of papers.
Orkney Archive reference: D23/7/15