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ROUSAY IN NEWSPRINT - Part 4

1868 December 1 Orkney Herald

 

MR RIDDELL AT ROUSAY – THE TORY BUBBLE BURST AGAIN. – On the morning of Friday the inhabitants of Rousay were surprised on observing the steamer Orcadia approaching Milbourne, and when it became known that Mr Riddell, the Tory candidate, was on board, an unusual stir was the result in the district of Sourin. The redoubtable “Turncoat John,” of Kirkwall, was landed, and while the Tory candidate proceeded with the steamer to Westray, John busied himself in making arrangements for a meeting, and scout was dispatched in all directions, calling out the electors at 3pm, when they would have an opportunity of hearing the “Coming Man.”

 

The steamer, however, did not return till 5 o’clock. There was a fair muster of electors, at that hour, in the schoolhouse in Sourin. Mr Riddell was accompanied by Mr Traill of Holland, Mr Heddle of Melsetter, and Mr Marcus Calder, factor to Mr Balfour. Among those present we noticed the Rev. N. P. Rose of the Free Church; James Sinclair, Esq. of Newhouse; Mr John Gibson, Langskaill, and Mr Robert Sinclair, Swandale, &c.

 

On the motion of Mr John Kirkness of Wasbister, Mr J. G. Heddle of Melsetter was called to the chair.

 

The Chairman, before introducing Mr Riddell, apologised for intruding himself on the notice of the electors of Rousay, as he was a stranger wholly unconnected with the island (hisses.) He would not, however, detain them, but simply introduce Mr Riddell to the meeting.

 

 

Mr Riddell on rising was greeted with hisses and applause. After apologising for his delay, and thanking the electors for coming out in such numbers to hear him, he went on to speak on the Irish Church questions, repeating much the same observations as he had made in other places, and reiterating his belief that the Establishment in Ireland was the bulwark of Protestantism.

 

Some marks of disapprobation were here shown by Mr Rose, when the Chairman called him to order, and stated that such disturbance could not be tolerated.

 

Mr Rose claimed the right to express approbation or disapprobation according to the character of the sentiments uttered – a privilege allowed in all well-conducted public assemblies.

 

Mr Sinclair of Newhouse said – Mr Chairman – Sir. Mr Rose is a well-loved man amongst us, and he will be heard here when you will not be heard – (great cheering.)

 

Mr Riddell did not enter upon any other subject, and sat down after speaking for almost ten minutes.

 

The Chairman then said that electors would have an opportunity of asking questions, but added that they must be concise, and that no discussion would be allowed.

 

The Rev. Mr Rose, who occupied a seat close to the Chairman and Mr Riddell, then stood up, and said he had one or two questions to put.

 

The Chairman appeared desirous of preventing Mr Rose from getting any questions put, but the reverend gentleman soon showed that he was not to be trifled with, and after vindicating his right to take part in the proceedings, proceeded to “educate” the Chairman as to a Chairman’s duties.

 

Mr Rose then said that as Mr Riddell was a gentleman desirous of representing the islands in Parliament, it would be obliging if he could inform the meeting how many islands there were in the group – (laughter.)

Mr Riddell could not answer the question, and tried to cover his ignorance by saying that he was as much known as his opponent.

 

Mr Rose then said he thought it would be desirable to send the candidate to school, as he was very ignorant about the islands which he wished to represent in Parliament – (cheers and laughter.) He would, however, go on with his questions, and the next one was, Would the candidate be in favour of equalising the burgh and county franchise?

 

Mr Riddell, after some hesitation and appealing looks to the Chairman, was understood to answer in the affirmative.

 

Mr Rose next asked, “For the protection of the small tenant voters, would Mr Riddell support a bill in favour of the ballot?”

 

Mr Riddell, who hummed, hawed, and hesitated, at last said that there appeared to be a great deal of intimidation practised in that island –

 

Mr Rose – By your own party – (cheers) – I am glad of the confession.

