In Print

Newsprint – 1899

1899 February 1 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – SUPPER AND PRESENTATION. – On Friday evening last, Mr W. Marwick, Westness, who is about to leave the island to take up his new duties as head game-keeper on the Melsetter estate, was entertained to supper at Hullion House, by a select number of his friends. The company, which sat down to supper at 7 p.m. was a fairly large one, and included representatives from all the districts of the island. The supper, which was catered for by Mrs Gibson of Hullion, was of such excellence as to satisfy the most fastidious taste. Mr Gibson of Hullion occupied the chair, and Mr Pitts, Westness House, acted as croupier. After supper, Mr and Mrs Marwick were made the recipients of a barometer and an umbrella as a small token of the esteem in which they were held by their Rousay friends. Mr Gibson, in making the presentation, referred to the great popularity of Mr and Mrs Marwick in Rousay, and expressed the hope that they would soon have as many sincere friends in their new home as they leave behind them in their old one. Mr Marwick, on behalf of his wife and himself, feelingly replied. Afterwards a number of songs, and speeches were contributed by various members of the company, and altogether a pleasant evening was spent. Before the company broke up a hearty vote of thanks was given to Mr and Mrs Gibson for the efficient manner in which they had discharged their respective duties. The meeting was brought to a close about 11.30 by the company joining hands and sang Auld Lang Syne.

[William Marwick (1862-1940), Corse, was a gardener for Thomas Middlemore and his wife Theodosia at Westness House, the Middlemores moving from Rousay to the Melsetter estate in 1898. William Marwick married Annie Taylor, Holm, in 1894. They had a son, George William Marwick, who was born in Rousay on December 1st 1896, and a daughter Edith Annie, who was born in Walls, Hoy, in 1900. In 1928 she married Hugh Seatter, Melsetter]

A LOG of yellow pine, some 27 feet long, was salved at the north side of Rousay, near Icegoe, last week and reported to the Receiver of Wreck at Kirkwall. The log was in very bad condition, having been a long time in the water and of little value to the salvers, who had no small amount of labour in bringing their find above high water mark.

[Icy Geo is a small inlet lying between The Quern of Grithen and Fessbur, Sacquoy Head]

1899 March 1 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – ENTERTAINMENT. – The scholars of Frotoft Public School gave their annual entertainment with great success on Friday evening. The Rev. A. I. Pirie presided, and the schoolroom was filled with an appreciative audience. The children performed their drill and exercises with the utmost precision and vigour, and their singing was sweet and tuneful. The dialogues were rendered in a natural and self-possessed manner, and the whole appearance of the scholars reflected the utmost credit on their teacher, Mrs Hadden. Miss Pirie and Miss Hadden rendered the various accompaniments on the piano in an efficient manner. A few friends contributed songs which were deservedly encored. The entertainment concluded with tea and votes of thanks to all who had helped to make the meeting such a success. The young folks afterwards held an assembly in the schoolroom. The following is the programme: –

“American song,” The scholars; bar-bell exercises, junior pupils (girls); song, “Don’t whip little Ben,” Lizzie Craigie; dialogue, “Ignorance to bliss,” Misses Craigie, Hadden, Inkster, Reid, and Masters Hugh Inkster and W. Shearer; song “Little Sweetheart,” Gertrude B. Hadden; hoop drill, junior pupils (girls); song, “When all the world was young,” Miss Pirie; Farmyard song, “The Rooster,” junior pupils; song, “Bonnie Jeannie Deans,” Anna L. Craigie; song, “Bay of Biscay,” The scholars; trio, “Ye Banks and Braes,” Misses Craigie, Inkster, and Reid; dumb-bell exercises, senior pupils (boys); song, “How the merry wind blows,” The scholars; dialogue, “Truthfulness,” Misses Craigie, Hadden, L. Craigie, Inkster, Robertson, Reid, and Master Hugh Inkster; song, “The reaper and flowers,” Anna G. Reid; piano duet, “The Huntsman’s Chorus,” Misses Hadden and Reid; song, “The Flying Dutchman,” Capt. [John] Craigie; encore, “Hooligan’s Mule”; bar-bell exercises, senior pupils (girls); song, “How we love these hours of singing,” The scholars; finale, “God Save the Queen,” scholars and audience.

MR JOHN PEACE, headmaster, Wasbister Public School, has received an appointment under the School Board of Ardrossan, Ayrshire, and will enter on his duties about the end of March.

PLOUGHING MATCH. – On Thursday last a ploughing match was held on Trumland Farm on a field kindly lent by Mr [Hamilton H.] Horne. The day being fine, many spectators were on the ground. Eighteen ploughs turned up. Messrs R. Grieve, G. Garson, and J. Mainland, Egilshay, were the judges, and their decisions gave general satisfaction. After the match the Committee and judges sat down to a sumptuous dinner purveyed by Mrs Sutherland, who deserved the thanks of the Committee for her kindness. Mr J. Gibson, Langskaill, kindly visited the field, enabling the granting of a medal. The Committee desire to return thanks to the donors of the many handsome prizes which they received. Annexed is the prize list: –

Ploughing. – 1, G. Marwick, Essaquoy; 2, J. W. Grieve, Ervadale; 3, R. Graham, Nears; 4, J. Harrold, Bigland; 5, Wm. Sabiston, Westness; 6, J. Inkster, Westness; 7, J. Mowat, Avelshay; 8, —– Kemp, Westness; 9, Wm. Scott, Hurtiso; youngest ploughman, G. Munro, Innister; best finish, J. Mowat; best feering, G. Marwick.
Harness. – 1, —– Kemp; 2, R. Graham; 3, G. Munro; 4, J. Mowat; 5, J. Inkster.
Grooming. – 1, T. Sinclair, Scockness; 2, J. Mowat; 3, R. Marwick, Woo; 4, Wm. Craigie, Trumland; 5, R. Graham.
A number of special prizes were also awarded.

