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Newsprint – 1914

1914 January 14 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – ENTERTAINMENT. – On Christmas Day a very enjoyable entertainment was given by Miss [Sarah] Craigie, schoolmistress, Frotoft, to her pupils and friends. The school was tastefully decorated with greenery and paper flowers. After a sumptuous tea, a most interesting and enjoyable programme was gone through by the pupils, including a production of the ever-popular fairy tale, “Cinderella.” The programme was as follows: Cinderella, Marjorie Gibson; her two sisters – Proudie, Peggie Sutherland; Crosspatch, Mary Mainland; Cinderella’s Godmother, Lydia Mainland; prince, John Mainland; his two courtiers – Sir Hector, Charles Logie; Sir Holiday, Robert Mainland; the herald, John Logie; the six fairies, or chorus girls – Annie Gibson, Babba Leonard, Margie Craigie, Jeannie Louttit, Jessie Mainland, Alice Craigie; dialogue, “Why she was Mamma’s Favourite,” Marjorie Gibson, Isabella Craigie, and Agnes Robertson; quartette, “The Muffin Man,” girls – Alice Craigie, Jessie Mainland; boys – Jim Gibson, Harry Logie; recitation, “What a Little Girl can do,” Jeannie Louttit; song, “Rothesay Bay,” Mary Mainland; duet, “The Crookit Bawbee,’ Jessie Mainland and Harry Logie; “The Dinner Party,” by seven boys, viz. – Jim Gibson, host ; John S. Mainland, butler; guests, Harry Logie, Jim Sinclair, Davidson Harrold, Hugh Sutherland, John Logie; “Welcome,” was given at the beginning by seven children, viz., Jessie Mainland, Alice Logie, Annie Gibson, Babba Leonard, James Mainland, Tom Sinclair and David Gibson; then “Good-bye” was given at the finish by the same seven children. The Rev. Alex. Spark, Parish Church, occupied the chair. At the end of the programme a brightly decorated Christmas tree was brought on to the platform amidst the applause and delight of the children. Mr John Logie, Trumland House, dressed in conventional style, made a most efficient Father Christmas, and, with Alice Logie as his fairy, distributed gifts from the tree to the various children. After that he (Mr Logie), in name of the young men of the district, presented Miss Craigie with a lovely silver teapot and stand. The company afterwards engaged in dancing, which they kept up till the early hours of the morning. The whole reflects great credit on Miss Craigie as a popular and successful teacher.

[The following week a slight correction was made in the paper. – Miss Craigie received two presentations – the first being a mahogany timepiece from the young men; and the second was the silver teapot and stand from her scholars.]

1914 February 4 Orkney Herald

FATAL RAILWAY ACCIDENT TO ORCADIAN IN CANADA. – A sad fatality took place on 9th January at a level crossing over the Great Northern tracks near the Prince Rupert, Vancouver, Abattoirs, when Miss Lily Inkster, night nurse at the Royal Columbian Hospital, was struck by a Great Northern passenger train. She was picked up 20 yards away from the point where she was struck, and the police ambulance with P.C. Anderson removed her to the hospital without delay. Miss Inkster had left the hospital at 4 o’clock in the afternoon to visit cousins, and was returning to her duties at the institution when the accident happened. According to the towerman at the crossing, she failed to notice the impending danger, and when the train was close to her the engineer gave three sharp whistles which, with the glaring head-light, appeared to glue her to the track. Miss Inkster had been a nurse at the hospital for two and a half years. She was a native of Rousay, and her widowed mother now resides at 15 Bridge St., Kirkwall. The Rev. John Gibson Inkster, B.A., Presbyterian Church, Victoria, B.C., also a native of Rousay, arrived the following morning and took full charge of the funeral arrangements. The funeral took place from the hospital on Monday, 12th Jan., at 10 a.m., and how highly she was esteemed and how sorely she was missed, was evidenced by the large attendance of people, Orcadians and others, and by the silent expressions of sympathy in the shape of wreaths and flowers. All work was stopped at the hospital, and the nurses followed the remains to the cemetery. The train was due to arrive at New Westminster at 2.58 p.m. on the date when the fatal accident occurred, but was several hours late, leaving the G.N.R. depot at 6.40 o’clock. Much sympathy is extended to Mrs Inkster and her family in their sore bereavement.