 

Here the Chairman interfered and after a good deal of confusion mingled with hisses, cheers, and laughter, Mr Riddell said he meant “these islands,” the Chairman adding; “That is what he said.”

 

Mr Riddell then said his answer to the question was that, in consequence of the amount of intimidation practised in these islands, while opposed to secret voting, he would, if the county wished it, support the ballot – (oh, oh.)

 

Mr Rose next asked if the candidate was prepared to vote in favour of a measure giving equal justice to all citizens in the realm, irrespective of their religious or ecclesiastical views, and thereby sweeping away all endowments?

 

Mr Riddell, who did not seem to understand this “philosophical” question, answered innocently, “Yes.”

 

Mr Rose – Then on what ground did the candidate defend taxation levied on the whole community for the support of an institution such as the Irish Church, consisting of one-eighth of the population, while the rest were bitterly opposed to it?

 

Mr Riddell made a rambling, unsatisfactory reply, and tried to make out that the people of Ireland did not pay for the Irish Church.

 

Mr Rose said that Mr Riddell seemed to be woefully ignorant of the whole matter, but he would like an intelligible answer to this question, Did the candidate consider it just or even safe in a free country, with freedom of opinion and free institutions, to keep up an establishment which the great majority of the people considered unjust and an obstruction in the way of truth?

 

Mr Riddell’s reply was so absurd that it was drowned in laughter and hisses.

 

Mr Rose – What are the candidate’s views in regard to the recommendations of the Commissioners on Education?

 

Mr Riddell, who was at a loss what to answer, received a hint from the Chairman, and complained that the question was too extensive, and he would like it put plain and definite.

 

Mr Rose then said that he was sorry for the candidate’s ignorance, but he would break up the question, and ask first what was his opinion of Local Boards, as recommended by the Education Commissioners?

 

Mr Riddell said he would vote in favour of a Scottish Board.

 

Mr Rose next asked his opinion as to rates and compulsory education.

 

Mr Riddell made no explicit answer with respect to rating, but in regard to compulsory education, said he would vote that children be kept at school up to a certain age.

Mr Rose – As it was reported that the candidate had been connected with India, what had he to say about setting up an Established Church among the Hindoos – (laughter) – like that in Ireland?

 

Mr Riddell said oh! The questioner had never been in India, and that all people were alike established there – (laughter and interruption.)

 

Mr Rose – Did Mr Riddell agree with Mr Disraeli that “the religious liberty which all Her Majesty’s subjects now happily enjoy is owing to the Christian Church in this country having accepted the principles of the Reformation, and recognised the supremacy of the Sovereign not only in matters temporal but in matters ecclesiastical?”

 

Mr Riddell said – yes, he was a member of the Church of England, and held by the views of Mr Disraeli.

 

Mr Rose said then it appeared that Mr Riddell was an Erastian [of, characterized by, or advocating the doctrine of state supremacy in ecclesiastical affairs] and he felt no desire to ask him any more questions.

 

No other elector appearing disposed to put questions, Mr Rose again stood up and moved, amid the interruptions of the Chairman, that Mr Riddell was not a fit and proper person to represent the county of Orkney and Shetland in Parliament.

 

Mr James Sinclair of Newhouse, seconded the motion.

 

Mr Traill of Holland moved, as an amendment, that Mr Riddell was a fit and proper person to represent the county.

 

Mr Malcolm Corsie seconded the amendment, adding, “I go in with that, Sir!” – (great laughter.)

 

The Chairman then proceeded to take the vote, when a large number of hands were held up in favour of Mr Rose’s motion. It was suggested by Mr Rose that those who voted with him should rise to their feet. There was an immediate and overwhelming response which did not appear to please the Chairman, who replied that they should content themselves with holding up their hands, as Mr Rose’s shadow covered nearly the whole meeting.

 

Mr Rose said he believed the people had no objection to sit under his shadow rather than that of the Chairman – (cheers.)

