1911 January 11 Orkney Herald
ROUSAY – ENTERTAINMENT BY SCHOOL CHILDREN. – On Friday night, the 30th ult., a very pleasant entertainment was given in Wasbister School. The night was rather unpleasant, and in consequence a good many were detained at home. Nevertheless the school was almost full, and decorated as it was with evergreens, looked very cosy indeed. The performers were all school children, and they gave a varied programme of song, dialogue, and recitation. It is difficult to say which was most appreciated, for it was all uniformly excellent, and reflected the utmost credit on their teacher, Miss [Mattie] Wards, for the trouble taken in preparation. At the interval tea was served and a beautiful Christmas-tree was lit up. Then it was seen to be loaded with gifts of all sorts, and each child received something. Rev. Mr Pirie acted as chairman in his usual happy way and gave a short speech, as also did Rev. Mr Jamieson. During the evening violin and piano selections were given by Miss Kirkness and Mr Inkster, while a gramophone also discoursed at intervals. Hearty votes of thanks to Miss Wards, the various performers, and the chairman brought a very pleasant evening to a close.
1911 January 18 Orkney Herald
CASE UNDER CHILDREN’S ACT. – In the Sheriff Court at Kirkwall, yesterday (Tuesday), before Sheriff Harvey, John Craigie, farmer, Glebe, Rousay, was charged with a contravention of the Children’s Act. His child, James William Craigie, was recently burned by his clothes taking fire, and he died shortly afterwards, and the charge was that the fire in the kitchen was not sufficiently protected. Mr T. Peace Low, who appeared for the accused, who was not present, tendered a plea of guilty. The Procurator-Fiscal (Mr Begg) said the case was instituted not for a penalty, but in order to bring the section of the Act before the public. The Act was comparatively new, and this section was persistently ignored. He had been in the habit of going a good deal through the country, and he did not think he had observed a fireguard in any room. The section had no right to be ignored any more than the regulations as to coal-mines. If people did not know, that was an opportunity of letting them know that the section did exist, and that if parents and guardians did not take proper precautions, they were liable to be prosecuted. As that was the first case – and he was sure accused had been sufficiently punished already in the sad loss sustained – he did not propose to ask any penalty. His lordship had power to dismiss accused with an admonition. Mr Low said the facts were, shortly, that accused, the father of the child, was at work at the steading. His wife, who had also been at the steading with the child, returned to the house and put the child with the other children, while she went to bring a pail of water. It was only a short distance, and would not take her more than one or two minutes. While she was away one of the children ran down and told the father that the child was on fire. He came and found the child’s clothes in flames. It was not certain how they got on fire. The child was wearing a new flannelette frock. Everything was at once done to extinguish the flames, but the child was so burned that it died. The father had no excuse, except that he did not know the law. That was, it was true, no excuse, but his lordship might take into account the fact that the Act was recent and was not known. It was quite true, as the Fiscal had said, that there was scarcely a house in the country with a fireguard. By the loss he had sustained, the father had suffered more than any pecuniary penalty that might be enforced, and he joined with the Fiscal in asking his lordship to dismiss the case. The Sheriff said they were full of sympathy with the parents in this sad case. No doubt the provisions of the Act were not well known, but that prosecution might serve to make them known. He had no hesitation in using his power to dismiss accused with an admonition.
ROUSAY – LECTURE. – Under the auspices of the Rousay U.F. Guild, on Thursday evening last, an interesting and instructive lecture on Northern Nigeria was given in Ritchie Church by Dr G. Jamieson Pirie, of the Colonial Medical Service, West Africa. The lecture, which dealt with several interesting features of this new dependency, such as the geography, the character of the inhabitants, their customs and means of livelihood, was illustrated by magic lantern views made from photographs taken by the lecturer himself. Mr John Logie, Trumland, who assisted in the production of the slides, manipulated the lantern and contributed to a very enjoyable evening.
1911 March 4 The Orcadian
ROUSAY. Ploughing Match. – The ploughing match was held on the farm of Sketquoy on Friday last, in a field kindly granted by Mr Robert Sinclair. For some days previous and on the morning of the match, the weather was stormy and the ground very wet, so that a number of ploughs did not turn up. However, there were still as many as to enable the Committee to obtain the Highland Society’s medal. The competition all over was very keen, but especially so between the first prize winners in both sections, for Mr John Logie’s silver cup for the best ploughed rig on field. The ploughmen were liberally supplied with refreshments on the field, and after their work was done, Mr and Mrs Sinclair’s generosity not even omitting the spectators. The judges were Messrs John Spence, Urrigar, Costa, and William Ritch, junr., Orquil, Rendall, who awarded the prizes as follows: –
PLOUGHING. – Champions. – 1, and medal, Tom Sinclair, Cotafea; 2, David Marwick, sr., Quoys. Ordinary. – 1, cup, and Highland Society’s Medal, James Craigie, Falquoy; 2, Bertie Louttit, Hullion; 3, David Moar, Saviskaill; 4, James Linklater, Curquoy; 5, Alex. Craigie, Innister; 6, Hugh Mainland, Langskaill; 7, Hugh Marwick. Trumland; 8, John Craigie, Furse; 9, Robert Sinclair, jr., Sketquoy; 10, James Marwick, Quoyostray; youngest ploughman, Hugh Mainland; best feering, James Craigie; best finish, David Moar; best feering on field, James Craigie; best finish on field, David Moar; best ploughed rig on field, James Craigie; straightest ploughing, Tom Sinclair.
HARNESS. – 1, David Moar; 2, Hugh Marwick; 3, Alex. Craigie; 4, James Craigie; 5, Bertie Louttit.
GROOMING. – 1, Hugh Marwick; 2, David Moar; 3, Alex. Craigie; 4, Bertie outtit; 5, James Linklater. Best turnout, David Moar.
In the evening the judges and a number of friends were entertained to a sumptuous dinner in Sketquoy. The usual loyal and patriotic toasts were given and responded to, and a pleasant evening spent. The Committee take this opportunity of thanking those who so liberally contributed to the funds of the society, and also to the special prize-list.
