James Robertson, Hunclett, with his wife Jean Marwick, Corse, and daughters Maggie Jean, Mary, and Lydia Ann. James was born in 1836, Jean in 1844, Maggie Jean in 1882, Mary in 1873, and Lydia Ann in 1886.

01 Hunclett. James Robertson & wife. issue Maggie Jean, Mary, Lydia c.1895 02 Craigies o' Deithe

The Craigies of Deithe - a photo sent by Jim Craigie to one of his nieces in Canada.

The reverse contains the following information:- The photo was taken at Deithe

“by a very primitive flash light outfit, about 1910, or thereabout”.

(Front row) Maggie, young Hugh, and Hugh Craigie.

(Back row) Barbara, James, and Mary Jane (Neenie).

03 Langskaill. David Gibson & family c.1910

David Gibson of Langskaill, b.1845, later Sunnyside, St Ola, and his wife Ann Mainland of Tratland, b.1847, with their daughters: Maggie, Sarah, Mary, Jeannie, Rosalie, and Ida. c.1910.

04 Wester School reunion. c1923

Wasbister School: ‘The Old Comrades’, c1923


Back row, from left: Boggy Shearer; Robert Sinclair, Newhouse; John Marwick, Breek;

? Shearer, Trumland; ?; James Marwick, Grain; John Craigie, Cruar.

Middle row: Tom Marwick, Grain; James Taylor, Swandale; William Grieve, Digro;

James Craigie, Deithe; James Leslie, Whitemeadows; Albert Munro, Old School.

Front row: James Clouston, Tou; Hugh Craigie, Deithe; James Craigie, Corse;

James William Grieve, Whitehall; Sandy Logie, Cubbie Roo; James Munro, Breval.

05 Westness House staff at a Frotoft picnic c.1925

Westness House staff at a Frotoft picnic c.1925

06 Nears haystack group. c1928 [see note]

Tom Inkster, Nears; Rose Leonard [servant], Nears; David Craigie, Trumland; Mabel Sinclair, Banks; George Petrie, Wyre; May Turner; Tom Sinclair, Banks. c1928

07 Annie Reid, Tratland; Cissie Sinclair, Banks, Frotoft; Hugh Craigie, Deithe c.1930

Annie Reid, Tratland; Cissie Sinclair, Banks, Frotoft; Hugh Craigie, Deithe c.1930

08 Boat group see note c.1932

Rousay folk aboard the Hoy Head, c.1932. From the left: Netta Sinclair, Sketquoy; Annie Reid, Tratland; Hugh Craigie, Scockness; Clara Grieve, Furse;

Bill Craigie, Corse; Sarah Smith, Burrian; Hugh Mainland, Hurtiso;

Willie Inkster, Woo; John Marwick, Breek

09 1933 Wester c.1933 Jim Craigie, Furse; Clara Cr

Wester folk c.1933 Jim Craigie, Furse; Clara Craigie & Jim Craigie, Falquoy;

Kathleen Craigie, Furse; the young lad is John Marwick, Braehead

010 1933 Wester football team 1933 see note

Wasbister Football Team c.1933


Back row, left to right: James Craigie, Falquoy; James Marwick, Innister; Bill Flaws, Hammerfield


Middle row: Mackie Hourie, Maybank; Armit Sinclair, Sketquoy; Fred Kirkness, Quoyostray; George Craigie, Falquoy; Spencer Dexter, Cubbidy; Bill Moar, Saviskaill.


Front row: Fraser Moar, Saviskaill; Hugh Robertson, Langskaill; James Craigie, Furse.

011 1935 Cuppas see note

From the left: Alice Mainland, Hurtiso; Ellen Mary Hourie, Braehead; Netta Sinclair, Sketquoy; Annabella Clouston, Tou; Kathleen Craigie, Furse. c1935

012 Cott 1. Mainlands see note c.1938

[Back, left to right] Edda Mainland, William Mainland, John Mainland Sr, John Mainland. Front Sheila Mainland, Rhoda Mainland [in front]

Betsy Mainland, John Mainland. c. 1938

013 1950 Arm-in-arm. see note

Margaret Penny, Aberdeen; Gertie Moar, Aberdeen & Saviskaill; John Seatter, Banks; Sheila Mainland, Nears; Albert Munro, Old School; Elsie Lyon, Ervadale;

Stanley Gibson, Lopness; Ella Herdman, Wester schoolhouse;

Edna Clouston, Tou. 1950

014 1960 group of ten see note

Back row: Margaret Lyon, Ervadale; Alice Gibson, Lopness; Jeannie Harcus, Knapper; Sally Marwick, Falquoy; Ellen Mary Hourie, Braehead; Clara Grieve, Furse;

Front row: James Craigie, Dale, Stromness; Anne Craigie, Furse;

Cissie Gibson, Bigland; Catherine Grieve, Cruannie. c.1960

015 Hammerfield Bill Flaws with Jim Leslie & his 2

Bill Flaws, Hammerfield, with Jim Leslie [left] and his sons Brian and Edwin, c.1965


[All photographs from the Tommy Gibson collection]