1899 March 8 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – PRESENTATION. – At a meeting of the Free Church Guild, held in the church last Wednesday evening, Mr James W. Grieve, Whitehall, who has filled the position of precentor for the past two sessions with marked ability, was presented by the members of the Guild with a beautiful Bible and hymn book, suitably inscribed, in grateful appreciation of his services. The Rev. John McLeman, president of the Guild, made the presentation in a few well-chosen remarks. Mr Grieve replied, thanking the members for the beautiful and handsome present and for the kindly spirit which prompted the gift, and assuring them that henceforward, as in the past, he would do everything in his power to forward the musical interests of the Guild.

1899 March 22 The Scotsman


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3 to 4 hours without recharging.

Dr A. RAMAGE writes:- “Rousay, Orkney, 4th December 1897.
I am charmed with the ‘Instra.’ Yesterday I was out for three or four hours with it. I had no overcoat on, and just the clothes I wore during summer,
yet although the day was bitterly cold, with a keen north-easterly
wind and sleety showers, I felt quite comfortable.”

Agents amongst principal Chemists and Ironmongers throughout
the Kingdom. Further particulars on application.

[The ‘Instra’ was a charcoal-burning hand warmer comprising a decorative metal cylinder with perforations, patented by the Earl of Dundonald in 1896.]

1899 April 5 Orkney Herald

THE WEATHER OF MARCH. – The following is from the meteorological observations taken at Deerness during the month of March: – The weather of March was generally wild, although often muggy and wet, till the 19th, when a snow storm broke out, which was very severe and caused heavy drifting for three days. The snow disappeared on the 27th. The temperature was 11 deg. below the mean, and the coldest March since 1892. The night of the 22nd was the coldest for March since 1892 and the coldest night for any month since January 1897, which was 22 degrees [minus 5.5 Celsius]. Pressure was above the mean. Sunshine exceeded the mean by 22 hours. The rainfall was slightly less than last year, but .66 of an inch above the mean.

ROUSAY – FREE CHURCH GUILD. – The Free Church Guild brought its session to a close on Wednesday last by a public soiree. There was a good attendance of the young as well as a sprinkling of elder people. The president of the Guild, Rev. J. McLeman, presided, and was supported on the platform by the Revs. A. I. Pirie, Rousay, and J. Hendrie, Egilshay, also Messrs John Inkster and Alex. Grieve, vice-presidents. A long programme had been arranged and was carried through successfully. Tea was served about the middle of the meeting, making a delightful break and an enjoyable interval. The speeches of the ministers were in good taste and highly appreciated. Mr Pirie gave quite a scientific and learned explanation of “The Ear. Its construction and uses,” with the good advice to “take heed how we hear.” Mr Hendrie spoke on “The cultivation of the mental, moral, and spiritual faculties with a view to the formation of Character.” The outstanding feature of the entertainment, however, was the part taken by so many of the Guild members. After the president had addressed the meeting on the work of the Guild and its results, in the training of the members, the two vice-presidents gave short speeches. The Guild-precentor, Mr William Grieve, contributed a clever and attractive paper on “Woman, her degradation, emancipation and progress.” The treasurer, Miss Maggie Gibson, with fine feeling, recited a pathetic little piece, entitled “Papa’s Letter.” The choir, though weakened by some members being unavoidably absent and others unwell, rendered several beautiful and chaste pieces very sweetly. It was conducted by Mr Wm. Grieve, the congregational precentor, who also gave much assistance by his solo-singing. It is almost invidious to particularize where all was so good, yet one solo with the chorus, “Jesus Lover of my Soul,” was captivating. The committee had worked hard, and at the close were congratulated on the great success of the gathering. Fitting reference having been made to the others who had assisted in making the evening so enjoyable, after a service of fruit, the meeting was concluded by all singing the beautiful hymn, “God be with you till we meet again.” The Rev. Mr Pirie pronounced the benediction.

1899 April 12 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – SERVICE OF PRAISE. – The Bible Class conducted so successfully by Mr Pirie during the winter months was brought to a close last Sunday evening by a service of praise. This Bible Class was started by Mr Pirie a few years ago, and is perhaps one of the most successful and best attended in the islands. No minister could be more interested in the work and welfare of his class than Mr Pirie. Over and above his class subject he takes up a special subject every year, this year’s one being the “Missions of China.” The plain and interesting manner in which he explained and illustrated the workings of the missions could not fail to be appreciated by his class. The singing of the class is conducted by Mr D. B. Mackay, who holds first-class certificates, Sol-fa College, London. The choir under his leadership rendered a few select hymns, choruses, and solos in a highly finished and efficient manner. It is a great boon to Rousay that they have such a person who, at all times, is most enthusiastic in promoting musical talent among the young folks. Annexed is the programme: –

