Local legend has it, that the first body in the graveyard of Quarff on Shetland Mainland was a stranger. Nobody knew who he was. A dead body the sea had brought in. The local fishermen buried him more or less where he was found. That was in the late 1820s. Until then, the dead of Quarff had been buried in Papil on Burra, to the West of Shetland. But now Quarff had its own graveyard and Quarff had its first corpse.
Legend has it, that one of the fishermen commented on the sad fact, that the stranger was all alone in his final resting place. The man who had commented was next to die and be buried right beside the body of the stranger.
The first body remains nameless to this day.