1911 March 25 The Orcadian
ROUSAY. – The Guild of the United Free Church closed its winter session with a social in Ritchie Church on Thursday evening of last week. The weather being very favourable there was a large gathering of young people. The Rev. Mr Pirie presided. Suitable and amusing addresses were given by the Rev. Mr Jamieson. congregational assistant. and Messrs Grieve and John Inkster, Guild vice-presidents. A reading from Mr William Grieve, Guild Secretary; a solo from Mr William Grieve, congregational precentor, and a recitation from Mr Robert Mainland, were received with applause and appreciation. Mr James W. Grieve, Guild leader of praise, with his usual ability, led a well trained choir in a number of choruses, quartettes, trios, and duets. These were all beautifully rendered, and greatly enjoyed. Miss Reid and Miss Munro provided an excellent tea. Hearty votes of thanks to all who had contributed to the evening’s entertainment dosed the meeting.
1911 March 29 Orkney Herald
EMIGRATION. – During the past few weeks parties of emigrants have left Orkney by every steamer on their way to one or other of the large shipping ports whence they had booked their passages to the United States or to one or other of the British Colonies. In the large majority of cases, the destination is Canada, but a few are booked for Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and the United States. Yesterday (Tuesday) about forty, mostly men between twenty and thirty-five years of age, left Kirkwall by the steamer St. Ninian; and other large parties leave during the next two months. Not since the fifties, when there was a great emigration from Orkney to Australia, have so many left Orkney to seek their fortunes in other lands.
1911 April 1 The Orcadian
DECENNIAL CENSUS. – Every ten years the Government takes a census of the people, and this week the papers have been sent to each home. On Sabbath evening first the papers are to be filled up with the name of all the indwellers along with their age and designation. The numbering of the people has been from of old, and to know what the increase or decrease of a nation or country or island may be, is always interesting to others beside the statisticians.
1911 April 8 The Orcadian
The following paper [written by James Omond, Orphir] read at a recent meeting of the Evie U.F. Guild, whilst having special reference to Evie, is descriptive of the habits and customs of the people of these islands in the period brought under review.
THE NORSE PERIOD. Evie, part of the parish of Evie and Rendall, is not so rich in historical associations as several of the other parishes of Orkney, e.g., Birsay, Orphir, etc. Although we find Gairsay mentioned frequently in the Orkneyinga Saga, and Eyin Helga, or Eynhallow, the only mention of Evie, or Efja, which was the Norse name, is when Swein crossed the Pentland Firth and coasted along the west side of Hrossey (the Mainland) on to Efja-sund (Evie Sound) and along to Hrolfsey or Rousay. This is rather strange, as the noble Sigurd stayed at Westness in Rousay, in Earl Paul’s time, while Olaf, and also the famous Swein, lived in Gareksey or Gairsay. Although there is no mention of Evie in the Norse period, there is plenty of legend and lore about the island of Eynhallow.
EYNHALLOW. The Rev. J. B. Craven in his history of the Church in Orkney, says that Eynhallow, the Holy Island, was the spot of the mission from Iona which appears to have the greatest sanctity. The island was so sacred that rats and mice will not live in it, and if corn is cut after sunset, blood flows from the straw.
All who have visited this romantic isle must have noticed on the west side the ruins of a building, which has been identified by various authorities as an ancient church. Professor Dietrichson of Norway describes the ruins very fully in his book “Monumenta Orcaca,” and as he points out there is little doubt out that it is the vanished monastery of the Orkneys, which existed in the year 1175. This probably accounts for the origin of the name Eyin Helga, Holy Island. Mr Duncan Robertson in the “Scots Magazine” relates the legend of how the vanishing isle of Eynhallow was won from the waters and left standing in the middle of the tide. The legend was that if a man saw it, kept his eyes fixed on it, took steel in his hand and landed on the isle it would remain fixed and visible amid the waters of the Roost. You will find in “The Orkney Book” an interesting article from the same writer on the vanishing island of Heather Bleather, the home of the Finn men, which appears and disappears to the present day, and I hope some Evie or Costa man, seeing the Rousay men failed, may yet by the aid of magic steel immovably fix this long-lost isle.
We all now associate Eynhallow with the foaming roosts on either side, with its rabbits darting hither and thither, or the dunter duck scurrying off its nest at our approach; or we ramble along the cliffs to Twenty Man Hole and Rambligeo, and watch the seals and scarfs, that people its shores. But, in the dim and distant past, who can doubt but that the Vikings came here in their Norse galleys and that monks formed solemn processions, sang Mass, and that from Evie, across the stormy roost, might be heard the call to matin or to evensong…..
1911 April 12 Orkney Herald
ROUSAY – CONCERT. – A most enjoyable concert was held in Sourin School on the evening of 31st March. Rev. A. I. Pirie occupied the chair. The audience which packed the schoolroom to the door, was regaled with a large and varied programme, besides a slight refreshment handed round at the interval. The musical items were furnished by a choir ably conducted by Mr J. W. Grieve; and some members of the choir, including the leader, also contributed solos. Their performance fully justified the high reputation of Rousay in vocal music. Several amusing dialogues were effectively rendered. Perhaps the tit-bits of the evening were supplied by the school children, whose drill, recitations, and dialogues did great credit to their smartness and to Miss [Jessie] Marwick’s training. Votes of thanks concluded the proceedings.
1911 April 19 Orkney Herald
ROUSAY. – We are pleased to observe that Veira Lickley Spark, third daughter of the Rev. Alexander Spark, minister of Rousay and Egilshay, has successfully passed the surgical and medical examination as a nurse in the Royal Free Hospital, Gray’s Inn Road, London, W.C.
1911 April 22 The Orcadian
CENSUS RETURNS. BIG DECREASE IN POPULATION. – Below we give the population for the various districts as shown by the recent census. We also give the figures for 1901 and 1891. The population in 1901 was 28,699, compared with 25,745 this year, showing a decrease of 2954 in the decennial period. This year’s figures, of course, will be slightly bettered when the returns from shipping and lighthouses are added, this part of the census not being in the hands of the local registrars: – …..
[The population of Rousay & Egilshay in 1891 was 988. In 1901 it was 829, and this year – 1911, it was down to 706 – 337 males and 369 females. The above figures would have been for Rousay, Egilsay and Wyre. The highest population figure of Rousay alone was in 1851 when the census recorded a total of 939 men, women and children. There were 274 folk in Wasbister; 332 in Sourin; 41 in the Brinian; 142 in Frotoft; and 150 in Westness and Quandale.]
1911 April 29 The Orcadian
Bad Coin and Church Collections. – It is curious how frequently coins which come to be rejected find their way into church collection plates. In this age of education it ought not to be necessary to remind anyone that if such offerings are to benefit giver or receiver, an essential is that they be current coin.
