1863 June 16 Orkney Herald


THE WEATHER for the past two weeks has been fine. The frequent mild showers and warm sunshine have tended very much to advance the crops. On account of the rough, disagreeable weather in winter and spring, the grass does not look well; and though farmers are forced to put their cattle out, the food in many cases is very scant. Turnip sowing has commenced, and will be general in a few days.


DURING the past few years large tracts of waste land have been brought under the plough, but the tenants of such farms are in general much disheartened, as their efforts to make a living have proved almost a failure, chiefly owing to an exceedingly bad subsoil. After the rent is paid – which, in general, has as yet been done pretty regularly – there is little or nothing left to the tenant, and some contemplate emigrating.


COLDS have for some time been very prevalent both here and in the neighbouring islands of Egilshay and Weir.


THE U.P. MANSE is at present undergoing repairs, during which operations the Rev. Mr McLellan and family are occupying Howan House, Egilshay, the use of which has been kindly granted by the excellent proprietor, James Baikie, Esq. of Tankerness.


NOTWITHSTANDING the fact of Mr McLellan residing in a neighbouring island, he still continues his custom of preaching in the different districts of the congregation every Sabbath evening.


1863 June 23 Orkney Herald


THIS ISLAND is at present, and has been for some months past, infested with tinkers, some of whom are like to frighten poor old women out of their senses. Terror compels many to minister to their demands.


THE BOATS engaged in cod-fishing have not been so successful this week as they were last week. The highest take of which I have heard this week is little more than a ton, whereas last week one boat had as many as two tons and a half.


LOBSTER FISHERS have done well this week, I am told; but they do not give information freely regarding the number caught each night.


1863 July 2 John o’ Groat Journal


On Sabbath last, in the absence of Mr Brown, the Rev. Mr. McLellan preached, when a collection was taken up to aid in the repairs of the Rousay U.P. manse, which was struck with lightning. The collection amounted to over £2 10s. Mr Brown’s Sabbath scholars have presented him with a Brussels carpet, hearth-rug, and table-cover for his dining room, as a token of their respect and esteem.


1863 August 27 John o’ Groat Journal


ORKNEYMEN ABROAD. - lt gives us much pleasure to take notice from time to time of the creditable efforts of our countrymen abroad to better their own condition and benefit their fellow-men. By a private letter received last week from an Orcadian in New Zealand, we are informed that Mr James Harrold, native of Rousay, we believe, has started a fishery on Stewart's Island, in that remote colony, which promises to be quite successful. He lately brought to Dunedin 300 cases of cured fish, 50lb. each, the finest example ever seen in New Zealand. Quantities are also sent to the Melbourne market, and meet a ready sale. The writer further states that since the discovery of the gold mines, a strong impetus has been given to labour of all kinds. The city of Dunedin has been greatly enlarged, and now covers an area of ground of upwards of two miles. In another letter from an Orcadian in Vancouver's Island, we are informed that the ' take' of gold there quite unprecedented – large bags of gold dust are being carried along the streets upon poles resting upon men’s shoulders, and every morning when the steamers arrive, hundreds of the inhabitants run out to see parties arriving with their gold bars. All hands are going to the mines this year, leaving their families, homes, and businesses.


1863 September 22 Orkney Herald


ROUSAY. Saturday. - THE HARVEST has scarcely yet begun on this island. A few parties certainly have commenced, but cutting will not be general before next week. The crop, however, looks well, and it is hoped will be average.


THE HERRING FISHING is now over, and the boats from this island have succeeded pretty well.


A LARGE subterranean building was discovered some time ago on the ground of Faraclett, but little further than its mere existence has yet been ascertained. The entrance was made through the roof, and the apartment entered in this way is circular and about 10 feet high. In all probability there are similar chambers communicating with this one, but they have not yet been explored.

1863 November 26 John o’ Groat Journal


ACCIDENT. - On Wednesday last, while a girl, named Harrold, belonging to Rousay, was walking about at the end of the [Kirkwall] East Pier in search of a boat, the gaslight being rather deceitful, especially to strangers, she walked deliberately over the pier into the water. The cry was made “Somebody fallen over, ahoy!” and fortunately the ‘Pandora's’ boat was alongside preparing for the beach, when seaman Greig jumped into it and rescued the poor girl from her ‘cold bath.’