Hymn, “From Greenland’s Icy Mountains,” choir; part-song, “Jesus, Saviour. Pilot Me,” choir; solo and chorus, “Lay it Down,” Mr D. B. Mackay; part-song, “What a Friend we have in Jesus,” choir; song and chorus, “On Jordan’s Stormy Banks,” Miss Logie; solo and chorus, “Throw out the Life-line,” Mr J. Pirie; duet, “Good-will to Men,” Miss Craigie and Mr Johnstone; solo and quartette, “Saved by Grace,” Miss Pirie; part-song, “Oh, What a Saviour,” choir; solo and chorus, “Welcome to Glory,” Miss Craigie; solo, “Shall you, Shall I,” Miss Reid; duet, “’Twill not be long,” Misses Hadden and Craigie; part-song, “We’ll Work,” choir; “The Christian’s Good Night.”

FREE CHURCH GUILD SOIREE. – We regret in reporting the above last week to have fallen into some errors. We should have printed as follows: – The guild precentor, Mr James W. Grieve, read a humorous story which was well received. The secretary, Mr Wm. Grieve, contributed a clever and attractive paper.

1899 May 3 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – MARRIAGE CEREMONY. – The good folks of Rousay were on the qui vive on Wednesday last o’er the marriage of Miss [Ella Dewes] Pirie, the only daughter of the respected pastor of the U.P. Church, to Alexander Bruce Giles, M.D., Edinburgh. The ceremony took place in the church, which was beautifully decorated for the occasion with evergreens, primroses, and lovely pot plants. The father of the bride officiated, and was assisted by the Rev. John Hendrie, Egilshay, formerly of Rajputana, India. Mr Hadden presided at the organ, and, during the gathering of the spectators, entertained them with selections from Spohr’s oratorio. On the arrival of the bridegroom, his groomsman, Dr Stritch, and the marriage party, a merry air in G. from Beethoven rang out from the organ. The service proper began with the singing of the hymn commencing “The voice that breathed o’er Eden.” Whilst it was being sung the bride entered the church leaning on the arm of her brother, Dr Pirie, Banff, accompanied by her maid, Miss M. J. Gibson, Hullion House, and took her place in front of the communion table, beside the bridegroom. The service was brought to a close with the singing of the hymn “O perfect love, all human thought transcending,” prayer and benediction. The bride was dressed in white silk, with tulle veil and orange blossom, and carried, as also did her maid, beautiful bouquets of white flowers and sprays. She also wore the gold half-hunter watch and chain, and her maid the gold curb chain bracelet, gifts of the bridegroom. At the termination of the interesting ceremony an uncommon but very pleasing incident occurred. Mr John Gibson, session clerk, came forward and in a few well chosen words, on behalf of the congregation, expressed good wishes for the future of the happy couple, and presented the bride with lovely silver fish and fruit services in mahogany cases bearing the following inscription: – “Presented to Miss Pirie by the U.P. Congregation of Rousay on the occasion of her marriage as a token of their esteem.” Mr Pirie, in a few fitting words, returned the thanks of the bride for this valuable present, and expressed the family ‘s gratitude for the many kindnesses manifested by the congregation. Whilst the bridal party was leaving the church the “Benedictus” in B. flat (Gounod) was played on the organ. The guests then adjourned to the manse, where Mr and Mrs Pirie entertained them to luncheon. A very pleasant and enjoyable time was spent till the departure of the happy couple en route to the Perthshire lakes, where they are to spend their honeymoon before settling clown in “Auld Reekie,” at “their ain fireside.” The bride’s travelling dress was a green cloth costume and a white sailor hat. Plenty of rice and old shoes were in evidence as Dr and Mrs Giles left the manse. The bride was the happy recipient of many beautiful and useful presents from far and near. These were laid out in the study, where all interested had an opportunity of seeing them.

1899 May 17 Orkney Herald

TRAWLER STRANDED ON THE ISLAND OF GAIRSAY. – The German steam trawler Mond, of Bremerhaven, 31 tons register, from Iceland fishing-grounds to Geestemunde with about 30 tons fresh fish on board, was stranded on the north-west side of the island of Gairsay shortly before midnight on Sunday night. The weather was very thick, and the vessel was going about half-speed at the time she struck, and steering a course that was expected to take them between Orkney and Shetland. No land was seen since leaving Iceland till the crew found themselves ashore, and how the vessel found her way through Eynhallow Sound is a mystery. The trawler is a comparatively new vessel, built of steel, and is reported not to be making water. The Orcadia left Kirkwall on Tuesday forenoon to attempt to tow the vessel off but failed to do so.

1899 July 12 Orkney Herald

KIRKWALL ANNUAL HOLIDAY. – The s.s. Fawn will leave Kirkwall for Rousay and Egilshay on Friday, 21st July, at 9.30 a.m.; returning from Egilshay at 6.30 p.m. and Rousay at 7 p.m. Fares – Cabin, 2s; Deck, 1s 6d.

The Annual Regatta of the Rousay Sailing Club will be held on the above date.

1899 July 26 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – REGATTA. – The annual regatta of the Rousay Boat Club took place in Veira Sound last Friday, and was witnessed by a large number of visitors from Kirkwall as well as from Rousay and neighbouring islands. There was a good number of entries for most of the races. Mr J. Tinch’s Thora won the cup in the race for boats of 35 feet waterline and under (open to members only), as well as the first prize in the all-comers race. Mr W. Roberts won the cup in the race for boats of 22 feet waterline and under. There was also a race for boats of 16 feet waterline and several rowing races, all of which were keenly contested.