1911 May 13 The Orcadian
OLD TIME ORKNEY WEDDING. – Mr [James] Omand supplementing his articles on 80 years ago, contributes the following description of an Old Time Orkney Wedding –
The crofter and cottar of a hundred years ago had to work so hard to obtain a livelihood, and had so few of the luxuries of life that it is little wonder that a wedding was welcomed in the township as a festive occasion, when privation and toil might be exchanged for feasting and hilarity.
It was not reckoned an easy task for the young man to “spier” (ask) the owld man for his daughter, and often the lass had to break the ice herself by telling her mither that Tam was been seekin’ her and wad be ower wae his bottle on “Tiseday” or may be “Furseday” night. The guid-wife passed the secret on to the guidman, and when Tam appeared and produced his bottle the talisman was not a little help in making known his errand. Having survived this ordeal the rest was pretty easy. The “booking” was usually fixed for a Saturday night, and after Tam and his best man (the bride’s brother) had been to the minister or registrar to “pit in the cries,” there was usually a gathering at the bride’s house to celebrate the occasion.
Having been cried up or proclaimed in the parish church three times the wedding was usually fixed for the following Thursday. Friday was considered an unlucky day, and few would risk marrying in May.
An old custom was the washing of the feet of the happy pair the night before the wedding. A tub with plenty of water was got ready, and if the interested parties gave opposition to the proposed ceremony there were plenty of willing hands to forcibly place them in the tub, and sometimes the scrubbing of the feet was unnecessarily severe. In some parishes the young men went to the house of the bridegroom and the young women to the house of the bride, and the feet-washing took place in the different houses.
On the eventful day it was considered a good augury if the sun-god gave the pair his blessing by shining on the bride, but it was hardly possible for the elements to prevent a wedding taking place at the appointed time. Young and old would defy the worst of weather to be present at “wadding.”
For weeks before brewing had been going on, and often a cow was killed for the occasion. All the invited guests contributed to the entertainment, the men supplying a bottle of whisky or wine, and the women hens, cheese, butter, oatcakes, sowan scones. etc. This was called a penny wedding.
Everyone who had an old musket got it ready for the occasion, for it was a poor wedding where there was not a salvo of artillery to signalise the event.
In a good many cases the company went to the manse for the marriage ceremony. If performed at the bride’s house, there was a walk of a mile or two all the same, headed by one or two pipers, or, if a piper could not be got, a fiddler preceded the company.
The master of ceremonies called the “hoosal” (household), saw that each guest got a dram and a biscuit and cheese on arrival.
The hour depended on the season, and in winter was often three or four in the afternoon. The guests usually assembled in the barn, which had been cleaned up for the event, and the minister having arrived, the bride and best maid joined the bridegroom and best man, and with her father and mother proceeded there, so that the assembled company might witness the ceremony. This being concluded, the newly married pair started for the walk preceded by the pipers, and followed by the best man and best maid and the rest of the company in pairs.
There was usually a wild rush for the place of honour at the head of the company, and the pipers were careful to proceed with the sun and not against it.
The firing of guns, barking of dogs, hoochs of the lads, and general hurrahing, testified to the greatness of the occasion, all being anxious to do their best for Tam and his blushing partner in life.
The walk ended, the bridescake and handsel were served out on trays or weights, and the handsel cog of hot ale and whisky handed round.
In very early times the bridescake was home-made, being a big oatcake baked with butter and sugar, and for luck it was often broken over the bride’s head, and everyone scrambled for a piece as best they could. Later it was a large cake of shortbread, cut into small pieces and containing a ring and a thimble. The party lucky enough to get the piece with the ring usually proclaimed the fact loudly as it meant they were to be the next married, but the one who got the thimble said nothing about it, being doomed to single blessedness. In recent years the pieces of cake were wrapped in coloured tissue paper, and the bridescakes are elaborate and ornate affairs.
The handsel was a bit of each kind of cake at the wedding and cheese, and was wrapped up in paper as it was usually taken home.
In modern times tea was prepared in the house, and the lads took their partners into tea, the company being divided into lots as the tables could accommodate them. We must, however, return to the barn, as we have been anticipating matters a bit.
After the handsel had been served, the fiddlers struck up, and the first dance was the bride’s reel, when the newly married couple had to set the example along with the best man and the best maid in a foursome.
The fun now became fast and furious, and, if the courtesy and elaborate bows of the modern ballroom were not in evidence, for it was not unusual for a young gallant to address the lady he wished to join him in a dance with “Come on, lass,” there was at least an absence of cold and stiff formality, an abundance of good-humoured banter and a liveliness, heartiness, and good cheer, that make a country wedding in Orkney a festive occasion still desired by even the youth and gentry of our cities.
About midnight supper was ready. In old times it was beef and broth, and substantial oatcakes, for, as we said, a cow had been killed in honour of the feast. The women who took charge of the household arrangements were called “handsel wives,” and they, and the “hoosal,” looked after the welfare of the guests.
It must have been a sight worth seeing – a wedding supper in the old time – and vividly recalls the days of the Vikings, when Sweyn entertained his followers in the banqueting hall at Gairsay.
The supper was usually set ben, the box-beds, etc., having been removed outside, to make room. The furniture was rough and ready. Long planks served for seats, and a door, top of a girnel, or anything handy, helped to make the table. The broth pots were steaming at the but fire, and the hoosal and hansel wives were busy at the binks (dresser or table) cutting up huge chunks of beef.
Two or three fat young pigs were always getting in the road, and receiving a kick from one or another, or maybe a plate of hot soup over the back, as the guid-wife stumbled over them on her road ben. The blazing peat fire on the hearth, and a cruisie here and there supply all the light, but our forefathers had good eyes and also good teeth. We will now look over the shoulder of the guid wife as she stands ben taking a final survey to see that all is ready. The room is tolerably well lighted with candles, and the steaming plates of broth with a hornspoon beside them, piles of oat bannocks, baking plates and trays covered with beef, mugs of foaming ale may well cause a flush of pride on her sonzie face, as she turns and remarks to the hansel wife, “Weel, Betty, I think they’ll hae plenty tae eat ony way, whit thinks thoo?”
And now they come trooping in, man and maid, with happy red flushed faces, strong, broad-shouldered, weather-beaten men, who got their hardy looks when they were hauling the nets over the quarter of a herring boat, pitching bows in, off Copinshay, and the lasses – bless them – creels of dung and kaesies of ware have not yet bowed their backs, nor blanched their cheeks. Grace having been said by the elder, the hoosal remarks, “Noo boys, fa tae and lasses see if ye can fin’ yer mooths, if no the boys’ll maybe help ye.”