 

The Chairman next asked those who voted for the amendment to hold up their hands, when only a few hands were held up, some of those who voted not being electors. Mr Traill and Mr Marcus Calder were among those who voted. The Chairman was obliged to confess the motion carried through only, he believed, by a majority of two!

 

Mr Rose said he had another motion to propose, which was that Mr Dundas was a fit and proper person to represent the county in Parliament.

 

The Chairman seemed disposed to object to the motion when Mr Traill said that he could not object as Mr Rose was in perfect order. As no amendment to this second motion was proposed, it may be considered as expressing the mind of the meeting.

 

Mr Rose then moved a vote of thanks to the Chairman, and added he was sorry Mr Heddle should have given expression so strongly to his feelings. As for himself he was a thorough Liberal, and would not be ashamed to own it. He wished every man to enjoy perfect freedom to exercise his right of voting according to his convictions of duty.

 

The Chairman thanked the meeting for the honour done him, and at the same time tendered an apology to Mr Rose, expressing regret if he had said or done anything offensive.

 

There was then a shaking of hands between the Chairman and Mr Rose, and the two “agreed to differ.”

 

The meeting then broke up, and an impression prevailed that Mr Riddell had most effectually put his foot through his own cause in Rousay.

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

 

TORY DOINGS IN ROUSAY

 

SIR, - This usually quiet island has been literally besieged during the week by the agents and other friends of the Tory candidate, and every possible means has been employed to induce the electors to support the pretensions of Mr Riddell. Many of the respectable small farmers are surprised, as well they may, at the amount of attention shewn to them by these big wigs.

     On Thursday morning the intelligence spread rapidly through the island that the canvassers had come. Starting from the head-centre of Westness the agents took opposite routes, literally circumventing the island, and with few exceptions every elector was called on in the course of the day, and I am sorry to hear that very objectionable means were employed fitted to intimidate poor dependent tenants. The great majority, however, remained firm to their conscientious convictions of duty, and would not pledge themselves. In some cases, I am informed, very ungentlemanly language was employed, most oppressive to persons of thorough religious feelings. On Friday morning much surprise was excited when the Orcadia steamer was seen approaching Milbourne, and it was soon noised abroad that the magnificent “Bunkum Riddley” had come at last, accompanied by the lairds of Holland and Melsetter, and Mr Marcus Calder.

     In the evening there was a fair muster of electors in the schoolhouse of Sourin to hear the Tory candidate. His sworn supporters, who accompanied him to the island, were of course present, ready to do him all honour. In the absence of any qualified person it was necessary for them to call in the services of J G Heddle, Esq. of Melsetter, who took the chair, but apparently with some misgiving. With a countenance blanched like a cabbage-stock, and a voice tremulous with fear, he proceeded in a few sentences of broken English to introduce Mr Riddell, making an apology at the same time for his intrusion. On rising to give his address the Tory candidate looked very much alarmed, and it became apparent in a few minutes that the worthy man was not master of oratory. He appeared just to have one idea in his head on the Irish Church question, and he laboured painfully to give expression to it. The address was much interrupted, and at its close, the Rev Mr Rose of the Free Church rose to put him through his political catechism. A nice scene occurred just then. The Chairman, who disposed to carry things with a high hand attempted to put Mr Rose down, but it was soon visible that he had a man of stern stuff to deal with, who knew what his rights were, and who was determined to make full use of them. Mr Rose then proceeded to put a long list of questions, which were indifferently answered – so much so indeed that if ignorance be one of the requisite qualifications of a member of Parliament the Orkney Tories have lighted upon the right man. Both Mr Heddle and Mr Riddell appeared desperately alarmed lest the minister should express his views. Again and again in the course of questioning did the chairman protest vehemently against Mr Rose, but his protests were invariably put down with hisses and derisive cheers. On Mr Riddell acknowledging that he did not know how many islands there are in the group, Mr Rose said, “I see we must send you to school,” and this remark caused great amusement. Altogether the meeting was one of the strangest of its kind ever held in Rousay, and when it broke up the electors walked away pitying Mr Riddell no doubt for being placed in so awkward a position by his ill-advised friends and counsellors. It is confidently expected that, notwithstanding all the influence exerted in Rousay on his behalf, he will not gain many votes. People here see clearly that the exercise of the franchise is a sacred trust to be used by every man as his birthright, and that for any laird or factor to ask a tenant to give his vote against his own conviction is simply oppression and moral degradation. – I am, &c.,