[Lily Inkster was the daughter of Hugh Inkster and his second wife Mary Kirkness. Hugh was initially from Ervadale, and married his first wife Isabella Kirkness in January 1865, and moved to Unst, Shetland. Isabella died there in 1882, and Hugh and the surviving members of his family returned to Rousay, where he took over Westness farm. He then married Isabella’s cousin Mary Kirkness, Grain. They had six children, born between 1885 and 1894, Lily being their first-born. Hugh died in October 1908, and Mary went to live in Kirkwall. – John Gibson Inkster was the son of William Inkster, Cogar, and Mary Gibson, Langskaill. His eldest brother was William Inkster – ‘Fiery Bill’, the Aberdeen Firemaster.]

1914 February 11 Orkney Herald

ST MAGNUS IN THE STORM. – When the Aberdeen steamer St Magnus arrived at Aberdeen on Saturday week, Captain Leask reported having experienced an exciting passage from Stromness. Weather and sea were rough, and the vessel was tossed about in an alarming fashion. The climax seemed to be reached when the St Magnus was crossing the Pentland Firth. Captain Leask was of opinion that he passed through a tidal wave. The sea swept down upon the ship and lifted the St Magnus into an almost upright position, in which she remained for several seconds. The crew rushed on deck, and for some time a feeling of anxiety prevailed. The vessel righted herself, however, and the passage was completed in safety, little damage having been done.

1914 February 18 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – EARLY PRIMROSES. – Primroses in bloom were found by Mrs Craigie, Iverybust, Rousay, among heather on the hillside on the 6th inst. Mrs Craigie says they are the earliest she has ever seen there.

[Mrs Jane Craigie lived at the variously-spelled Everybist in Wasbister with husband Alexander and daughters Edith and Ivy.]

1914 February 25 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – PLOUGHING MATCH. – This match was held on the farm of Trumland on Wednesday last on a field kindly granted for the occasion by Mr Fred Inkster. The morning was fine, but threatening rain, and by 11 o’clock it broke out and turned out to be one of the worst days of the season. However, the ploughmen stuck pluckily to their work, and finished in the given time. The number of ploughs was not so large as in former years, but as many turned up as will enable the committee to obtain the Highland Society’s medal. The ploughmen were liberally supplied with refreshments on the field and after their work was done. The judges were Messrs Thomas Foubister, Hannatoft, and John Work, Caskald, Shapinsay, who awarded the prizes as follows: –

PLOUGHING. – 1 and Highland Society’s medal, John Craigie, Glebe; 2 Hugh Craigie, Swandale; 3 John Marwick, Westness; 4 John Gibson, Avelshay; 5 Albert Munro, Nearhouse; 6 Robert Seatter, Banks; 7 David Moar, Saviskaill; 8 William Logie, Scockness; 9 William Grieve, Knarston; 10 James Munro, Ervadale; 11 John Corsie, Trumland; 12 David Sinclair, Trumland; youngest ploughman, Wm. Logie; best feering and finish, John Craigie; straightest ploughing, John Craigie.

HARNESS. – 1 David Moar; 2 John Corsie; 3 William Logie; 4 Albert Munro; 5 Robert Seatter.

GROOMING. – 1 John Corsie; 2 David Sinclair; 3 Robert Seatter; 4 Wm. Logie; 5 Albert Munro; most valuable pair on field, John Corsie; best matched pair, John Corsie; best mare on field, Albert Munro.

In the evening the judges and a number of friends were entertained to an excellent dinner by Mrs Inkster and Miss Craigie, Trumland. Mr John Logie occupied the chair, and the duties of croupier were performed by Mr James S. Gibson. The usual loyal and patriotic toasts were given and responded to, and a pleasant evening spent. The committee take this opportunity of thanking the donors of the special prizes, and all those who subscribed to the funds of the association.