In the early morning the bride’s cog is concocted. It is a brew, consisting of 12 eggs, 6 bottles of whisky, and 6 bottles of hot ale, and is said to be a safe cure for a bad headache. The cog itself deserves passing mention. It holds two Scotch pints and was shaped like a little tub, three of the staves at equal intervals having been left longer than the rest to serve as handles. The staves are of brown and white wood alternately, and the “girds” of white each stripped of its bark. You grip the cog by two of the handles, raising it to your head, and after having taken a “deep. deep draught,” you pass it to your neighbour, who grasps it by the third and spare handle, and does ditto. People cared little about microbes or bacteria in those times; it may be that there was too much peat reek about for these small gentry to thrive properly.
The dancing, which consisted mostly of foursome, sixsome, and eightsome reels went on gaily till 7 or 8 next morning, and was concluded by Bobbity Bowster. This reel was danced in various ways, one popular form being to place a chair on the middle of the barn floor, round which the best man danced with a handkerchief in his hand, which he threw to the best maid, who arose and seated herself in the chair, when she was kissed by her partner. She then rose, and taking hands they danced round the chair, while she threw the handkerchief on some lad in the company, who joined in the dance and threw the handkerchief to his partner, whom he saluted in the chair, and this procedure was followed until all the company were in the dance. In some places the best maid began the dance giving the ladies the privilege of choosing their partners, and lady and gentleman seated themselves in the chair alternately.
Often the chair was dispensed with, and when the salutation was also abolished, the dance fell into disuse, being again far behind the “good old times.” The order of procedure at a wedding, in handing around the handsel, handsel cog, and bride’s cog, was also different in different places, but the necessary elements in a successful wedding were tersely put by Jock when, in reply to the question of “What sort o’ a wadding was it?” he replied, “A rippin’ wadding boy; plenty tae eat and drink, plenty o’ bonnie lasses, and Patie o’ Waster was as fu as a piper at 8 o’clock.”
ROUSAY DISPUTE ABOUT AN ESTATE. – In the Orkney Small Debt Court at Kirkwall on Tuesday, James Grieve, residing at Outerdykes, Rousay, sued William Sabiston, Redlums, Rousay, as executor of his deceased wife, Mrs Margaret Grieve or Sabiston, for a sum of £17 6s 3d. being one-fourth of the estate to which he avers he is entitled as a brother of Mrs Sabiston, who died intestate. Mr Drever for defender submitted that action was one of accounting, and could not therefore be competently raised in the Small Debt Court. He therefore asked that the action be dismissed. Mr Robertson for pursuer argued that the action was not one of accounting, but was for a fixed sum, which pursuer held he was entitled to as a brother of Mr Sabiston’s deceased wife. The Sheriff – Does the defender admit the sum? Mr Drever – No. Mr Robertson – He says it is his own property. The only point to be decided is whether this property really belongs to defender or to the estate of his deceased wife. If the action is dismissed it would only mean bringing another action to the ordinary Court for a very small sum. The Sheriff intimated that he would consider the question raised. Pursuer’s agent – D. J. Robertson, solicitor, Kirkwall; defender’s agent – W. P. Drever, solicitor, Kirkwall.
[The Sheriff subsequently dismissed the action on the ground that though the pursuer’s claim was only £17 6s 3d, the amount given as the value of Mrs Sabiston’s estate exceeded £20, which was the limit in a Small Debt cause. Sheriff Harvey allowed defender 5s of expenses.]
1911 May 20 The Orcadian
A MISTY MAY. – “A misty May and a leaking June make the harvest ripen soon,” so says the old saw. After the heat of last week which was phenomenal for this season – 110 degrees in the sun being registered – a heavy mist hung over all for a day or two, and every evening for some time has been thick. Seldom has the country looked better. Oats, grass, and potatoes are showing up well, in fact there has been no such appearance for years.
1911 June 28 Orkney Herald
CORONATION CELEBRATIONS IN ORKNEY
[This was the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary on June 22. George became the sovereign on the death of his father, King Edward VII on May 6th 1910, though his coronation, at Westminster Abbey, did not take place until over a year later.]
KIRKWALL. – On Wednesday evening the barometer began to fall, and dark masses of clouds, ominous and threatening, gathered in the south eastern horizon. The sun had set as if in a sea of blood, and left behind a trail of gold, beyond which it seemed the clouds dare not pass. “Keep your eye on the lee sky,” said an old salt at the harbour, “and if it keeps clear, you can always be certain to have the weather fair.” A feeling of optimism pervaded all. Surely the elements would not be so unkind as to mar the day of all days of the year, they thought. They recalled how often signs of atmospheric disturbance had made their appearance of late, and, passing away with perhaps a shower, left the weather unchanged; and so the preparations which were to give visible signs of Kirkwall’s loyalty to the throne went gaily on. All over the town workmen were busily transforming the dull, grey walls of the buildings in the city and royal burgh into a blaze of colour, and by 10 p.m. the town presented a brilliant appearance. In the principal streets some of the decorations were of an elaborate nature, showing much taste and skill in their conception. Sentiments of loyalty and good-will met the eye on every side – tangible proofs that the citizens had entered with a hearty goodwill into spirit of the occasion. Such was the condition of things, as we said, at a late hour on Wednesday evening. But alas for human wisdom ! About midnight the ominous patter of rain was heard on the windows, proving to be the forerunner of a torrential downpour which lasted all through the night, and, with little intermission, until the afternoon of Coronation Day.
In the morning, the sight that met the gaze was a most pitiable one. All the glory of the display had been washed out. The drapery that had been hung out with such pride but a few hours before, resplendent in purple, red, and gold, was now lying limp, its colours dyeing the streets or running in rivulets along the causeway. Remains of flags and paper roses, torn from their settings, were lying everywhere. Knots of people were here and there pathetically viewing the scenes of desolation, and keen disappointment was felt. Truly, as one was heard to say, this was gaiety run to tears.
At eight o’clock on Thursday morning the bells of St Magnus gave forth a joyous peal, which was repeated at intervals during the day…..