1863 December 8 Orkney Herald


WANTED immediately, - A JOURNEYMAN SHOEMAKER. To a good hand liberal wages will be given. For further particulars apply either personally, or by letter to William Logie, Boot and Shoemaker, Sourin, Rousay.


1864 January 12 Orkney Herald


HEATHER BURNING. – During the past week the hills of Rousay and the slopes of Rendall presented a picturesque appearance after night-fall, as seen across the Bay, by the burning of the heather – a common process at this season of the year. The fire-illuminations were certainly superior to anything of the kind we had on the eventful 10th of March.


1864 January 19 Orkney Herald


CRIMINAL COURT – CASE OF ASSAULT. – On Tuesday last, a lad of the name of Craigie Marwick, son of James Marwick, East-the-Way [Essaquoy], Rousay, pled guilty to a charge of assault committed on a young girl, named Harriet Yorston, daughter of Peter Yorston, residing at Old Man, Rousay. He was sentenced to pay a fine of 15s., or suffer imprisonment for 10 days. The fine was paid.


1864 March 1 Orkney Herald


ROUSAY AND EGILSHAY. – Gastric fever has prevailed in the township of Wasbister for the last three months, two cases having proved fatal – a young woman aged 20, and a boy 11 years of age.


1864 March 8 Orkney Herald


NORTH ISLES HERRING FISHING. As an impression prevails that a considerable number of the boats in the North Isles that fish at Stronsay are engaged to fish during the incoming season to one or other of the gentlemen who are in the habit of curing there. It is hereby intimated that nearly all the boats belonging to Rousay and Veira are still clear, and are prepared to engage with any person who offers the best terms.


1864 March 15 Orkney Herald


COD-FISHERS IN DANGER. - When the severe gale sprung up Friday last, some of the Kirkwall boats were out at the cod-fishing. Two of the boats, belonging to William Hutchieson and James Wards, did not return to the harbour that night, and it was feared that they had been driven ashore. They returned, however, in the course of the following day. It appears that Hutchieson and Wards with their crews were fishing off Ellier Holm and Rousay respectively when the storm burst. The former took refuge in Inganess Bay for the night, and the latter at Sourin, in Rousay.


1864 May 31 Orkney Herald




BAPTISM IN WATER OR WITH WATER. – [When the remarks made by the Rev. Mr Thomson in his speech at Eday, which was reported in our columns, originated a discussion on Baptism, we had expected that a controversy on a question of that kind would be conducted in courteous and moderate language. We have, however, received a letter from Mr William Logie, Rousay, in reply to a communication by Mr Thomson, and there are in that letter some expressions so violent and outrageous that we cannot regard the writer of them as the fit champion of any religious cause or dogma. When Mr Logie accuses Mr Thomson of “wilful falsehood,” and reminds him, in disgraceful terms, of “the lake burning with fire and brimstone,” it will be at once apparent that the dweller in Rousay has no farther claim upon our space or consideration. Another correspondent on the same side, whose name we shall in charity suppress, concludes his letter thus – “If Mr Thomson would see his duty to obey his Master’s command by following his Saviour into the watery tomb, we will not be hindered from immersing him by frost or snow or her Majesty’s prohibition, when the Majesty of Heaven commands!” What a pitiable amount of folly and fanaticism is condensed in that one sentence! The discussion – so far as our columns are concerned – must be left in the hands of those who do not think that it is necessary to sacrifice commonsense, courtesy, and charity, at the shrine of religion. – ED.]


(William Logie lived at Lee, between Digro and Blossom)

1864 August 23 Orkney Herald


THE ROUSAY SHOOTINGS. - The following are the names of the military gentleman to whom Major Burroughs has handed over the Rousay shootings for the season:- Colonel Ross, 93d Highlanders, Colonel Donovan, 33d Regiment, and Major Cockburn.


