Fame or Fern Islands, The, also called the Staples, are 17 in number, and lie off Bamborough Head on the coast of Northumberland, from which they are If miles distant. On the largest of the group are two lighthouses. The wreck of the Forfarshire, in which Grace Darling (q.v.) immortalised herself, took place here in 1838. The remains of St. Cuthbert's Priory can still be traced on one of the rocks.