1899 July 29 The Scotsman


To be LET for such number of years as may be agreed upon,
with entry at Martinmas next.
in the ISLAND of ROUSAY, as presently occupied by
Mr Hugh Inkster, who will not renew his Tenancy.
The extent of the Farm is 2904 Acres or thereby, whereof about 281 Acres are first-class Arable Land – the remainder being excellent Pasture. The Stock carried may be stated at 55 score of Ewes (Cheviot) and 60 head of Cattle.
The Farmhouse and BuiIdings are in good order, and situated about 4 miles by a good road from the Rousay Pier, whence a local steamer plies to Kirkwall two or three times a week . There is a daily mail service and a Telegraph Office.
Mr A. MUNRO, Overseer, Sourin, Rousay, will show the Farm on receiving a week’s notice, and Conditions of Lease may be seen with him or in the hands of the Subscribers, by whom offers will be received up to 26th August 1899.
MACKENZIE & KERMACK, W.S. 9 Hill Street, Edinburgh.

1899 August 2 Orkney Herald

GALES. – Since Monday last week the weather in Orkney has been stormy, the wind blowing with great force on Wednesday morning and on Saturday. During the gale on Wednesday morning the boat Jessie Anderson, belonging to Eday, with ten tons of coal on board, was totally wrecked near Laminess, Sanday. Some fishing boats at various places have sustained damage. The prevailing wind has been from the west and north-west.

1899 August 9 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – PICNIC. – The Wasbister School and district picnic was held at Innister on Friday, 4th August, under most favourable auspices. The children assembled at the school and marched to the hills with flags and banners flying. On arriving at the grounds lunch was served, milk being abundantly and gratuitously given by the farmers of the district. Games were then heartily engaged in during the afternoon, and prizes were keenly contested for. On the termination of the games, tea and an abundant supply of good things were served to the company. The prizes were then distributed by Mrs [Mary] Learmonth of Innister, and on the motion of the Rev. A. Irvine Pirie, three cheers were given for Mrs and Miss [Annie] Learmonth’s kindness in preparing tea, Mr [William] Learmonth for the freedom of his grounds, and also the committee for the excellent way in which the arrangements were carried out. Much thanks are due to those who subscribed so generously and defrayed all the cost of the day’s outing.

1899 August 12 Shetland Times

Orkney and Zetland Association.

“The Share of Orkney and Zetland in the development of the Colonies.”

First – “Ad Valorem” – James P. S. Jamieson, Cruisdale, Sandness;
Second – “A Viking” – Hugh Marwick, Rousay.

Of these essays, Dr Gunn says: –  I have read the two essays sent in with much interest and pleasure. They are evidently the work of writers who are proud of their native isles, and they are well fitted to stir a similar feeling in the reader. Each is written from a point of view somewhat different from the other, and the essays are thus complementary: had the two been combined, it would be hard to suggest a better and fuller treatment of the subject. Of the two, that by “Ad Valorem” is the more comprehensive in out-look and more fluent in style, but the work of “A Viking” is also very good and gives evidence of careful collation of facts.

Mr Garson writes: – I return the two essays which you left with me They seem to me to be highly creditable productions. I have read them twice, and have come to the conclusion that the one signed “Ad Valorem” is the better of the two. That conclusion was not reached without hesitation, as in some respects “A Viking” excels. His essay shows more evidence of reading, but less power of generalising. I am struck by the command of language both writers exhibit. That is not a common gift of island youths, A great power of silence is a more common characteristic. I am amused by the radical leanings of “A Viking.” He manages to have a fling at landlords and peers, but with his powers he may adorn both spheres before he goes to the Valhalla of his race.

1899 August 16 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – CATTLE SHOW. – The first cattle show of the reinstated Rousay and Veira Agricultural Society was held on a field kindly lent by Mr [Robbie] Seatter, Banks, Sourin, on Tuesday the 8th inst. The day being fine, a great number of people turned out to view the horses and cattle, and a good many bargains were made, both horse and cattle changing hands at good prices. Among the visitors we noticed Mr and Mrs Shearer, Mrs Leslie, Capt. Robertson, Mr and Mrs R. Gibson. Mr W. B. Firth, Mrs Seatter, Mr Gibson, Mr Learmonth, &c. Mr Walls, Gutterpool, Holm, and Mr Scott, Shapinsay, were the judges, and their decisions gave perfect satisfaction, and the thanks of the society are due to them, and also to Mrs Munro for her kindness in superintending the dinner arrangements. The following is the prize list: –