 

                                                               ONE WHO WILL VOTE FOR DUNDAS.

     Rousay, 20th Nov. 1868.

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1868 December 22 Orkney Herald

 

ROUSAY – POSTAL COMMUNICATION. – We understand that a memorial signed by nearly 300 of the inhabitants of the island, above 14 years of age, has been forwarded to the Postmaster-General praying for an increase of postal communication. At present the people of Rousay have only a mail twice-a-week – on Tuesdays and Thursdays and with the increased correspondence of late years this is felt to be too little, and as the parish of Evie on the mainland opposite enjoys a mail thrice-a-week, what is now asked is that, seeing the runner has to make the journey three times at any rate, the post-office authorities may see their way to have the correspondence of Rousay brought forward on the third regular post-day, which is Saturday, and make suitable arrangements with the mail-boat for having the same conveyed to Rousay on that day. The additional expense could not be very heavy, and the advantage to the people would be very great. It is a long interval between Thursday and the following Tuesday to be without a mail. The inconvenience was much felt, for example, during the recent election. It is likewise felt in cases of sickness, when persons require to go to town, and in a variety of ways besides. We sincerely hope the request of the memorialists may be speedily granted, for we are persuaded that Her Majesty’s Government are anxious to facilitate the post communication, as far possible, or even the remotest portion of the kingdom. We may observe that at present there are two elderly women who are doing good public service regularly in the shape of carrying the letters &c., from the post-office round the respective districts Sourin and Wasbister - travelling twice a-week, and in stormy weather oftener - some 6 or 7 miles each way, and receiving no public remuneration whatever, nothing in short except what individuals are pleased to give them. We understand indeed that through the kindness of our respected factor one of them has lately obtained a house on the road-side more conveniently situated, and that the people of the district have kindly trimmed it, and it looks very comfortable. Could nothing be obtained in the way of salary, however small, for such deserving public servants?

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

 

THE LATE COUNTY CONTEST

 

The following communications appear in the Courant:-

 

Sir, - Now that the Orkney and Shetland election is over, and the Conservative cause discomfited it is interesting to look into the extraordinary means used by the so-called Liberals to gain their ends.

 

     The behaviour of very many of the Dissenting clergy, and, I grieve to say, of some of the Established Church as well, has been such as even to disgust their own party, and will most decidedly materially weaken their influence as religious guides and teachers amongst their own congregations, their doings having been such as must lower them in general respect.

 

     Political sermons, parties denounced from the pulpit by name, and by vile and opprobrious epithets, and the House of God turned into an election hall, have been but too frequent for the last few weeks. No paid agents of Mr Dundas’ could have been more active than the parsons, and the parsons’ wives also, who canvassed not only during the bright light of day, but under the cloud of night. Bills have been issued, and strange “Curiosities of Literature” have been written, a few of which I have been lucky enough to pick up; but certainly, for cool impudence none can surpass a letter written by the Rev. Neil P. Rose, Free Kirk parson in the Island of Rousay, to Mr George Learmonth, land steward to Fred. W. Burroughs, Esq., Colonel of Her Majesty’s 93d Highlanders, and, being a sample of what has been doing in the far north I send you a copy of it along with the reply, which I trust you will see fit to publish. All I have to add is, that Mr Learmonth is a most honest, straightforward man and as highly esteemed and respected by all classes as any one in his position in the county. – I am, &c,

                                                                                                  S. C. A.

     Kirkwall 10th Dec. 1868.