1864 September 6 Orkney Herald


SPLENDID DISPLAY OF AURORA BOREALIS. – On Wednesday night a magnificent and singularly wild display of the Aurora Borealis was witnessed in this quarter. From masses of what resembled blue-white luminous mist in the SW., the Aurora swept in broad, bright, and swift sheets across the heavens to the NE., as if impelled by a furious gust overhead, and then the successive streamers melted away in mazy and eccentric motions. They seemed much nearer to the earth than usual, and emitted a gleam of light as they shot rapidly on their course. At times the streamers, breaking away from the bank of luminous cloud, unrolled themselves like curtains of mist, which quivered and gleamed, contracted and dilated with amazing rapidity. The most fantastic shapes were assumed by the streamers when they passed to the nor’-east. From curtains and wavy wreaths they changed to columns, spires, and domes, shining with a light as soft and clear as that of moonlight upon peaks of snow. Through the thinner wreaths the stars could be seen shining beyond, but their brightness was obscured where the luminous vapour was piled and folded in cloud-like forms. The wind began to blow while the strange phenomenon was yet visible, and during the night it increased to a gale. Although the Aurora remains somewhat of a mystery to meteorologists, there can be little doubt that it is of electro-magnetic origin, as it occasions irregular movements of the magnetic needle. The Aurora on Wednesday night was not accompanied by the noise, resembling the crackling of electricity, which we have occasionally overheard, but it was one of the strangest manifestations of this beautiful phenomenon that we have ever witnessed.


1864 October 25 Orkney Herald


DREADFUL STORM. – On Wednesday last, after some days of sharp cold, we were visited in this quarter by a violent hail-storm which so flooded the streets [of Kirkwall] in the space of half-an-hour as to render them in some places quite impassable. This was but the herald, however, of a terrific storm of wind and rain that commenced at midnight on Wednesday, and raged with unintermitting fierceness till Thursday at midnight. It is seven years since a storm of equal fury swept over the islands.....


SEA-WARE. – The gale of Thursday last has strewed the shores of the islands with immense quantities of sea-ware, and farmers have been busy carting away loads of this cheap manure. Thus, even devastating storms help an exchange of gifts between sea and land.


1864 December 22 John o’ Groat Journal


VALUABLE FISH. – A fisherman, belonging to Westray has been singularly fortunate in his watery expeditions of late, and he has coined small sums of money in a way truly novel and astonishing. Pieces of money have occasionally been found in cod and other kinds of fish, but the Westray man has surpassed former experience in this respect. We are informed on authority which there is no reason to doubt, that this fisherman, while recently prosecuting his avocation in the neighbourhood of the Skea Skerries, to the south of Westray, caught a number of cuithes, which are not much larger than sillocks, and in the stomachs of the fish there were pennies, halfpennies, and, in one instance, a threepenny piece – this last being an easy and likely bait to swallow. A few more copper coins were found by the same man in cod caught off the Heads of Rousay – the money thus obtained amounting in all to the sum of two shillings. At the risk of increasing the incredulity of doubters, we shall add this other remarkable circumstance, that six curtain rings were found in cod feeding on the same bank. This last statement has rather a suspicious look about it, and therefore we shall take the precaution of drawing a curtain upon the paragraph.

1865 March 14 Orkney Herald


THE s.s. ORCADIA. - The Orcadia’s tickets for Sanday, Stronsay, Westray, Eday, and Rousay have been printed and prepared during the course of the week. They are divided into ‘‘deck” and “cabin,” and are distinguished by different colours. Being only the size of railway tickets they can be more conveniently disposed of in the vest-pocket than the usual large-sized steamer cards.


1865 May 23 Orkney Herald


COMMUNICATION WITH EVIE AND ROUSAY. - On behalf the inhabitants of Rousay and Evie we are requested to ask Captain Robertson when he intends to commence favouring them with the calls of his steamer, as they are at present placed in inconvenient circumstances, and would wish to avoid, if possible, the purchase of a packet.


THE WEATHER. - The weather has been remarkably fine for some days past – much warmer than the average heat of May in this latitude. We are in the delightful season of long twilights, when at midnight there lingers on the horizon the radiance of a mellower day. On Saturday night at 12 o'clock we overheard a bird singing cheerily as at noontide. The landrails keep their pipings in the fields without intermission from dewy eve to dawn. The warm, genial weather has had a fine effect upon vegetation.