Bulls – J. Gibson, Langskaill. Cows in Calf – 1 and 2, Mrs Seatter, Saviskaill; 3, G. Gibson, Avelshay. Two-year-old Heifers – 1 and 3, J. Gibson; 2, Mrs Seatter. One-year-old Heifers – 1 and 3, Mrs Seatter; 2, J. Russell, Brendale. One-year-old Steers – 1 and 2, G. Stevenson, Scockness; 3, Wm. Learmonth. Entire Horse – 1, G. Stevenson; 2, B. Moodie. Draught Gelding – 1, J. Gibson, Faraclett; 2, J. Harrold; 3, G. Stevenson. Mares with foal at foot – 1 and 2, Wm. Gibson, Curquoy. Draught Mares – 1, J. Gibson, Faraclett; 2, A. Gibson; 3, W. Learmonth. Two-year-old Fillies – 1, J. Craigie, Feolquoy; 2, Wm. Gibson; 3, G. Gibson. One-year-old Fillies – 1, J. Gibson, Faraclett; 2, W. Marwick; 3, W. Learmonth. Two-year-old Gelding – R. Seatter, Banks. One-year-old Gelding – 1, J. Gibson, Faraclett; 2 Allan Gibson; 3, G. Gibson. Ponies – 1, J. Gibson, Langskaill; 2, Mrs Seatter. Best Horse on field (Mr J. Harrold’s prize) – J. Gibson, Faraclett. Cock and Hen, – 1, Mrs Seatter; 2, Mrs Spark. Chickens – 1, Mrs Spark; 2, Mrs Seatter.

SILVER WEDDING CONGRATULATIONS. – A deputation from the U.P. congregation waited upon their minister, the Rev. Alexander Irvine Pirie, and Mrs [Elsie] Pirie on Monday and presented them with a framed address, along with the signatures of the congregation, offering their congratulations and good wishes on the occasion of their silver wedding, and expressing their affectionate sympathy and appreciation of Mr Pirie’s faithful ministry among them. Mr Pirie, on behalf of himself and Mrs Pirie, thanked the deputation for their kind thoughtfulness, and asked them to convey to the congregation and friends their thanks and appreciation of it.

1899 August 23 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – WASBISTER PUBLIC SCHOOL. – Mrs Burroughs and Mrs Dunbar, India, visited this school on Wednesday, 9th inst., and Mrs Burroughs presented the prizes gained by the successful competitors at the Bible Knowledge Examination: – Standard I., Anna May Cooper [Langskaill]; Standard II., David Marwick [Hammerfield]; Standard III., Lydia Inkster [Furse]; Standard IV., William Inkster [Furse]; Standard V., John Craigie [Ploverha’]; Standard VI., John Kirkness [Quoyostray]; Standard ex-VI., Sarah Craigie [Falquoy]. On the same occasion Mrs Burroughs presented the prizes annually given by her for industrial work and good conduct, as follows: – Sewing, Mary Craigie [Blackhammer]; knitting, Jemima Craigie [Blackhammer]; good conduct, James M. Craigie [Ploverha’]; After giving out the various prizes Mrs Burroughs gave her usual treat, consisting of a liberal supply of sweets, &c., to all the scholars present.

1899 August 30 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – SOURIN PUBLIC SCHOOL. – The annual distribution of prizes for proficiency in Bible Knowledge took place on the 11th inst. Mrs Burroughs, who presented the prizes, again gave a prize to the best sewer and knitter among the girls, and one for the “best” boy. The following were the prize-winners: –

Sewing – Jessie Corsie [Faro]. Knitting – Agnes Corsie [Knarston]. Good conduct – John Pirie [U.P. Manse]. For Bible Knowledge – Std. I., John McLeman [F.C. Manse]; Std. II., Edith Spark [E.C. Manse]; Std. III., Isabella Craigie [Triblo]; Std. IV., Mary Leonard [Cruannie]; Std. V., Graham Spark [E.C. Manse], Benjamin Moodie [Ervadale]; Std. VI., Robert Craigie [Digro]; Std ex-VI., Fred Scott [Hurtiso].

1899 September 6 Orkney Herald


SOURIN PUBLIC SCHOOL. – There is as usual a good deal of herding in this district and the work of the school suffers in consequence. The teaching however is well directed and effective, and it is not the fault of the teacher that the school does not rise to a higher level of efficiency. The written work is of distinctly good quality. There is still some reason to complain that in the oral lessons the children do not speak out with sufficient distinctness. A promising start has been made with the teaching of Latin and mathematics. Singing and drill are particularly good, and needlework is as usual excellent. Tone and discipline are very commendable. Average attendance 41. Grants earned (inclusive of £10 under article 19 D) £59 18s 6d.

WASBISTER PUBLIC SCHOOL. – Under the new teacher [Miss Jessie Marwick] the school is making satisfactory progress. The written work is all of good quality. In the oral subjects the children would appear to greater advantage if they were trained to speak out more clearly and distinctly. Reading and repetition are fluent and accurate, but monotonous and devoid of expression. Grammar has improved. Needlework is satisfactory. Tone and discipline are very good. Average attendance, 31. Grants earned (inclusive of £15 under Article 19 D) £51 13s 6d.

FROTOFT PUBLIC SCHOOL. – A recent change of teacher has somewhat affected the efficiency of the school, but the present teacher [Jane Sinclair] is working faithfully and well, and the falling off is, it may be hoped, only temporary. Care should be taken to see that, in their reading and oral answering, the children speak out clearly and distinctly. Needlework is excellent. Two girls presented for the merit certificate passed with credit. Merit certificates are enclosed for A. Craigie and A. Reid. Average attendance, 20. Grants earned (inclusive of £15 under Art. 19 D), £41 2s.