1914 March 18 Orkney Herald

WRECK OF THE STEAMER FAWN. – The steamer Fawn, belonging to the Orkney Steam Navigation Co., Ltd (Omond, master), was wrecked on the Holm of Boray, near Gairsay, on Saturday afternoon. She left Kirkwall about 2.30 p.m. for Rousay with passengers and a general cargo. One passenger was to be landed at Gairsay on the passage, and it was while this was being done that the mishap took place. The steamer had been brought near the Holm of Boray, and the tide set her on the rocks. As she was found to be damaged and to be making water, the passengers were landed on Gairsay. On the news of the accident reaching Kirkwall, the motor trading boat Good Shepherd, belonging to Mr D. Mackay, was dispatched to render assistance. She took the passengers from Gairsay to Rousay, and then returned to Kirkwall, reaching there about 1 a.m. on Sunday morning. On Sunday forenoon the Good Shepherd again proceeded to the scene of the wreck. The Fawn was then found to be so badly holed that she was abandoned by the crew, and the Good Shepherd brought them to Kirkwall. The Fawn had on board a considerable quantity of goods for merchants and others in the islands of Rousay, Egilshay, and Veira, a very small quantity of which had been saved. The salvage steamer Ocean Bride, with owner on board, arrived from Shetland yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon, where she had been salvaging the trawler Loch Broom. The owner of the Ocean Bride is to proceed to the Fawn tomorrow in the motor boat Morning Wreathe and inspect the vessel.

1914 April 8 Orkney Herald

NORTH ISLES DISTRICT COMMITTEE. – [At a meeting of the above committee in Kirkwall]….. The Clerk read a letter from Mr John Craigie, Triblo, Sourin, Rousay, with reference to the road from the public school to the hillside, and asking that a public road be made. The Clerk also read a letter from the Road Inspector for the island, referring to the condition of the road, and stating that he had formerly recommended that the road be remade under certain conditions. Mr Logie said the understanding when the road was originally made was that it would be kept up by the tenants. They had done so up to the passing of the Crofters Act, but the road had since been allowed to get into an impassable condition. At some places it was lower than the side drains. The water had been turned on the road, and it now resembled a water course. It would cost about £200 to put right, and the rental of the four or five places using it was only about £20. As the estate was on the verge of being sold, the management was not likely to spend anything on new roads. He suggested, however, that application be made to the Congested Districts Board for a grant, and that the estate be approached to see if they would do anything.

Mr Seatter said besides the places referred to by Mr Logie, other tenants used the road to go to the hill. Some of them had put some loads of shingle in the holes.

Mr Logie was asked to get particulars and to report…..

1914 April 29 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – SCHOOL BOARD. – The new School Board has been elected without a poll, and met for the first time on Friday, 24th inst. All the members were present, viz.: – Messrs Hugh Marwick, Guidal; William Grieve, Falldown; David Inkster, Furse; John Mainland, Westness; and Robert Seatter, Banks. Mr Marwick was unanimously appointed chairman, and the usual attendance and other committees were formed. Mr Seatter is the only new member, taking the place of Mr Pirie, who retires after a long service on the Board of over twenty years, during the greater part of which time he has been its chairman. He always took a deep interest and active part in all matters relating to the educational interests of the parish, and at the last meeting of the old Board the members recorded their high appreciation of his services to the Board and to the cause of education.

1914 May 6 Orkney Herald

NORTH ISLES DISTRICT COMMITTEE. – [During the next meeting of the above committee]….. The Clerk read a report from Mr Logie regarding the road between Sourin School and Hillside which had been petitioned for by a number of ratepayers in Rousay. There were also submitted resolutions from Rousay Parish Council and School Board in favour of the construction of the road. A plan was laid on the table showing the roads in the district. It was stated that the proprietors were against the proposal, but were willing to do as much as the people themselves would do to put the road in fair repair.

After some discussion it was agreed, on the motion of Mr Slater, seconded by Mr Swanson, to allow the petition to lie on the table till next meeting…..


DEATHS – INKSTER. – At the King Edward Memorial Hospital, Winnipeg, Canada, on April 28th, David Inkster, aged 26, youngest son of Hugh and Georgina Inkster, Rousay, and dearly loved husband of Helen Mainland. – Sadly missed and deeply mourned.