The inhabitants of Rousay had made up their minds to be nowise behind in celebrating the Coronation. A public picnic had been arranged, with games for the school children, sports, and bonfire to be held at Trumland. Unfortunately, the weather was not what it might have been for the occasion; however, during the afternoon, the weather took a turn for the better, and the school children and older folks began to arrive about two o’clock. As the grass was still somewhat wet, they were all, through the kindness of Mr Craigie, farmer, taken into the barn, where milk, cookies, and the usual good things on such occasions, were dispensed. About four o’clock the weather conditions had greatly improved, and the children’s games and sports were started, and were very much enjoyed by all present and keenly contested, especially by the younger ones, who entered into friendly rivalry with great zest. At 5.30 all present formed into a procession and marched through Trumland gardens, Mr [John] Cutt, gardener, showing them through. At 6 p.m. a sojourn was made to Trumland House, where Mr [John] Logie, estate agent [estate land steward and caretaker], and a competent staff, served tea on the lawn to about 300, which everyone present thoroughly enjoyed. After tea, Rev. A. Pirie addressed the children, explaining to them what a Coronation was, and the crowning of the King. Rev. A. Spark also briefly addressed the children. The committee has presented all the school children with a Coronation medal, and, through the kindness of Lady Pentland, who recently visited Rousay, each child was presented with a bag of sweets, after which all present sang the National Anthem, led by Mr William Grieve, Falldown. All again returned to the Trumland barn, when a dance was kept up with much vigour till ten o’clock, when all repaired to the hill at the Picts House [Taversoe Tuick] to witness the bonfires being set ablaze throughout the different parishes. When the time was up, the Rousay bonfire was lit by Mrs Spark [the minister’s new wife, Jane Hannah Reid], and immediately a great blaze shot up towards the sky. Many bonfires were to be seen – one in Shapinsay, and another in Evie being specially bright, and some people who had gone to the higher hill to watch the fires being lighted, counted as many as twenty throughout Orkney. After the bonfire, the young folks joined in a dance, and at the close all present were loud in their praise of the whole proceedings, declaring it to have been one of the most enjoyable days ever spent in the parish.
1911 July 5 Orkney Herald
LAST Thursday the seamen and firemen on board the steamer Orcadia, belonging to the Orkney Steamship Company, sent in a request for an increase of wages, and on Saturday morning, having declined to proceed to the North Isles with the steamer unless an understanding was arrived at, they were ordered ashore. After a delay of some hours, one or two substitutes were got and the steamer proceeded. On the steamer Fawn, belonging to the same company, arriving at Kirkwall from Rousay on Saturday, a request was also made for an increase of wages, and a settlement was arrived at. Yesterday (Tuesday) a settlement was reached with reference to the Orcadia, and some of the old hands were taken back.
1911 July 8 The Orcadian
THE DROWNING ACCIDENT OF AN ORCADIAN. – Last week we briefly reported the drowning of a young man named John Maclean, a native of Rousay, which occurred on the 20th June at the manure factory, Heogan, Bressay, Shetland. From further particulars to hand it appears that no-one actually saw deceased fall into the water, so that it is not clear how he met his death. Maclean had been working with the trolley on the jetty, however, and it is supposed that he has overbalanced and fallen off the trolley and then into the sea. The jetty is very slippery, and the unfortunate man evidently did not recover himself after overbalancing. There was no-one near him at the time, and it was an hour or two later that he was missed. He could not be found at nine o’clock, and, fearing that something had happened, the manager of the station gave orders for a search to be made. Shortly afterwards the body was found on the bottom near the side of the jetty. The steam launch belonging to the Company immediately crossed to Lerwick for a doctor, who, on reaching the station, endeavoured to restore animation, but without success. Maclean was a young unmarried man, 22 years of age.
[John James McLean was the son of Duncan McLean and Jane Grieve, Breval, Sourin.]
1911 July 15 The Orcadian
ST MAGNUS CATHEDRAL SUNDAY SCHOOL. – Last Saturday the children attending the Cathedral Sunday School were given their annual picnic. Last year the excursion to Rousay had been so enjoyable that by unanimous consent it was agreed to revisit that island, and the success of this year’s picnic amply justified the choice. The weather in the morning looked rather unsettled, but it cleared up to a delightful day, the warm sunshine being tempered by a gentle breeze. When the Fawn left Kirkwall, she was crowded with happy children, under the care of the Rev. Mr Craig, Mr James Tait, the superintendent, and the Sunday School teachers. She also carried a considerable number of the parents and other passengers. On arriving at Rousay, the children were conducted to a field in front of Trumland House, very kindly provided by Mr Craigie, where a most enjoyable day was spent, the children, needless to say, doing ample justice to the bountiful supply of eatables, and joining with their usual keenness in the customary sports. Before returning, prizes for the games were awarded, and handsome book prizes were given to the scholars who had been most regular in their attendance during the session, these being handed to the recipients by Miss Jane Hewison.
1911 July 19 Orkney Herald
ROUSAY. – THE annual regatta of the Rousay Boat Club is to take place on the Kirkwall July Holiday when the Fawn is to run a special trip to Rousay. This year the Committee (in view of the growing popularity of the motor boat) have decided to give a cup for motors. As usual there will be a tea room at Trumland Pier for the convenience of visitors.
WE understand both Trumland and Westness shootings have again been let for this year, Sir Victor Horsley has again taken Trumland and is expected on the 29th inst. Westness shootings have been let to Mr Carrington, London, who is expected to arrive about the 1st of August, and we understand intends having a large party during the shooting season.
MRS MIDDLEMORE also arrives at the Lodge in Eynhallow to-day for a brief visit. We may add this Lodge has had large additions put on this year, and is now a very comfortable house.
1911 July 26 Orkney Herald
ROUSAY REGATTA. – The annual regatta of the Rousay Boat Club took place in Veira Sound on Friday the 21st inst. The s.s. Fawn ran her usual trip to Rousay, and with her arrived quite a number of visitors for the day. The regatta, so far as sailing was concerned, was rather disappointing – local competitors being conspicuous by their absence; but no doubt the weather conditions had a good deal to do with that.
The first race, which was for boats 16 ft. waterline and under, started at 12.45. There were three entries, viz., Isabel, Annie, and Alice. All three got well off – on the starting gun being fired – and kept their respective places during the race. The finish was as follows: – (Corrected Time).