1865 November 16 John o’ Groat Journal


REMARKABLE INCIDENT. – On Thursday last, when some people belonging to Rousay were crossing to Kirkwall in a small boat, one of the party was suddenly assailed by a wild duck, which dashed violently against his face, inflicting a severe wound, and quite stunning itself by the force of the stroke. The bird had either been previously wounded, or had been alarmed by the sound of the approaching boat.


1866 January 23 Orkney Herald


ROUSAY – OLD AND NEW STYLES. – We have got our Christmas and New Year holidays past now, and a very good stock of them we have had. We have had no fewer than three Christmas days and three New Years’ days within the last three weeks. Some kept New Christmas Day and some New New-Years’ Day; but the majority stick to the old style – viz., the 6th and 13th of January. But even this would not satisfy all parties, for some kept Old Christmas Day on the 5th and Old New Years’ Day on the 12th of January, while others held them on the 6th and 13th of the month. But I hope that, as there has been such a variety of opinions this year, the Rousay people will bid adieu to the old style, and, if these days are kept at all, I hope that in future everyone will hold them in the new style, for it would be desirable that all the parish should be united with respect to these days.


1866 February 6 Orkney Herald


WEIR – NEW YEAR AMUSEMENTS. – The weather is very stormy, and communication is all but stopped. Our New Year has commenced with rough weather. All out-door work is dropped, but we have had a merry time of it. This New Year has been kept by all the islanders better than formerly. Of late our New Year’s days were very dull. The young men were in the habit of going to our neighbouring Island (Rousay), and spending the day to the best advantage they could, much to the disappointment of our young women. But this year the old people took the matter in hand, and got up a ball and invited all the young men and women in the island to it, and, to make equal numbers, some young men came from our neighbouring isle.


1866 March 27 Orkney Herald


MRS NICOL MAINLAND died at her residence, in the island Weir, on Monday, the 19th current, at the advanced age of 83 years. She had twelve children, nine of whom are yet alive; 40 grandchildren, 37 whom are still in life; 27 great grandchildren, 24 of whom are also living. The total number of her descendants has been 79, of whom 70 survive her. She lived an upright life, and set a good example. Her children were carefully instructed in matters of religion, both by precept and example. [This was Ann Craigie Mainland, wife of Nicol Mainland of the Bu, Wyre.]


1866 April 17 Orkney Herald


ROUSAY SCHOOL EXAMINATION. – The Free Church School of Wasbister, taught by Mr James C. Bruce, was examined on Thursday, the 22nd ult., by the Rev. Messrs Rose and McLellan of the Free and U.P. Churches (who kindly assisted on the occasion), in presence of a large respectable assemblage of parents and friends, amongst whom we noticed – Mrs Seatter of Saviskeal; Mr and Mrs Robert Gibson, sen. of Langskail; Mrs George Gibson, do; Mrs Inkster, sen, Cogar; Mr John Kirkness, Quoyostray; Mrs Inkster, Innister; Mrs Craigie, Hammer; Mrs Hugh Craigie, Turbitail; Mrs Inkster, Cairn, and others. The examination began at half-past 11 a.m., and continued till about 5 p.m. It extended over the various branches of Reading, Writing, Arithmetic, Geography, English Grammar, Latin, and Greek, and was of a most thorough and searching character. The pupils acquitted themselves with the greatest credit, both to themselves and their teacher. At the close, Mr McLellan delivered an appropriate address, in the course of which he expressed his unqualified approbation of the manner in which the school was conducted, as furnishing ample evidence of the success of Mr Bruce, whom the rev. gentleman said merited the confidence and esteem of all interested in the progress of education. He noticed in particular the efficiency of the English reading and spelling, which he pronounced excellent. Mr Rose followed in similar terms, and said that the examination of the school for years past gave him the greatest pleasure and satisfaction. He then took the opportunity of recommending an additional supply of maps, and mentioned, for the encouragement of those present, that a beginning had been already made – that the sum of 15s had been subscribed by friends in other parts of the island, and he concluded by suggesting that a subscription should be made for the purpose in the district of Wasbister, which proposal was recommended by Mr McLellan, and heartily agreed to. The Bible annually given by James Ritchie Dymock, Esq., Edinburgh, was, after a keen competition, gained by William Louttit, Upper Blackhammer, and several others were nearly equal and deserving of commendation.