Praise God! the Shepherd is so sweet;
Praise God! the country is so fair;
We could not hold him from His feet;
We can but haste to meet him there.

[The Inkster family lived at Gorn and Hammer in Wasbister, later Knapper. David, the youngest of nine children, married Helen Mainland, Midskaill, Egilsay, in 1911. Two of David’s brothers, Robert and William, also went to Canada.]

1914 May 13 Orkney Herald

ARRIVAL OF THE CORNCRAKE. – The first or second week of May usually marks the advent of the corncrake to Orkney. Last Wednesday evening, about 11 o’clock, in the stillness of the night, the harsh but nevertheless welcome “crake-crake-crake” was borne across the water from the direction of Crowness, and distinctly heard at Kirkwall Pier. This solitary soloist has been heard on many occasions since. Whether in its migratory flight northwards it has been separated from its companions, or whether it is the first of its kind to waken from its winter’s sleep (many people still believe that this bird does not migrate but hibernates), we know not, but as yet no voice responsive has answered to the call notes.

1914 May 27 Orkney Herald

A male woodchat was seen in Westness Garden, Rousay, from 12th to 16th May – probably the same as was lately noticed by Mr John Gunn in his garden at Kirkwall. Also during the same few days a pair of common swifts were seen at Trumland, and remained for three days.

1914 July 1 Orkney Herald


The Archduke Francis Ferdinand, the heir to the throne of Austria-Hungary, and his morganatic wife, the Duchess of Hohenberg, were assassinated on Sunday.

The assassination took place at Sarajevo, the capital of Bosnia, which state, together with Herzegovina, was annexed by Austria-Hungary from Turkey in 1908. Bosnia, which is bounded on the south by Montenegro and Servia, has a large Slav population that is discontented with Austrian rule. The Archduke had paid no heed to warnings to him not to go to Bosnia on account of the disturbed state of the province. Anti-Austrian demonstrations were made before his arrival at Sarajevo on Saturday.

Two attempts were made to kill the Archduke and his wife at Sarajevo on Sunday. The first failed. The second was only too successful. A man of Servian nationality, living in Herzegovina, threw a bomb at the Archduke’s motor car in the street. The Archduke deflected the bomb with his arm. It fell to the ground and exploded. The heir to the throne and his wife escaped, but several other people were injured. A little while later the Archduke and his wife were driving to see the victims of the bomb explosion when a student, aged nineteen, fired at them with a Browning automatic pistol. Both were wounded and both died shortly afterwards.

The Archduke, who was aged fifty, was nephew of and heir to the Emperor Francis Joseph, who is aged eighty-three. His wife was formerly a Czech countess, Sophie Chotek. Both of them came to England recently on a visit to the King. They leave three young children, two boys and a girl. As the marriage was morganatic the new Heir-Presumptive is the Archduke Charles Francis Joseph, a grand-nephew of the Emperor and nephew of the Archduke Francis Ferdinand. He is aged twenty-six and is married.

[A morganatic marriage is a marriage between people of unequal social rank, which in the context of royalty prevents the passage of the husband’s titles and privileges to the wife and any children born of the marriage.

The archduke travelled to Sarajevo to inspect the imperial armed forces in Bosnia and Herzegovina, annexed by Austria-Hungary in 1908. The annexation had angered Serbian nationalists, who believed the territories should be part of Serbia. A group of young nationalists hatched a plot to kill the archduke during his visit to Sarajevo, and after some missteps, 19-year-old Gavrilo Princip was able to shoot the royal couple at point-blank range, while they traveled in their official procession, killing both almost instantly.

The assassination set off a rapid chain of events, as Austria-Hungary immediately blamed the Serbian government for the attack. As large and powerful Russia supported Serbia, Austria asked for assurances that Germany would step in on its side against Russia and its allies, including France and possibly Great Britain. On July 28, Austria-Hungary declared war on Serbia, and the fragile peace between Europe’s great powers collapsed, beginning the devastating conflict now known as the First World War.]