1899 September 27 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – GOLF CLUB. – After a very successful season, the competitions for the cup and medals of the Rousay Golf Club have finished and the following are the winners: – Middlemore Cup, Mr M. Kirkness; Ramage gold medal, Mr A. Munro; Gibson medal, Messrs A. Munro and R. G. Gordon, (equal); Harrold handicap medal, Mr A. Munro; Shearer gold medal, Mr M. Kirkness; The Club take this opportunity of thanking Mr T. Middlemore of Hoy; Mr Jas. Gibson, Hullion; Mr John Shearer, Leith; and Mr J. M. Harrold for their handsome prizes.

1899 October 4 Orkney Herald

A SEVERE thunderstorm passed over Orkney on Friday morning. The lightning was very vivid and the peals loud, and heavy showers of rain and hail fell, doing some damage to the crops. After the storm passed rain continued to fall almost without intermission throughout the day.


TO CLEANSE THE SYSTEM effectually yet gently when costive or bilious, or when the blood is impure or sluggish, to permanently cure habitual constipation, to awaken the kidneys and liver to a healthy activity without irritating or weakening them, to dispel headaches, colds, or fevers, use California Syrup of Figs manufactured by the California Fig Syrup Co., bearing their name and trade mark. Others are imitations.
Of chemists everywhere, 1s 1½d and 1s 9d. Full stock kept by D. M. Wright,
Chemist, 57 Albert Street, Kirkwall, Wholesale and Retail.


OLD FALSE TEETH BOUGHT. – Many ladies and gentlemen have by them old or disused false teeth, which might as well be turned into money. Messrs R. D. & J. B. Fraser, of Princes Street, Ipswich, (established since 1833), buy old false teeth. If you send your teeth to them they will remit you by return of post the utmost value; or, if preferred, they will make you the best offer,
and hold the teeth over for your reply.
If reference necessary, apply to
Messrs Bacon & Co., Bankers, Ipswich.

1899 November 1 Orkney Herald

Letters to the Editor


SIR, – As local Secretary to the “Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Families Association,” I have been asked to intimate that special donations (as well as the yearly subscriptions) are now being received for this Association, and that friends of our soldiers and sailors in Orkney who wish to contribute, can do so by sending sums, however small, either to me at Trumland House, Rousay, or to Mrs Bailey, 18 Dundas Crescent, Kirkwall.

I think every woman’s heart must just now be full of admiration and gratitude to the brave defenders of our country at present serving in South Africa. Outnumbered and surrounded as they are, they stick to their posts as true Britons should, for no gain to themselves, but simply because it is their duty, and to defend us at home and our just rights as British subjects abroad. If we who are in comfort and security at home can do anything to relieve the anxiety of these brave men by providing for the necessities of those they love, in their absence, or in case of their death, surely it is our privilege to be allowed to offer our mite, however small, to such a cause.

So I am fully expecting that every Orkney woman who reads these lines will send me even a few pence to swell our list, and to let the soldiers and sailors see that we at home are not forgetting them and theirs. – I am. yours sincerely, LIZZIE D. BURROUGHS. Rousay, 27th October 1899.

[The Second Boer War (11 October 1899 – 31 May 1902) was fought between the British Empire and two Boer states, the South African Republic (Republic of Transvaal) and the Orange Free State, over the Empire’s influence in South Africa. Initial Boer attacks were successful, and although British reinforcements later reversed these, the war continued for years with Boer guerrilla warfare, until harsh British counter-measures brought the Boers to terms.]

1899 November 8 Orkney Herald

FATAL CLIFF ACCIDENT. – On Sunday afternoon a fatal accident occurred at Quoynalonga Head, on the west side of Rousay. About one o’clock two boys, Hugh, aged 15 or 16, and a younger brother [John], sons of Mr Samuel Craigie, Breckan, Wasbister, were walking along the top of the cliffs. There was a strong wind at the time and a heavy gust appears to have struck them when they were near the edge of the rocks. The younger boy’s cap was nearly blown away, and in trying to catch it he fell. As he recovered himself, he saw Hugh clutching at a stone on the brink, which gave way with him, and he fell into the sea beneath, a distance of about 200 feet. The younger brother crawled to the edge, and, looking over, saw his brother’s body drifting out with the surf. He hurried home, and informed his father of what had happened, and the two returned to the head, but nothing was then to be seen of the unfortunate boy. There was a heavy sea at the time, and no boat could have gone to the place to try to recover the body.

1899 November 15 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – HARVEST THANKSGIVING. – Wednesday last was observed as harvest thanksgiving in the three churches here. At the close of the services in the U.P. Church the Rev. Alex. I. Pirie made reference to the fund which was being raised throughout the country, viz., the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Family Association Fund, and said that arrangements had been made to give the members and friends in their districts an opportunity of contributing to that fund. During the evening the sum of £7 0s 5d was raised in Rousay and Veira, but owing to the stormy weather the Egilshay part of the congregation has not been able to forward their contributions. The money has been handed over to Mrs Traill Burroughs, Trumland House, who is honorary secretary for Orkney.

