Has any body ever heard of "James Smith of Turmiston" [closed]

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Helllo Im still on the Scottish Clan "Riddell"

I was hoping someone may know who "James Smith of Turmiston" is? I think he is a lead that could be effective.

Him and his "Heirs" are in the Orkney,Scotland Land Tax Records of 1654 {pages.17-18];https://scotlandsplaces.gov.uk/digital-volumes/historical-tax-rolls/land-tax-rolls-1645-1831/land-tax-rolls-orkney-volume-02/17
closed with the note: recent leads and more recent specific questions have arose with bit mor det.
asked in Genealogy Help by Troy Smith G2G6 Mach 5 (52.8k points)
closed by Troy Smith
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Turmiston,likely it is Furmiston.
answered by Wayne Morgan G2G6 Pilot (793k points)
Ahh thank you I would not not have (=
Could be, T and F are easily confused, and Furmiston is a more common name.  

But I believe there was a place called Turmiston in the Orkneys in the past.  Somewhere close to Birsay...Hopefully your Scotland tag will get the attention of someone familiar with that area.
I have seen seen Birsay quite a bit along with "Damsay" and of course the ever so common "sinclair". But yeah it is troublesome that there is such a mix of clan names with these," presumably Clan leaders who have Heirs" Because of all the diversity, I have also noticed many "browns",and "Stewarts". The Stewarts can be cancelled out in this case though they are not  listed on these 2 pages of the list of Heirs of "James Smith of Turmiston", and they seemed too be more tight knit from what I have been examining. hmmm....
I hear you. Sometimes I think my ancestors may have realized the puzzles they were creating for their descendants, and they chuckled and did it anyway.
Haha yeah I can only imagine how many descendants there are from Scotland from the 16th century, although I believe that it may be quite possible, just take 30 years haha (hopefully not) Yeah Laurie at first I could sworn this  talk on the documents was linguistic code. Until I found out they were talking about "land and not "food" still who names there land "buttered Malt" XD

No it is Turmiston  a house or farmhouse in the Parish of Sandwick, Orkney Islands.

If you do a Google search for Sandwick Turmiston, you get a few mentions of various Smith family members in relation to Turmiston.  It sounds like they lived there for quite a few generations.

Thank you John that is good to know and also too answer the question on the most probable origins of "James Smith of Turmiston" and now we may be able too nudge away from England on this man. He seems so random, and unknown,what makes somewhat significant?. If he is,that's questionable, but should be thought of as seemingly possible do too some of the context,another man was William Irving in that record who is historically significant. I just learned yesterday that what lists below is not his "Hiers" so that mistake was on me, me being too wishfull of simplicity.

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