ROUSAY REMEMBERED

CAIRN

Cairn was the name of a small croft high on the hillside above Wasbister and was situated between those of Ploverhall and Shalter. Between 1841 and 1844 George Marwick paid a rent of sixpence - and between 1845 and 1864 its occupant was John Inkster, initially paying five shillings, but later rising to double that.

In 1871 Cairn was occupied by 38-year-old fisherman James Inkster and his wife Ann. The extent of the land covered 9.5 acres, for which James paid an annual rent of £1.

 

In 1888 Magnus Alexander lived at Cairn as a sub-tenant of Feolquoy. Sub-tenants were declared not to be crofters, so his rent stayed at £2.10.0.

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