FREE CHURCH MANSE OF ROUSAY

 

Monday, 30th Nov. 1868

 

My Dear Sir, - I was in Wasbister to-day and was exceedingly sorry to learn that you have lately been trying to coerce some of the voters there to vote against their own conscientious convictions. I thought, after your truly humbling confessions to me on Friday week at the school of Sourin, and after what you said to me, that you would have at once ceased such practises. You know the great question at issue has an important bearing on our principles as a Church. In fact, it is mainly a Church question, and it belongs to ministers far more than to farm stewards to endeavour to instruct the people regarding it. I feel it most offensive on your part to go to the people of my congregation and try to take undue liberties with my character. They can only view your conduct, as they do, with disgust. I challenge you to say that I have done or said anything unbecoming a minister of the gospel; but your conduct in first going round the island and getting innocent people to sign a document which you either was (sic) incapable of explaining, or did not wish to explain to them, thereby ensnaring them and wounding their consciences, is most reprehensible. I had hoped better things of you. A man’s conscience is so sacred that we are bound to have respect to its scruples even, and deal very tenderly with them. Therefore, to injure it is the worst of crimes. It is a greater crime than murder or theft to tamper with another’s conscience. “When ye sin so against the brethren and wound their consciences, ye sin against Christ.” To tempt a man, as you have been evidently endeavouring to do by an appeal to fear or self-interest in a matter of conscience, is surely a grave crime, and I wonder that you cannot see it in that light. How different is your conduct from that of Mr Scarth, our esteemed factor. He has given you no authority for acting as you have been doing. He has acted a noble part in this whole business by telling the tenants who have called on him to vote according to their own convictions. You know if the people were left alone – if you had not deceived them – they are, with very few exceptions, all Liberals; and Free Church people would follow the counsels of their General Assembly. Sir, you stand at this moment before the public of Rousay morally a dishonoured man; and you may rest assured I shall take the earliest opportunity of letting your master, our gallant Colonel, know all the particulars, and the part you have taken, if you do not at once desist from further tampering with the conscience of Free Church people. They have and love their principles, though you may be too opaque in your moral constitution to perceive that. – In haste, I remain, yours faithfully,

                                                                          (Signed) NEIL P. ROSE

     Mr Geo. Learmonth, Westness.

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                        WESTNESS FARM, 3d Dec. 1868.

Rev. Neil P. Rose,

Free Church Manse, Rousay.

 

Rev. Sir, - Your letter of 30th November not a little astonished me. I wish you had interfered as little with convictions and honest wishes of the tenants as I have done. You have gone about the island, night and day, and have tried to drive your views, as if they had been gospel truth, down the throat of every voter.

     You have used Colonel Burroughs’ name and influence in a way you had no warrant, and you threaten me with his vengeance. I am glad to say I know the Colonel better than you do; he is a true Liberal, and you and your party are only mock ones.

     You write about Free Church principles. Are your present ones the principles of the late great and good Dr Chalmers, or are they those of the living Dr Begg! What your present idol Gladstone says now as truth, he condemned, I am told, a few years ago, as gross falsehood, and yet you make such opinions matter of conscience.

     I think conscience with you is just to see with your eyes and to do your wishes – a near approach to priestcraft and Popish tyranny.

     How dare you, sir, call me morally a dishonoured man! I am vain enough to believe that the character of plain George Learmonth stands as high in Orkney for honesty as even that of the great Rev. N. Rose of the Free Kirk, and I hold myself quite as safe an adviser as you. I expect that the gallant Colonel is far from asking your interference either with his tenants or his servants.

     I deny the charge you make. I merely did my duty in reading to the tenants Mr Scarth’s letter, in which he warns them to vote as they see right, and not to be influenced by false accounts given by you and others of their landlord’s wishes and opinions.