ORKNEY SUBSCRIPTIONS. – The following subscriptions have been received by Mrs Burroughs, Rousay, for the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Families Association, the Rousay and Veira subscriptions being contributed by the U.P. congregation: –

ROUSAY ISLAND – Mr and Mrs and J. Pirie, U.P. Manse, 10s 6d; Mrs Jamieson, do., 2s 6d; Mary Marwick, do., 3d; Mr and Mrs George Gibson, Avelshay, 4s; James and John Gibson, do., 6d; Mary Logie, do., 1s; Mr and Mrs John Mainland, Cubbieroo, 2s 6d; Mrs Johnston and Maggie Johnston, Trumland, 1s 6d; Chas. and Mrs C. B. Logie, do., 5s; Mr and Mrs John Harrold, 4s; Jemima Johnston, do., 1s; Mr and Mrs Sutherland. do., 2s; Betsy and Jane Robertson, 2s; William Craigie, 1s; John and Mrs Logie, Rose Cottage, 4s; Lizzie Logie, do., 1s; Miss R. Horne, Trumland, 2s 6d; Lizzie Muir, 2s; Wm. and Mrs Logie, Trumland, 2s 6d; John and Mrs Cutt, do., 2s 6d; John and Mrs Logie, do., 5s; Bella Mainland, do., 2s 6d; Minnie Munro, do., 1s; Malcolm Corsie, 2s; Children at Viera Lodge, 5s; Mr and Mrs D. Gibson of Hullion, 4s; James S. Gibson, do., 2s; Hugh Sinclair of Newhouse, 2s 6d; John I. Craigie, Hullion, 2s; Capt. And Mrs Craigie, s.s. Fawn, 2s; John Logie, Corse, 2s; Miss Sinclair, teacher, 1s; Lizzie and George Reid, No. 8 Frotoft, 2s; James Johnston, 1s; Bella Johnston, No. 1 Frotoft, 6d; Mrs Alex. Corsie, do., 6d; Mr and Mrs David Johnstone, No. 2 Frotoft, 2s; Mr and Mrs Shearer, No 4 Frotoft, 1s; George and John Mainland, No. 6 Frotoft, 1s 6d: Donald Mackay, 1s; Wm. Logie, No. 7 Frotoft, 1s; Janet Marwick, 6d; Mrs James Harrold, Midhouse, 6d; Mrs John Mainland, Mount Pleasant, 6d; Mr and Mrs Magnus Kirkness, Wasbister, 2s; Bella and Mary Kirkness, do., 1s; Mr Robert Pearson, do., 1s; Mr Allan C. Gibson, Sourin, 1s; Mr George Stevenson, do., 1s; Mr J. Gibson, do., 1s; Mr J. Scott, do. 1s; Mr Hugh Marwick, do. 2s 6d; Hugh Marwick, do., 2s 6d; Miss J. Marwick, do., 1s; Mr and Mrs W. Inkster, Wasbister, 3s; Mrs D. Inkster, Quoys, 1s; Mr and Mrs Sinclair, Vacquoy, 2s; Mr and Mrs John Gibson, Langskaill, 2s; Mr and Mrs Hugh Sinclair, Stennisgorn, 2s; Mr and Mrs Robt. Sinclair, do., 2s; Mr and Mrs Learmonth, Innister, 4s; Miss Bella Johnstone, 1s; total, £7 5s.

VIERA ISLAND – Geo. and Hugh Harrold, 3s; Jas. Mainland, 6d; Magnus Flaws, 1s; Alex. Miller, 1s; Jemima Sinclair, 1s; Wm. Rendall, 1s; Jas. Cursiter, 1s; Janet Esson, 1s; John Mainland, 2d; Barbara Norquoy, teacher, 1s; Jane Rendall, 6d; John Johnstone, 1s; James Johnstone, 1s; George Cooper, 1s.

Received by Mrs Burroughs, hon. Secretary, Orkney Branch – Mr and Mrs Watt of Skaill, £1 1s; do. (subscription annual) 2s 6d; Mrs Balfour of Trenabie (subscription annual) 5s; Mrs Watt Cursiter, 5s; General Burroughs, £1; Mrs Burroughs (subscription annual) 5s.

1899 December 6 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY. – The Rev John McLeman, Free Church, handed Mrs Traill Burroughs a cheque for £6, being a contribution from members of his congregation who had not already contributed to the funds of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Family Association. This makes the total for the parish of Rousay, Veira, and Egilshay £21 2s 11d.