1866 December 18 Orkney Herald


ROUSAY – FROTOFT SCHOOL. – On Thursday evening, the 6th curt., in the Frotoft School, taught by Mr Wm. M. McLellan, the inhabitants and young people of the district were much gratified by the reading of various passages of Scripture and arithmetical calculations by the blind boy, John Griben, who has been visiting the schools in the country. His readings and calculations were exceedingly accurate, and called forth the admiration of all who were present. A collection was made at the close to aid the boy in learning a trade.


WEDNESDAY was observed as a day of thanksgiving in the U.P. and Free Churches here on account of the late excellent harvest.


1867 March 19 Orkney Herald


THE MARCH STORM. – During the week the weather has continued very severe for the season, a bitter, frosty wind from the nor’-east, accompanied by occasional drifting showers of snow, having blown for several days. The relapse in the weather is very untimely, as it has put a stop to ploughing operations and other spring work in the fields.


1867 March 26 Orkney Herald


ROUSAY – SCARCITY OF FODDER. – The “black island,” as it has often been called, is again partially clothed with a snowy covering. We have had more snow this year than for a great many years past. Field operations are in a rather backward state, and many are complaining of a scarcity of fodder.


STATE OF HEALTH – Owing to the unhealthy state of the weather, diseases have been very prevalent among old and young. Sore throats are common among the young people, and croup has been very frequent of late, proving fatal in some cases.


1867 July 2 Orkney Herald


ROUSAY – WEATHER AND FIELDS. – The weather has for some weeks been variable, easterly winds however prevailing. To-day everything bears the aspect of summer, and eye and ear are refreshed by the luxuriant appearance of the rising braird, and the melodious notes of the favourite lark.


THE GRUB. – Turnip sowing is about finished for this season, and although grub has appeared to a slight extent, serious results are not apprehended.


COLONEL BURROUGHS, our proprietor, has supplied all his tenants in Rousay and Weir with lime for whitewashing and sanitary purposes.


COD-FISHING has been decidedly unsuccessful, and lobsters have been very scarce.


1867 July 30 Orkney Herald


ROUSAY – THE CROPS. – The weather for the last week has been propitious for the crops, and they have made considerable progress. Turnips are looking well on some farms, and hoeing is begun generally.


HERRING FISHING. – On Monday our boats left for the Stronsay herring fishing. May success follow them as heretofore!


COMMUNION SERVICE. – The Communion was observed in the U.P. Church here on the 21st inst., when the Rev. J. McLellan was assisted by the Rev. N. P. Rose, of the Free Church, who preached on Saturday and on Sabbath afternoon; and Monday by Mr Isaac E. Marwick, student, who made a highly creditable appearance, treating his subjects in masterly style. The church, though well filled during the forenoon, was crowded to excess in the afternoon by people from the other churches curious to hear a native preacher. [Isaac, born in June 1844, was the son of Isaac Marwick and Betsy Yorston, Guidal, Sourin, and was later a minister in Kirkcaldy.]

1867 August 13 Orkney Herald


THE 12TH. – The grouse season opened yesterday, when some eager sportsmen were early afoot. Hoy and Rousay are now the two principal sporting stations in the islands, but this season’s prospects are not very favourable. Some sportsmen arrived by the Queen steamer last week. We understand that the Rousay shootings are occupied by a brother of Colonel Burroughs, the proprietor of the island, and a nephew of George Traill, Esq., M.P.


