The Scapa Flow Landscape Partnership Scheme

Mattie Black of Brims (c.1850)

Mattie Black was a wise woman and 'storm witch'.

She lived in a ramshackle cottage on the Orkney mainland near Skeppegeo, a stone's throw from the Brough of Birsay.

Her speciality was selling sailors "a fair wind". Legend has it that those who disregarded Mattie's instructions for a safe voyage usually found themselves blown back to the very spot at which they started.