1914 July 8 Orkney Herald

AGRICULTURE. – Owing to wet weather, oats were not sown until the latter half of April. Cold weather and frosty mornings in May checked the growth of both grass and oats. The weather in June was dry but fine, and turnips were laid down in good order and are now being singled. Some fine showers and mild weather latterly have improved all the crops. There was little or no grub, and oats are now a fair good crop. Potatoes are a fair crop, and turnips are doing well. Hay is rather a light crop, but pastures are good and stock are thriving on them.

ROUSAY. – The sacrament of the Lord’s Supper was celebrated in Rousay Parish Church on Sunday, 21st June last, when the Rev. Alexander Spark preached from Acts xvi. 30 – “What must I do to be saved?” The world, he said, had two answers to that important question, viz.: – (1) Believe that you are saved, and you are saved; (2) Do nothing, and you are saved. These answers are manifestly erroneous. St Paul and St Silas gave a different reply to the Philippian jailor when they said, “Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” The spiritual life is a strenuous life – you must do or die. Faith has to run, to fight, to subdue the world, the flesh, and the devil, to final victory. On Sunday, 28th June, the Holy Communion was also celebrated in the Public School of Wasbister at 12 o’clock noon, when the Rev. A. Spark preached an appropriate sermon.

ORKNEY NOTES. – (From “The Scottish Smallholder”) – Last year the Land Court visited Orkney and disposed of a few applications for fair rents, but quite a number of cases remain still undisposed of. These are mostly new cases, due to the extension of crofters’ right from £30 to £50 of rental, consequently some interest is felt as to the result. In Orkney one effect of the Land Acts is that, so far as occupying proprietors are concerned, their taxes are considerably raised. There are quite a number of small occupying proprietors in many parishes, and while a crofter has his rent and taxes lowered on his improvements, an occupying proprietor, when he makes his place better, finds his valuation raised on that account. Taxes being based on the valuation, he has thus not only to pay for making his place better, but, on account of the general reduction in crofters’ rents, he must bear a larger proportion of the increased rates necessary to meet local requirements. This is manifestly unjust and is the cause of much grumbling. The remedy would appear to be in an adjustment of the basis of taxation. The present season has been a very good one for the Orcadian farmer. The last harvest was excellent and no one ever remembers better straw or grain. Foot and mouth disease in Ireland has heightened the price of store cattle, for which there is always a good demand in the Aberdeen market. A few small farmers go in for feeding and dispose of their cattle as stores. From the nature of the soil in Orkney, the change to other conditions makes them thrive exceedingly well in the south. Farmers and dealers from Aberdeen knowing this, frequently come north for a supply. Shipments are also made almost every week front Kirkwall and Stromness by farmers themselves or local dealers.

1914 July 15 Orkney Herald

From our advertising columns it will be seen that the s.s. Fawn will run a special excursion trip to Shapinsay on Saturday afternoon in connection with Paterson Church Sunday-school picnic.

[Earlier this year, in the March 18th edition of the Orkney Herald, it was stated that the s.s. Fawn had been ‘wrecked’ on the Holm of Boray, near Gairsay. Subsequent issues of the paper made no allusion as to the fate of the vessel. It was obviously not as badly damaged as first thought!]

1914 July 22 Orkney Herald

MYSTERIOUS AIRSHIP AT SANDAY. – Last Sunday evening, about 9.15 o’clock, Mr Thomas Drever, Colligarth, Sanday, observed a light well down on the skyline on the east side of the island, which he at first took for a particularly bright star. After looking at it for a few moments he came to the conclusion that it was moving towards him. It rapidly approached the island from the south-east until it was near his farm, about 500 feet or thereby overhead. It then stopped and began to circle in the direction of the doctor’s house and the East U.F. Church, the light at times being obscured. Gradually it came down until it was about 300 feet up. By this time a faint humming noise could be heard, and the beams of the light were visible to the naked eye. Mr Drever went into his house and brought out a night glass. Upon looking through the glass he could discern a dark mass above the light, which resembled a small cloud pointed at each end. After remaining a considerable time in the vicinity it mounted up to a great height and went out of sight to the southward shortly before midnight. Several people were with Mr Drever at the time, and all are firmly of opinion that it was a flying machine of some kind that they saw. The night was fine and clear, and the light was seen by people in other parts of the island. What the object of the visit was one can only surmise, but to the observers it appeared as if observations were being taken to verify the position of the airship. It will be remembered that some time ago mysterious lights were seen flickering over this island, as well as over other parts of the coasts of England and Scotland, which have never been clearly accounted for. On these occasions the lights were visible for only a brief period, but this time the visitant was seen for an hour and a half, which disposes of the idea that was first formed, that it was an aeroplane that was seen, as an aeroplane can only remain a short time in the air. An airship, and one that was well under control, might have been manoeuvred as the late visitor was, and is the most feasible conclusion that can be arrived at after hearing the evidence of those who were privileged to see it.



