Mooney - SMC006
Mooney (1862-1950) was a Kirkwall businessman, an Orkney historian,
and was also the founder of the Orkney Antiquarian Society.
A plaque dedicated to John Mooney can be found in the presbytery
of St Magnus Cathedral.
During his life he was the director of R. Garden Ltd and was
also a Kirkwall Town Councillor. He contributed many papers
to the Orkney Antiquarian Society and also wrote many books
on Orkney History which include 'Eynhallow', 'St Magnus Earl
of Orkney', and 'The Cathedral and Royal Burgh of Kirkwall'.
He is recognised as one of Orkney's greatest historians and
was an expert on many aspects of St Magnus Cathedral and its
His son, the Reverend Harold Mooney wrote the present Cathedral