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South Havra
Norse name Hafrey
Meaning of name "Ewe Island"
Aerial view of South Havra
Aerial view of South Havra
OS grid reference HU360268
Coordinates 60°02′N 1°21′W / 60.03°N 1.35°W / 60.03; -1.35
Physical geography
Island group Shetland
Area 59 hectares (0.23 sq mi)
Area rank 183= 
Highest elevation 42 metres (138 ft)
Administration
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Country Scotland
Council area Shetland Islands
Demographics
Population 0
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South Havra (Scots: Sooth Haevra; Old Norse: Hafrey), formerly Hevera, is an uninhabited island in the Scalloway Islands, Shetland, Scotland.

Geography and geology

South Havra lies south of Burra and west of the southern peninsula of the Mainland.

The island's rock is "epidiotic syenite with undifferentiated schist and gneiss."

The soil is fairly fertile, but the lack of running water meant that, unusually for Shetland, the islanders resorted to building a windmill to grind corn.

Geological features on the island include caves and natural arches.

Little Havra is to its west.

History

Olaf Sinclair, foud (a kind of magistrate) of all Shetland lived here in the 16th century.

The island's ruined windmill is an unusual sight in the Shetland Islands, especially as some have pointed out, that the Dutch were amongst the archipelago's most frequent visitors.

At the censuses of 1871 and 1881 South Havra had a population of 32 and 35, respectively. The island has been uninhabited since 1923. Previously the population was big enough to support a school.

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