493 MEN O’ WAR.

The great mobilisation of the Home Fleet which is intended as a test of the navy’s preparedness, began last week at Spithead [in the Solent between Portsmouth and the Isle of Wight]. No fewer than 493 warships of all classes will be fully manned until July 25, when the reservists will return to their shore occupations. This is the largest fleet that has ever gone to sea. Added interest is given by the fact that the King – who, of course, is himself a sailor – and the Prince of Wales, are present, and on Monday the King in person led his fleet out to sea…..

The composition of the mobilised fleet is as follows: – Eight battle squadrons of 35 ships. – One battle cruiser squadron of four ships. – Eight cruiser squadrons of 20 armoured and ten protected cruisers. – One light cruiser squadron of six ships. – One training squadron of seven large but old protected cruisers. – One mine-layer squadron of seven ships. – Thirteen torpedo flotillas of 187 destroyers and 83 torpedo boats. – Nine flotillas of 59 submarines.

In addition to the above there are various cruisers attached to the battle squadrons and to the destroyer flotillas, gunboats, repair ships, depot ships, etc., the whole bringing the total up to the unprecedented total of 493 fully-manned warships. Nearly 14,000 men of the Royal Fleet Reserve reported themselves at the naval depots at Portsmouth, Chatham, and Devonport. Every available officer and man is withdrawn from the educational establishments – the gunnery, torpedo, navigation, and signalling schools, and the War College – and almost the whole of our naval forces in home waters is fully manned and placed – nominally at all events – on a war footing…..

1914 August 5 Orkney Herald

In our last issue we published a telegram from Vienna, received shortly before we went to press, to the effect that Austria had declared war against Servia. Confirmation soon followed, and it was assumed that if the war went on Russia would intervene in support of Servia, in which event there was great danger of all the Great Powers being involved. Diplomacy has endeavoured to preserve peace and to limit the area of war. Sir Edward Grey invited the support of the independent Powers – Germany, France, and Italy – in this endeavour. France and Italy readily accepted, but Germany refused, recommending instead direct negotiations between Russia and Austria-Hungary. This recommendation, the sincerity of which was rather doubted, and the negotiations that followed it, failed; so did Sir Edward Grey’s direct appeal to the Powers; and to-day we stand on the brink of what, unless something stops the drama, will be the most awful tragedy in the history of the world…..



France, Russia, and Germany are now at war, as well as Austria and Servia. France has been invaded at three points by German forces. Russia has crossed the German borders at two places and some firing has taken place.

A report was circulating in London on Sunday evening that there had been an engagement between two fleets in the North Sea about 70 miles off. The supposition was that the British Navy had encountered the German Fleet, which was reported on Saturday to be off the coast of Norway, but the report was without foundation.

In the event of a war there is in Britain a supply of wheat which will last four months. The supply of meat is sufficient for a month.

A curious feature of Germany’s war with France is that the latter Government received an ultimatum. On Saturday the period of its expiry was reported to have extended to noon on Monday. Nevertheless, French territory was violated.

The King, in view of the financial crisis, has proclaimed a partial moratorium.

The Bank of England raised its official rate of discount to 10 per cent., the highest since 1866. This advance appears to have checked the gold efflux to the Continent.

It is stated in some quarters that the Bank Act will be suspended in the immediate future.

The National Penny Bank suspended payment on Saturday owing to inability to realise securities.