Alice (C. Logie) – 1h 5m 2s
Annie (D. Finlayson) – 1h 7m 55s
Isabel (C. W. Tait) – 1h 9m 36s
The second race was for boats 22 ft. waterline and under; and as there were no boats of this class forward for competition, the committee decided to open it for boats 25 ft., when three entered for competition – Annie (J. Logie), Hero (M. Grieve), and Lily (D. Miller), the latter being allowed 10 minutes time allowance extra on the course. The finish was as follows: –
Annie (J. Logie) – 1h 30m 10s
Lily (D. Miller) – 1h 45m 8s
Hero (M. Grieve) – 1h 53m 9s
Perhaps the most interesting race of the day was the motor race, for which there were three entries, viz., Messrs Leslie & Leonard, Kirkwall; Mr Wm. Miller, Evie; and Mr Alex. Logie, Rousay. There was a keen contest between Messrs Leslie & Leonard and Mr Miller, Evie, for the cup. Unfortunately, Mr Miller’s motor stuck for seven minutes, and the cup was easily won by Messrs Leslie & Leonard. Mr Logie retired from the race.
The next race to start was the all-comers race, for which three boats entered – Annie, Hero, and Alice. The boats all got off well together, and they came is as follows: –
Annie (J. Logie) – 1h 1m 1s
Hero (M. Grieve) – 1h 17m 0s
Alice (C. Logie) – 1h 17m 14s
During the all-comers race and later, rain fell very heavily, and no competitors could be got for the ladies’ and boys’ rowing races. For the men’s rowing race there were two boats entered, and after a keen contest they finished as follows: – 1, Geo. Seatter and Thos. Alexander, Egilshay; 2, Geo. Reid, Rousay, and J. Rendall, Gairsay.
As in former years, the Committee had a tea-room in the store which was well patronized during the day, and much credit is due to the ladies who had charge of it. A dance was held in the store at night, and was kept up with much spirit till the sma’ ‘oors. The Committee take this opportunity of thanking all who contributed to the funds of the club, and so helped to make the regatta a success.
1911 August 5 The Orcadian
THUNDER STORM – BULLOCK KILLED. – A thunder storm of some severity was experienced in Kirkwall and the East Mainland on Sunday morning. As early as six o’clock peals of thunder were heard approaching from the south-east, and about eight o’clock there were several flashes of lightning with heavy peals of thunder, and some rain. An hour later, the thunderstorm was renewed with greater severity than ever, and for nearly half an hour, rain fell in torrents. In the forenoon, however, the weather brightened, and warm sunshine was enjoyed in Kirkwall and vicinity. The storm was also experienced in Westray, and a report comes to hand, which, however, we have not been able to verify, that a bullock has been killed there by lightning. It is also reported that a lamb was killed at Veira, and that three young horses grazing on the island of Scockness took fright at the noise of the thunder, plunged into the sea, and swam to the island of Egilshay. We also hear that lightning entered a farm house in Stronsay, smashing a mirror, and some crockery.
1911 August 16 Orkney Herald
ROUSAY CATTLE SHOW. – This show was held, under most favourable weather conditions, last Tuesday. The number of entries was, we understand, a record one, there being over a hundred entries in the cattle section alone, and the quality of the stock was also very good. During the day the show was visited by a large number of spectators. The judges were: – Messrs R. Scarth, Binscarth, Firth; and George Learmonth, Pow, Sandwick. Annexed is the prize-list: –
Calves – 1, J. Craigie Trumland; 2, hc and c, Mainland and Stevenson, Westness; 3, D. Gibson, LangskailI.
Shorthorn Cows – 1, J. Craigie; 2 and hc, Mainland & Stevenson; 3, Wm. Moar, Saviskaill; c, D. Gibson.
Polled Cows – 1, D. Inkster, Furse; 2, D. Gibson; 3, Jas. Craigie; hc, John Scott, Hurteso; c, Jas. Russell, Brendale.
Two-year-old Shorthorn Queys – 1, J. Gibson, Faraclett; 2, Jas. Russell; 3 and hc, Mainland & Stevenson; c, John Scott.
Two-year-old Polled Queys – 1 and c, Wm. Moar; 2 and hc, D. Gibson; 3, Mainland & Stevenson.
One-year-old Polled Queys – 1 and c, D. Inkster; 2 and hc, D. Gibson; 3, Fred Inkster, Innister.
One-year-old Shorthorn Queys – 1, A. C. Gibson, Myres; 2, James Craigie; 3, James Russell; hc, Robert Seatter, Banks; c, William Moar.
Two-year-old Shorthorn Steers – 1 and 2, Mainland & Stevenson; 3, R. Seatter; hc, J. Craigie; c, William Moar.
Two-year-old Polled Steers – 1, 2, 3, and c, Mainland & Stevenson; hc, J. Craigie.
One-year-old Polled Steers – 1, 2, and c, D. Gibson; 3 and hc, Fred Inkster.
One-year-old Shorthorn Steers – 1, J. Inkster, Woo; 2, T. Brown, Curquoy; 3, Fred Inkster; hc, George Gibson, Avelshay; c, James Craigie.
Mare with Foal at Foot – 1, P. Sinclair, Bigland; 2, Fred Inkster; 3, Wm. Moar; hc, Mainland & Stevenson; c, J. Gibson, Faraclett.
Foals – 1, George Gibson; 2, John Corsie, Knarston; 3, Peter Sinclair; hc, Fred Inkster; c, WiIIiam Moar.
Draught Geldings – 1, D. Gibson, Hullion; 2, Rousay Co-operative Society; 3, James Craigie; hc, John Gibson, Faraclett; c, John Gibson, No. 3 Frotoft.
Three-year-old Geldings – 1, John Craigie, Knarston; 2, John Gibson, Faraclett.
Yeld Mares – 1 and hc, William Moar; 2, J. Craigie; 3, D Gibson; c, R. Seatter.
Two-year-old Fillies – 1, Fred Inkster; 2, Wm. Moar.
One-year-old Fillies – 1, John Craigie, Glebe; 2, R. Seatter; 3, John Scott; hc, John Marwick, Knarston.
Two-year-old Geldings – 1, George Gibson; 2, Robert Seatter.
One-year-old Geldings – 1, James Craigie; 2, William Moar; 3, George Gibson; hc, J. Inkster.
Silver Cake Basket for the Best Milking Cow – D. Inkster, Furse.
Silver Medal, presented by Mr Moir, Aberdeen, for the best One-year-old Bullock – D. Inkster.
Prize for best group of three in the cattle sections – D. Inkster.
Medal for Best Mare in Yard – James Craigie, Trumland. Mr Craigie having won the medal for three years, it now becomes his property.
Medal for Best Draught Gelding – D. Gibson, Hullion.