1867 October 1 Orkney Herald


MELANCHOLY CASE OF SUICIDE. – The inhabitants of Rousay were thrown into a state of excitement on Saturday week by the intelligence that a young man, named Alexander Logie, belonging to the west side, had committed suicide by throwing himself over the rocks at Saviskeal Head on the previous day. The deceased, who was a son of the late Alexander Logie, well known in this town as a boatman plying between Kirkwall and Westness, was employed as a farm-servant with Mr [William] Seatter, of Saviskeal. He was considered a diligent and faithful servant, and had given satisfaction to his employer. There seems to be some difficulty in accounting for the rash act; but from what we have heard, it appears that some slight difference had originated between the deceased and one of his fellow-servants respecting harvest work. His master had arranged that he should be employed in binding, but to this he had some objection; and for the purpose of securing harmony, Mr Seatter, in a kindly way, arranged that both the young men should take on alternate days the cutting and binding. The other lad had readily complied with this arrangement, and the work proceeded on the first day. But on resuming next day, deceased refused to give up the scythe, and added that, rather than bind, he would throw up his place. Nothing more passed. Logie went home and was seen in his room, by one of the other servants, engaged in writing. About noon on Friday week, after packing up all his clothes and locking them in his chest, he went out and was observed going in the direction of Saviskeal Head. On enquiry being made next day, and no trace of him being found, it was decided to open his chest, when letters, written to his mother [Barbara Logie, Quoygrinny] and sweetheart on six pages of tinted notepaper, were discovered, and led to the conclusion that he had perpetrated the crime of suicide. The following is an exact transcript of the letters:-


(No 1 Sheet)


‘Alexander Logie

     ‘Dear Mother,

             ‘When you see this you Remember how your Son did he is going to his father It is Master Seater that is doing It was aggread for a sigh [scythe] and he would not do it Dear I now must drown myself for my gref is more than I can bare If my corps Is found you Bury me Beside father this is what I am due Mr James Grevie 9s Magnus flace William Craigie Course you know the rest – tell my brothers and my sisters to seek Jesus for I was a grate Sinner Now mother you will sell my clothes as much as cleare my det and give the Rest to John Master Seatter is due me £3 10 that is clearing for all things and clearing for John due keep my likeness to yourself and when you die give it to Eliza Oliver tell John to Seek Jesus So good By to you Dear mother I had no friends in Saviskeal Miss Ann Mowat tell her I dearely love her and love her to the end Now you all I wish You good By and may you all fall asleep in Jesus the tears could wish your face der mother tell that man that said I Run Master Seater’s horse I mind it all – Alexander Logie.’


(No 2 Sheet.)


     ‘Give this to Ann Mowat and tell her What way all this lies Is Rased upon me and you they will answer for It now dear An I leave my kin I love to you this Is my own write I hope to see you in heaven Master promised me a sight [scythe] As I have this pen in my hand I Love you to the end give my love to the Shepherd and to David Inkster and to Both their Sisters this Is to Ann Mowat Dear Love I now must digh you Remember this Magnus clouston was as grat an enemy I had don’t court with him for my sake – Alexander Logie.’


The body of the unfortunate man has not yet been found. He was dressed, when last seen, in twill jacket, moleskin trowsers, black vet and cravat.


1868 February  25 Orkney Herald


ROUSAY - WEATHER AND FARM WORK. – The weather for some weeks’ past has been very stormy indeed, wind and rain in rapid succession, with only glimpses of sunshine occasionally. For the last few days, however, it has taken a favourable change, and farmers are busily employed in out-door labour. Straw and turnips, in most cases are abundant, but the oats, in consequence of a late and stormy harvest are somewhat deficient.


WASBISTER DISTRICT. – For the last month or so Mr James Leonard has been teaching music in this district, a want much experienced by the young people especially in the Sabbath School. But having taken a deep interest in the matter this year a class was formed, and Mr Leonard’s services secured. Owing to his exertions we understand his scholars have made rapid progress in the tonic Sol-Fa notation so much so that some five or six passed a rigid examination for the elementary certificate of music. Mr Leonard’s qualifications, as a music teacher, are well known throughout the country, and we can only say that he deserves much credit for the manner in which he conducted his class here, enlivening his scholars almost nightly by singing some favourite piece.