     I shall publish this correspondence as the best way of bringing under the Colonel’s notice what an overbearing priest is on his island. – I am, Rev. Sir, your obedient servant.

                                                       (Signed) GEORGE LEARMONTH.

 

 

 

 

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[The result of the General Election 1868: Orkney & Shetland was as follows:

 

       Liberal                 Frederick Dundas       715 votes

       Conservative       H B Riddell                 446 votes

 

                      Liberal hold, with a majority of 269]

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1868 December 29 Orkney Herald

 

THE ROUSAY CORRESPONDENCE. - We understand that the letter which the Rev. Mr Rose of Rousay sent to Mr Learmonth, regarding alleged undue influence practised upon voters, was marked private, so that there was a breach of honour in consenting to give it publicity without first asking the writer’s permission. The letter, purporting to be written by Mr Learmonth in reply to Mr Rose, has been forwarded to us for inspection. The signature only is Mr Learmonth’s own, while the letter appears to have been penned to dictation by some well-skilled clerk in public office.

 

1869 January 5 Orkney Herald

 

IMPROVED POSTAL COMMUNICATRION BETWEEN KIRKWALL AND ROUSAY. – We understand that, through the successful representations of Mr Dundas to the Postmaster-General, it has now been arranged that Rousay shall enjoy the benefit of postal communication three times a-week. Our worthy member has shown thus early that the statements he made as to the interest which he would continue to take in the islands were not mere talk or electioneering devices.

 

1869 March 2 Orkney Herald

 

ROUSAY. - The communion was observed here on Sabbath last, when the Rev. Mr Reid ably assisted Mr McLellan on the occasion. Mr Reid preached on Saturday and also on Monday.

 

POSTAL COMMUNICATION. - We have now an additional post every week, but we think that the next thing which we would require would be a money-order office, which is much needed in the island, and we have not the slightest doubt but that would get it if a petition were sent up. The addition in mail-communication has been obtained by our energetic representative, Mr Dundas, who attended most faithfully to the petition.

The weather here for the past few months has been remarkably mild, with the exception of a few days of rough rainy weather.

 

1869 March 30 Orkney Herald

 

ROUSAY – WINTER IN SPRING. – We have been visited with a fearful snow storm for the past fortnight, accompanied by severe frosts. In consequence out-door work was at a perfect stand-still. The fans of snow in some places were of extraordinary height; but between the strength of the sun and the strong winds, it has nearly disappeared by this time. Fodder being in general very scarce throughout the island, the farmers are exceedingly glad that the pasture is making its appearance once more. If the snow had continued much longer some of the small farmers would have been under the necessity of disposing of their cattle to the first comer. Farmers are all now busy making preparations for seed time, which is hoped will commence in about two weeks if the weather be fine.

 

1869 April 13 Orkney Herald

 

ROUSAY. - Last week a new firthy boat arrived here. She was built in Wick for David Wood, [boat captain, Rusness], Weir.

 

The weather for the past week has been rough and rather reassuming a wintry appearance. But nevertheless some our farmers have been committing seed to the soil. Sowing has not become general in the island yet.

 

Our island has been visited with little or no disease during the past winter, only one death having occurred during that time.

1869 April 21 Orkney Herald

 

ROUSAY – SOWING. – We have had a few days of very fine weather now. The farmers are all very busy putting the seed into the ground. Some of our farmers have got entirely through.

 

BRONCHITIS. – A great many of our inhabitants have been attacked with sore throats, and we are of opinion that it is contagious. This is just the worst season of the year for sickness of whatever kind.