1911 August 26 The Orcadian
BOATING ACCIDENT AT ROUSAY. – A serious boating accident occurred off Sourin, Rousay, on Tuesday. From information to hand it appears that a son of Sir Victor Horsley was fishing from a small boat in this vicinity, when he fell into the sea. A lady, who was the only other occupant of the boat at the time, in the excitement of the moment, lost both oars, and was rendered powerless to offer assistance. Fortunately the accident was observed from the shore, and a rescue party set off. By this time, however, the young man had sunk, and it was only after some difficulty that he was picked up from the bottom. He was of course, now in a serious condition, and animation, our informant states, was only restored after great difficulty. It is gratifying to learn that he is now recovering.
1911 September 2 The Orcadian
ROUSAY – PRESENTATION. – On Wednesday afternoon the scholars of Sourin School, Rousay, and a number of their parents met in the schoolroom and presented Miss Marwick, their teacher, with a beautiful Torsion balance time-piece in a glass case, and silver ink bottle and pen holder on the occasion of her leaving the school to be married. Mr William Grieve, of Falldown, a member of the School Board, requested, on behalf of the Committee, that Mr Pirie, Chairman of the School Board, make the presentation. Mr Pirie, in the course of his remarks, stated that Miss Marwick had been for eight years the teacher in that school, and that the pupils and parents, now that she was leaving to enter on a course of “Practical Domestic Economy,” wished to present her with this testimonial of their good wishes for her future married life, and to express to her their gratitude for the excellent tuition she had given to the children, and for her kindness to them whilst under her care. Miss Marwick feelingly and neatly returned thanks for such a beautiful present. At the close of the proceedings, the company was supplied with refreshments by Miss Marwick.
[Born on November 13th 1872, Janet (Jessie) Marwick was the daughter of Hugh Marwick and Lydia Gibson, Guidall. Her husband to be was David Gibson, son of John and Jane Gibson, Langskaill.]
1911 September 6 Orkney Herald
ROUSAY, EGILSHAY AND VEIRA CO-OPERATIVE SOCIETY
MEETING OF SHAREHOLDERS.
On Friday last the Rousay, Egilshay and Veira Co-operative Society held a very successful meeting in Sourin Schoolhouse. The programme by the Committee of Management was a very thorough one, and arranged to give everyone attending the meeting the opportunity of discussing co-operation and its successful development in the islands. After a preliminary meeting of the committee, the general meeting of shareholders, which was extremely well attended, began at 3 p.m., the honorary president, Sir Victor Horsley, F.R.S., being in the chair. After the meeting had confirmed the minutes of the previous meeting, the first important business was the reception of an interim financial report on the first nine months’ working of the society. This was presented by the chairman of the Committee of Management, Mr John Logie, who, in the course of an interesting and minutely detailed statement, showed that while the turnover of the society had during the nine months amounted to £2230, then stood at the credit of the society the sum of £63. This result of the initial transactions of the society was naturally received by the members with satisfaction. The interim financial report was then adopted unanimously. The Chairman then invited discussion on the need of immediately providing for the rapid development of the society and its work. He reported that the Committee of Management advised the raising of further capital to construct a store in Sourin and a bakehouse. The Committee estimated that for this purpose £150 would be required, and the Chairman showed that this represented 600 shares, of which he desired to take up two-thirds. On putting to the meeting by show of hands the question of subscribing the remaining third, there was cordial response, and the proposals of the committee were then unanimously approved by the meeting on formal resolutions proposed and seconded by Messrs Grieve and Seatter, R. Marwick and F. Inkster respectively. On a further resolution from the chair, the meeting unanimously instructed the Committee of Management to carry out the decision to erect a store and bakehouse at Sourin. A letter was then read from Mr Drysdale, the secretary of the Scottish Agricultural Organisation Society, offering some good cockerels. This kind offer was accepted with appreciation, and the hon. secretary was instructed to send a suitable acknowledgement. No further questions being brought forward by any member, the meeting then terminated.
It was immediately followed by a tea, to which Sir Victor and Lady Horsley had invited the house-holders and their families of the three islands. There was a large attendance, and the instability of the weather was guarded against by the meeting being held in a large tent erected in the school playground adjoining the school building. During tea, Sir Victor Horsley proposed the health of the King and Queen, which was received with acclamation. He then made a brief statement respecting the extension of the franchise to women, namely, that Lady Horsley and himself were anxious to start a Rousay, Egilshay and Veira Branch of the Orkney Women’s Suffrage Society, and that circulars inviting membership would be forwarded later.
PUBLIC MEETING. – After tea, an open public meeting was held, Sir Victor Horsley in the chair. The unavoidable absence of the Rev A. I. Pirie was reported.
The Chairman then addressed the meeting. He discussed the object and ideals of the society. As regards the former, it was notoriously most difficult for an agriculturist, without the help of cooperation, to sell except with a slender margin of profit, and further, that for economic distribution, co-operation was absolutely essential. As regards the social question, he referred to the objects of the Scottish Organisation Society, and said that the primal object of the Co-operative Society was to secure that the man who earned a profit should get it. Turning to the special developments of agricultural work made easier by co-operation, he discussed modern means of preventing disease among poultry, of breeding by selection for egg-laying, and hoped that during the winter they would be able to get the services of a County Council lecturer, not only on these points, but also on the butter and cheese problem, which co-operation had done so much to solve abroad. The selection of milkers in breeding cows, the establishment of a co-operative creamery, were all points the members of the society should be seriously considering, although, of course, they must go slowly and cautiously at first. The establishment of a bakehouse which would easily serve the needs of the three islands, he agreed, was a first necessity and direct advantage to the members. While pressing the necessity of extending the work and membership of the Co-operative Society, he thought they should keep in mind another phase of co-operation, namely, the mutual help which the societies in Orkney could afford each other. This had been ably dealt with by Dr Douglas at the conference of delegates of Co-operative Societies held in Kirkwall last month, which he had the privilege of attending. The special use of the telephone to farmers just introduced by the present Government would be of invaluable assistance, and the ever vexed question of transport also should be taken up by the societies. If the societies developed they ought to include every agriculturist in the county, and they would then be able to make favourable terms with the shipping companies or develop their own motor boat traffic, which would secure suitable days of calling and punctuality. Co-operation between the societies was second in importance only to co-operation between the members of each society. In conclusion, he could not understand why anyone who had saved five shillings, the price of a share, was not a member of the society. The work of these societies, and the extraordinary impetus they have given to the social well-being of a community, had resulted in proportion as every individual in the community has taken a share or shares. It was not a question for householders only, but for parents and children alike. All should have their names on the register of the society as shareholders, and feel not simply the benefit to themselves but the greater pleasure of helping each other and sharing in the furtherance of national progress.