1868 March 31 Orkney Herald


EXAMINATION OF THE FREE CHURCH SCHOOL AT WASBISTER. – This school taught by Mr James Campbell Bruce, was examined on Friday the 20th inst. by the Rev. Mr Robb of Deerness, Rev. Mr McLellan of the U.P. Church, Rousay, and the Rev. Mr Rose, F.C. Church, Rousay. There was a large attendance of parents and other friends interested in the education of the young. Among others we observed Mrs [Jane] Seatter of Saviskaill; Mr [George] and Mrs [Ann] Learmonth of Westness; Miss Cockburn, Governess, Old Manse; Mrs John Gibson, Miss Gibson, and Mr Robert Gibson, jun. of Langskaill; Mrs [Janet] Gibson, Quoys; Mrs [Barbara] Gibson, sen., Vacquoy; Mrs [Rebekah] Inkster, sen., Cogar; Mr [Hugh] and Mrs [Isabella] Sinclair, Stennisgorn; Mr William Craigie, Cogar; Mrs [Jane] Craigie, Hammer; Mr John Craigie, Deithe; Mrs [Eliza] Inkster, Innister; Mrs [Ann] Craigie, Turbitail; Mrs [Ann] Craigie, Falquoy; and Mrs [Margaret] Gibson, Burness. There was a good muster of young people, and they acquitted themselves to the entire satisfaction of the reverend examiners. The examination lasted fully four hours. At the close Messrs Robb and McLellan severally addressed the scholars and paid them a well-merited compliment for the excellent appearance they had made. Special notice was taken of the proficiency in spelling manifested by all the classes, both viva voce and to dictation. The specimens of writing exhibited were likewise pronounced remarkably good. The result of the whole examination reflected the highest credit both on teacher and scholars. Mr Bruce continues to maintain the character which he has justly earned as being a diligent, painstaking, and successful teacher of youth. Prizes were awarded through the kindness of Mr Rose in addition to the Dymock Bible. The following are the names of the successful winners:


     First Reading Class – David Inkster, Ploverhall

     Second do. – Robert Gibson, Langskaill

     Third do. – Lydia Craigie, Turbitail

     Fourth Reading do. – Elizabeth Craigie, Cogar

     Jun. Arithmetic do. – Margaret Alexander, Lingro

     Senior do. do.- Jemima Craigie, Hammer

     Third do. do. – Elizabeth Craigie, Cogar

     Geography do. – Mary Jane Gibson, Langskaill

     Dictation do. – James Kirkness, Quoyostray

     Mental Arithmetic – James Sinclair, Stennisgorn

     English Grammar – Mary Jane Gibson, Langskaill

     Latin (Caesar) – John Gibson, Langskaill

     Writing (Boys) – James Robertson, Crey

     Writing (Girls) – 1 Annie Craigie, Turbitail; 2 Anne Marwick, Tou


For the Dymock Prize Bible there appeared six candidates, and after a thorough searching examination, conducted by written questions, the successful candidate was found to be Anne Craigie, Turbitail. Next in order of merit was Mary Jane Gibson. The correctness of the answers given drew forth the admiration of the examiners – evincing a praiseworthy knowledge of sacred scriptures on the part of all the candidates. The questions were confined to the Book of Acts, according to previous arrangement. The full value of all the questions was 130 and the successful candidate’s paper amounted to 100, while the next in order of merit was 95. After Mr Rose had thanked the audience for their kind attendance, the interesting proceedings which were opened with prayer by Mr McLellan were brought to a close by Mr Robb who pronounced the benediction.


SPRING COMMUNION. – The communion was observed in the Free Church in this island on the 22nd inst. when the Rev. Mr Rose was assisted by the Rev. W. D. Robb, A.M. of Deerness who also preached on the Fast-day, and also on Saturday, Sunday evening, and Monday. Mr Robb also kindly preached a sermon to the young on the evening of the Fast-day. The attendance at all diets of worship was good, considering the wintry character of the weather.


1868 September 22 Orkney Herald


ROUSAY - WEATHER AND HARVEST. For some time past the weather has been propitious for the cutting and ingathering of the crop. Some districts are far advanced in taking the crop into the yard. Grain is thought to be an average, although fodder will be scarce owing to the drought in summer.


PROFESSOR MARTIN has again favoured us with a visit. He has preached with much acceptance in the Wasbister district, also in the Established Church on Sabbath forenoon, and the Free Church in the afternoon, and also in the U. P. Church on Tuesday evening.


F. C. TRAILL, Esq., from London, who has had the shooting in the Rousay hills for some years past, is at present residing in Westness House. By his affable disposition he has gained the esteem of all with whom he has come in contact.


BODY FOUND. The body referred to by your Eday correspondent in a late paper, which was found off Warness, is said to be that of Robert Inkster, son of Robert Inkster, Swartifield, who is thought to have fallen over the dangerous Leeon rocks in this island.