Isabella Louttit of Maybank, Wasbister, and her husband Walter Muir of Breckan, later Warrenfield, St Ola. Isabella, daughter of William Louttit of Maybank and Margaret Gibson of Broland, was born in 1878. Walter came to Rousay and worked as a farm servant at Saviskaill. They had eight children, Maggie Jessie, Bessie, Walter, Bella, Clara, Ronald, Thomas, and Robert.

001 Langskaill 002 Langskaill, herding sheep

Two old photos featuring Langskaill and its land - the smoking lums of the long house, and herding sheep on foot and horseback.

003 Isabella Louttit, Maybank Wasbister & husband 004 Cogar. William Inkster [Fiery Bill] RR A306

‘Fiery Bill’ Inkster of Cogar. Born in 1860, he was the first of ten children born to William Inkster of Cogar and Mary Gibson of Langskaill. He was married twice, firstly to Jean Learmonth of Innister and latterly to Sarah Folsetter of Dale, Evie.


The text from a newspaper cutting below tells of his working life:-

The New Firemaster of Aberdeen. – Mr Wm. Inkster, who was yesterday appointed firemaster of Aberdeen, is a native of Rousay, Orkney Islands, and is in his 36th year. A ship carpenter to trade, he sailed in foreign-going vessels for eight years. It was in April 1889, that he became a member of the Metropolitan Fire Brigade, and being located at the Whitechapel Station, he has had many opportunities of acquiring both a practical and theoretical knowledge of the most approved methods of dealing with conflagrations large and small. In the construction and repair of fire appliances his five years’ experience in the workshops of the brigade at headquarters has been of much advantage to him. He has also taken considerable interest in the internal construction of buildings, and in what he considers the best methods of providing for the security of the inmates. On several occasions Mr Inkster has visited this city, and has a very good knowledge of the main thoroughfares and principal streets. Capt. Simmonds, late chief officer of the London Fire Brigade, in a testimonial, says that Mr Inkster is a man of good abilities, and thoroughly understands the duties of a fireman.

008 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.

007 Wester football team 1923.

Wasbister football team, 1923


Back row, left to right: James Craigie, Feolquoy; James Clouston, Tou; James Marwick, Grain.


Middle row: Hugh Sinclair, Sketquoy; George Craigie, Feolquoy; ?.


Front row: Bill Flaws, Hammerfield; Robert Inkster, Furse; Malcolm Hourie, Maybank; William Craigie, Ivybank; James Craigie, Deithe.

L2999-4 Sally & Clara Craigie, Furse 1922 L2785-1 Kathleem Craigie, Furse

Sally and Clara Craigie of Furse [left] photographed in 1922, and their younger sister Kathleen [right] c1950. Their parents were John Craigie of Furse and Ann Russell of Brendale.

L2882-1 George M Marwick, Quoys c1900 L2882-2 Robert M Marwick, Quoys c1900 L2884-2 John H.M. Marwick, Quoys c1900

George [left], Robert [centre] and John Marwick [right] – three of the seven children of David Marwick of Essaquoy and Ann Leonard of Treblo. David later farmed the land of Quoys in Wasbister.

Robert Sinclair with his horse and cart going up the Leean, about 1930. Robert of Stennisgorn, later Skatequoy married Margaret Flaws of Hammerfield; they had four children – Robert, born in 1891, George in 1893, Annabella in 1903, and Hugh, who was born in 1906.

010 The Leean - Robert Sinclair, Sketquoy, horse & 011 Wester School 1931

Wasbister School, 1931


Back row: Miss Tina Mathieson, Stanley Moar, William Marwick, David Wards, Sinclair Craigie, Thomas Donaldson, Thomas Marwick, James Craigie.


Middle row: Jim Sinclair, Clara Donaldson, Agnes Marwick, Netta Sinclair, Jean Marwick, Kathleen Craigie, Clem Donaldson, Anna Marwick, Robert Marwick.


Front row: William Donaldson, Jim Leslie, Donald Marwick.

012 Wester view from above Furse c1955 013 Wester view Furse at harvest time

Harvest time at Furse - 1955

All the black & white photos above are courtesy of Tommy Gibson, Brinola


A modern day view of Wester from the old peat track leading up to Loomachun

The Wester Loch, with Cogar, Ivybank and the old school to the left, Feolquoy in the centre, with Vacquoy and Nedyar to the right

Pic 005

A long lens shot from halfway up the Leean, with Nedyar and Langskaill in the foreground; Quoys, Ivybank, Cogar and the old school; the old smiddy, Quoygray/Quoyostray, Tou and Tou Cottage; and Hammerfield

and Lower Hammerfield top left.