1911 September 23 The Orcadian
DISCOVERY OF HUMAN REMAINS AT EYNHALLOW. – Whilst workmen were engaged a few days ago erecting posts on Eynhallow for the preservation of ancient monuments they came upon some human remains, at a depth of about three feet. There appeared to be at least two skeletons. Intimation was made of the discovery to Mr James W. Cursiter, F.S.A. (Scot.), and operations were at once stopped, so as to afford an opportunity of the remains being examined.
1911 October 14 The Orcadian
SMALL DEBT ACTION. – The action at the instance of John Shearer, clothier, Leith, against the Rev. Alex. Spark. Rousay, for payment of £10 16s 9d for clothing, etc., supplied to a son and daughter, again came before Sheriff Harvey on Tuesday. Mr Low for the defenders stated objections to the relevancy of the action – that at the time the debt was incurred the daughter was 28 years of age and supporting herself, the father not being responsible for her maintenance; and that the amount incurred by the son was prescribed. The Sheriff said he was prepared to dismiss the action on these grounds. Mr Buchanan asked that before judgment was pronounced, the part of the account which his lordship held to be prescribed be referred to the writ or oath of the son. The Sheriff held this could only be under an action against the son; therefore dismissed the action with expenses.
1911 October 21 The Orcadian
RECENT ACCIDENT AT ROUSAY. – Sir Victor Horsley has presented fine gold watches and alberts to the boys who recently saved his son from drowning. The names of the boys are, Alfred Alexander, Hermisgarth, Sanday, and Robert Sinclair, Sketquoy, Rousay. The inscription on the watches is “To (name of recipient) from Sir Victor and Lady Horsley, in grateful recollection of his prompt and kind action on the 22nd Aug., 1911.”
[More information regarding this event, and photos of Robert Sinclair’s watch can be seen here: – Sourin Sea Rescue.]
1911 October 25 Orkney Herald
HARVEST. – With the exception of some dry cold weather in June, the summer has been the finest for many years past. Harvest began about the first week of September, and, in some cases, even a week earlier, being the earliest in the memory of most farmers. With the exception of some rainy weather in the later half of September, the weather was fine and the crops were all secured in good condition. Both straw and grain, especially the latter, are over an average crop, the weight of oats sent to mill being 40 to 42 lbs., and even more, per bushel. Harvest hands were somewhat short, and several farmers had to get self-binders. Potatoes and turnips are also good crops. On some fields there is a good deal of finger-and-toe. Where this is the case, farmers should adopt the six shift, and rest their land three years in grass. They will get better turnips and cleaner land to work. This has been a good grass year, and the aftermath was exceptionally abundant. Several cattle, however, were hooved on the clover. Care should be taken to give the stock clover in a dry state, and, where the fields are enclosed, the best plan is to put the cattle on the clover on a dry day and keep them on it thereafter night and day. While Orkney has had an exceptionally fine season, England and the mainland of Scotland have been burnt up with heat and drought. Store cattle and sheep are consequently somewhat down in price.
1911 October 28 The Orcadian
After a spell of exceptionally fine weather – our usual “Peerie Summer” – we experienced a sudden change this week. A snell north wind blew snow-laden clouds about, and the air had that freshness peculiar to winter. Slight sprinklings of snow fell at intervals, while on the hills streaks of white could be traced. Opinions favour an early and severe winter. Farmers are in most cases well advanced with ploughing. Potatoes are safely housed and general work is progressing leisurely. If there were rather better prices in store cattle and stock generally, it would be difficult to find anything to grumble at.
1911 November 8 Orkney Herald
THE STORM IN ORKNEY. – Stormy weather prevailed throughout nearly the whole of last week. On Friday night a severe thunderstorm passed over the Orkneys. On Saturday the wind blew with almost hurricane force all day from the south-west, accompanied with high tides. The steamer St Rognvald arrived at Kirkwall from Aberdeen about 2 p.m., but owing to the high seas running was unable to come to the pier till nearly 8 p.m. The mail steamer St Ola did not cross the Pentland Firth; the steamers Orcadia and Fawn, trading with the North Isles, were likewise unable to make their usual rounds. The steamer Iona, however, came to Kirkwall and returned to Shapinsay as usual. Crews of vessels taking shelter in the various bays among the islands report the storm to have been one of the worst they have ever experienced. Some anxiety was felt regarding the safety of some local vessels. The smacks Narcissus and Thomas Henry left the Firth of Forth in the middle of last week for Kirkwall, but though they have not yet arrived, both have been reported safe. A good deal of damage of a minor character has been done throughout the islands, but the only serious damage was the wreck of a schooner at Flotta. At Kirkwall the sea broke over the Ayre, and some of the low-lying parts of the town were flooded The storm continued on Sunday, though with less violence. Some of the local steamers made the passages they should have made on Saturday. About 1 o’clock on Sunday, the Orcadia, while proceeding to Westray, spoke of the large Norwegian steamer Turid, bound for Liverpool with a cargo of wood. She was unable to proceed on her voyage owing to the violence of the storm. The sea in Scapa Flow and the Pentland Firth was, however, so high as to make it impossible for the mail steamer to cross. There was consequently a very heavy mail on Monday, but at Kirkwall an extra staff was put on and the delivery took place at the usual time. Telegrams were much delayed, owing to breakdowns of telegraph wires, &c., throughout the country.
1911 November 22 Orkney Herald
ROUSAY – GUILD SOCIAL. – The guild of the United Free Church opened its winter session with a social on Thursday evening in Ritchie Church, the Rev. A. Irvine Pirie presiding. Humorous and instructive addresses were delivered by the Rev. Mr Macleod, of Orphir, and Mr John Inkster, one of the guild vice-presidents. Racy readings were given by Mr R. Mainland; and Mr W. Grieve, congregational precentor, gave a solo with beautiful expression and effect. A large well-balanced choir, under the able leadership of Mr James W. Grieve, guild leader of praise, gave a number of hymns, duets, and quartettes, with great taste and precision. An excellent tea was prepared and served by Miss Munro, Miss Reid, and a committee.
1911 December 27 Orkney Herald
ROUSAY – Sir Victor and Lady Horsley and members of their family arrived at Trumland House on Saturday.