The following additional contributions have been received by Mrs Burroughs. hon. secretary of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Families Association, Orkney branch: – Rousay – Rev. J. McLeman, 10s 6d; Mrs McLeman, 10s 6d; James and B. McLeman, 3s; Miss Gibson, Curquoy, 1s; Margaret Marwick, 1s; James Reid, Wasdale, 2s; Mrs Reid, do., 1s; George and Lydia Reid, do., 1s; Miss Reid. do., 1s; Robert Craigie, Knapper, 1s; James Leonard, Cruannie, 1s; John Leonard, do., 1s; Archibald Leonard, do., 6d; Wm. Leonard, do., 6d; Mrs Gibson, Craya, 1s; Miss Gibson, do., 1s; Ann Gibson, 6d; Robert Marwick, Woo, 2s; Mary Ann Marwick, do., 1s; Margaret Marwick, do., 1s: Jessie Marwick, do., 1s; Wm. Marwick, do., 1s; Malcolm Grieve, Finio, 1s; J. W. Grieve, Whitehall, 6d; John Craigie, Triblo, 1s; Duncan MacLean, Breval, 1s; Malcolm and Mrs Corsie, Faro, 1s 6d; John Inkster, Swartifield, 1s; Wm. Grieve, Falldown, 1s; Hugh Craigie, Swandale, 1s 6d; Annie Cumming, 3d; Wm. and Betsy Harrold, Blossom, 1s; David Marwick, Essaquoy, 1s; Mr and Mrs Gibson, Faraclett, 2s; Craigie Marwick, Breck, 1s; Mrs Grieve, Lower Mill, 1s; Alex. Grieve, do., 1s; William Grieve, do., 2s; James Craigie, Braes, 1s; Miss Robina Marwick, Eastaquoy, 1s; Betsy Cooper, 6d; Mr and Miss Carroll, School House, 3s; Mary Cooper, Hillside, 6d; Mrs Mainland, Gorehouse 1s; James Mainland, do., 1s; Mrs Alex. Costie, Kingerly, 1s; Wm. Costie, do., 1s; John and Mrs Craigie, Outerdykes, 1s 9d; Mr and Mrs J. Inkster, Quoys, 2s; Mr and Mrs Robert Seatter, Banks, 5s; Mr and Mrs Craigie, Cruar, 2s; Mrs and Mrs John Gibson, Knarston, 2s; Mr and Mrs Craigie, The Glebe, 2s; Miss Inkster, Westness Farm, 2s; James Inkster, Scar Farm, 1s; Samuel Inkster, do., 1s; Mr and Mrs Gillespie, do., 1s; Robert Inkster, do., 1s; Mary Gillespie, do., 6d ; Miss Learmonth, Innister, 2s; Mrs Borwick, Moan, 1s; Mrs Flaws, Hammerfield, 1s; David Marwick, Too, 1s; Mrs S. Craigie, Brecon, 6d; Mr and Mrs Craigie, Deithe, 1s; Mr and Mrs Pearson, Kirkgate, 1s; Mrs Mowatt, The Manse, 6d; Mr and Mrs Marwick, Grain, 1s; Mrs Craigie, Blackhammer, 6d; A Friend, 2s; Mr and Mrs Craigie, Turbitail, 2s; Miss Craigie, do., 1s; Mr and Mrs Clouston, Maybank, 1s; Mr and Mrs Alexander, Cairn, 1s; Mrs Mowat, Garret, 1s; Miss Mowat, do., 2s; Mrs Inkster, Barebraes, 1s; Mr and Mrs Craigie, Burness, 2s; John Logie, Trumland, annual subscription, 2s 6d; Mrs Traill Burroughs, Hon. Secretary Orkney Branch, £1 – total to date, £23 14s 5d.

1899 December 27 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – In the United Presbyterian Church, on Sabbath last, the Rev. A. Irvine Pirie, preaching from the text – “Having a desire to depart and to be with Christ, which is far better,” Phil. i. 23, made the following reference to the death of Mr John Gibson of Langskaill: – We meet to-day under the shadow of a great bereavement. We have had a number of heavy losses by death during the year, but the death of Mr Gibson, our session-clerk, is our heaviest. Mr Gibson was a prominent and useful helper in every good work. He was possessed of strong gifts of mind and sterling qualities of heart. Whilst his mind was well-informed yet he manifested remarkable independence and originality of thought. His character and conduct were always singularly straightforward and upright, whilst his kindness and sympathy towards those in suffering and trouble were known to all. Mr Gibson, although he had large interests in connection with his own farm claiming his attention, yet freely gave his services to the parish. During his busy life he has served the community in a variety of ways. On the School Board, the Parochial Board, the Parish Council, the Road Trust and Agricultural Committees, &c., he has ungrudgingly and zealously served his generation. Whilst the community will miss his public-spirited labours and his wise counsel, yet the loss we have sustained as a congregation will be even greater. For well-nigh forty years he has been an elder amongst us, and for nearly thirty years he has been our session-clerk. Strongly attached to the principles of our church, loving the gospel with his whole heart, and “able always to give a reason for the hope that was in him,” he was a most faithful and willing helper in all our work. He did not even allow the great physical suffering which he endured for years to keep him from taking his share in public and church work. The loss of such a helper is not easily made good. There are young men amongst us who doubtless will take their share of the work, but the unique place occupied by Mr Gibson was the growth of a lifetime, and can only be gradually refilled by another. May the Great Head of the Church comfort the bereaved family, sanctify the loss to us, and raise up others to carry on the work from which Mr Gibson has been removed.

GOLF CLUB – PRESENTATION. – On Friday week a deputation of the Rousay Golf Club waited on Mr Thomas Middlemore of Westness, and on behalf of the members of the club presented him with a handsome illuminated address. Mr J. S. Gibson, Hullion, in making the presentation, referred to the many kindnesses shown by Mr Middlemore to the Golf Club since its institution. He said the members had, in order to show their appreciation of these kindnesses, resolved to present him with an address, and they thought the present occasion an opportune time to present it, viz. his leaving Westness House to take up his abode in another of the isles of Orkney. He asked Mr Middlemore to accept the address, and in name of the club wished Mr and Mrs Middlemore much happiness and pleasure in their new home. Mr Middlemore, in accepting the address, spoke of the many happy days he had spent in Rousay, and stated that a wider field for sport had induced him to purchase an estate in one of the south isles of Orkney, but although he was leaving Rousay he had the interest of the Golf Club at heart. He was happy to accept the address as a token of the goodwill which existed between him and the members of the Golf Club. It may be added that Mr Middlemore has always since its formation taken a very great interest in the Golf Club. The many valuable prizes he has presented for competition have created great interest in the club. The members are all sorry that they are losing so worthy an honorary member as Mr Middlemore.