 

1869 August 17 Orkney Herald

 

PLEASURE TRIP TO ROUSAY. - On Friday afternoon, shortly after two o’clock, the s.s. “Orcadia” left Kirkwall Harbour with a goodly number of pleasure-seekers on board, bound for the romantic island Rousay. Up to the hour of starting the day had been cloudy, with occasional showers, and as the barometer had a slightly downward tendency, many were detained from venturing afloat in the fear of being caught in a “Lammas spate.” But as the afternoon wore on the day improved, and by half-past 3 o’clock when, after a pleasant sail of an hour’s duration, the excursionists had been landed below the Parish Manse, the air was quite mild, and the mantle of mist which had during the forenoon shrouded the summit Kierfea Hill, floated away with the gentle breeze, leaving the whole clear, and affording an excellent “coigne of vantage” for viewing the surrounding islands. The passengers were speedily landed, when they proceeded to enjoy themselves, each according to his own fancy. Those who had friends in the island went to see them, but the great proportion proceeded to the lochs, and the top of Kierfea Hill. Some gentlemen, intent upon sport, had brought their fishing rods and baskets along with them, but we are not aware whether they made a particularly good fishing. Had guns been substituted for fishing rods, and game-bags for trout-baskets, even minus a pointer, there would have been little difficulty in making a “good hag.” The whole island is the property of Colonel Burroughs, H.M. 93d Highlanders, presently in India, and should no disease occur, the gallant Colonel may live in the prospect of enjoying some capital sport in the Rousay hills when he makes up his mind to visit his northern estates. Around the island there runs an excellent road, intersecting fields and farms of various extent, but all having the appearance of being well cultivated. Arriving at the top of Kierfea Hill, a splendid view presents itself - the whole islands stretching out on either side intersected by various firths and bays - as if a continent cut up by some majestic river. Far in the distance is seen Fair Isle, “the lonely Patmos of the North Sea,” where the admiral’s flagship of the Spanish Armada was wrecked; while nearer hand, reposing on the blue waters of the North Sea, are the islands of North Ronaldshay, Sanday, Westray, &c. On the other side is the mainland, bounded in one direction by the Hills of Hoy, while far in the distance large fleets of boats, studding the horizon, were seen hastening to the fishing grounds. The time allowed in the island was too short for strangers seeing all its beauties, but it is to be hoped Captain Robertson will make another afternoon’s excursion to its other side. By eight o’clock all were again on board, when the homeward voyage began. The band of the Its 0. A. V. having accompanied the excursionists, dancing commenced and was kept with much spirit until the vessel neared the quay, and by nine o’clock the passengers were safely landed having had excellent afternoon’s amusement.

 

1869 October 12 Orkney Herald

 

ROUSAY. THE WEATHER AND HARVEST. – The weather for the past few days has been warm and genial, accompanied by fog, and farmers have been busy at harvest work. The cutting is over on some of the farms, and a good many will finish this week. The mild weather has prevented farmers from getting much of their crops into the stackyard; but if the weather proves dry throughout this week a good many fields will be cleared. The only reaping machine in the island was introduced to it this year by Mr Seatter, Saviskaill. It was one from Mr Samuelson & Co., Banbury. It did its work well, and undoubtedly will effect a great saving in grain.

In Rousay every kind of improvement seems to make rapid progress, except education, which appears to be declining – especially in one district – and we may thank those for it who did all in their power to deprive the district of an excellent teacher, and supplied his place with a very so-and-so one – as they themselves admit. It is to be hoped that through time even this will be improved.

 

1869 November 16 Orkney Herald

 

ROUSAY PACKET

THE SMACK RIGGED

BOAT “OSPRAY”

WILL Sail as a Packet betwixt KIRKWALL and ROUSAY twice a-week

until further notice. Leaving Evie, and West Side, Rousay, every Monday;

and East Side, Rousay, every Thursday, for Kirkwall (weather permitting).

PETER STICKLER, Master.

 

ROUSAY PACKET. – From our advertising columns it will be observed that the powerful boat “Ospray” is to run as a packet between Kirkwall and Rousay until further notice. Such an arrangement cannot fail to be of great advantage to the inhabitants of that island in the winter season, when the weather is in general too unsettled to render it safe to come the long distance in small yawls.

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