Two British vessels – one a liner and the other a cargo steamer – have been seized by the Germans.




It is officially announced this (Wednesday) morning that Germany has declared war against Britain, and that the British Ambassador at Berlin has been handed his passports.


CALLING UP THE NAVAL RESERVE. – On Sunday a proclamation was issued calling up the Naval Reserve men. At Kirkwall the Custom House was busy sending out notices to the men, and in the afternoon a considerable number of the men reported themselves, a good many being hands on board fishing boats and drifters which were in the harbour at the time. On one drifter only two hands were left. From another, it is said, all the hands were taken except one young lad, and he, refusing to be left behind, joined the Reserve. Some others also enlisted. These men were sent off on Monday morning for Portsmouth, receiving hearty cheers when they drove away from the Custom House for Scapa. During Monday a number of Reserve men arrived from Burray, where nearly all the young fishermen are members of the Reserve. Others came in from different parts of the county during the day; and in the afternoon the Orcadia brought a large number from Stronsay, where a number of drifters and fishing boats were lying. They had a magnificent send-off from Stronsay. The pier was crowded with onlookers, who climbed on the roofs of the sheds and occupied every point from which the departing steamer could be seen. The Orcadia moved off amid loud cheers and the blowing of the whistles of nearly two hundred drifters. At Kirkwall the Customs officials were kept busy during the day, and on Tuesday morning the men who had reported themselves on Monday left amid cheers for Scapa. Orkney is in the Portsmouth division, and most of the men were sent to Portsmouth.


ROUSAY – PRESENTATION TO TEACHER. – On Wednesday the 15th July a deputation of young men waited on Miss [Lydia] Baikie, teacher, Sourin, and presented her with an Orkney chair and a carving set as a token of their esteem. Mr Grieve, in a few appropriate words, made the presentation, and Miss Baikie suitably replied. The company was afterwards entertained to tea in the Schoolhouse, and spent a very pleasant evening.

1914 August 12 Orkney Herald


An addition of 100,000 men to His Majesty’s Regular Army is immediately necessary in the present grave National Emergency. Lord Kitchener is confident that this appeal will be at once responded to by all those who have the safety of our Empire at heart.

General Service for a period of 3 years or until the war is concluded.
Age of Enlistment between 19 and 30.

Full information can be obtained at any Post Office in the Kingdom
or at any Military Depot.



MOBILISATION OF ORKNEY TERRITORIALS. – It is now permissible to put on record one or two matters in connection with precautionary measures taken locally. War was declared by Austria against Servia on Tuesday the 28th July. On the evening of the following day orders were received at Kirkwall for the special service sections of the Orkney Territorial Artillery to proceed to certain stations. They were at once called out, and the men assembled with the greatest alacrity and enthusiasm at their halls. A volunteer readily came forward to take the place of one man who was on the sick list. By eight o’clock next morning all the sections were at their appointed stations. On Sunday morning, the 2nd inst., orders were received to embody the remainder of the corps. In some cases the intimation to assemble was made from church pulpits. The Kirkwall companies and some sections from other companies assembled at Kirkwall that day, and two detachments left for their stations, but were recalled until the following day. On Monday and Tuesday the remainder of the officers and men reached Kirkwall; and when the order for mobilisation came the Orkney Territorials were practically ready, and were probably the first unit in the Kingdom to complete their mobilisation.

1914 August 19 Orkney Herald

ORKNEY AND THE WAR. – Heavy firing was heard off the Orkneys on several days last week, and there were reports of damaged ships being seen. No vessel of the kind was brought into any Orkney harbour, nor is any reported to have been brought into any port further south. A number of German trawlers were again seized and sunk, and their crews landed at East Coast ports, about 120 being landed at Fort George alone on Thursday.

The Emergency Hospital is now fully equipped and organised. Liberal donations in money and material have been received. One small island sent £10. The Red Cross flag is now flying over the Burgh School.

To the National Relief Fund the people of Orkney appear to be subscribing very handsomely. From one of the North Isles £50 has already been forwarded.

1914 September 9 Orkney Herald

RETIREMENT OF THE REV. A. IRVINE PIRIE FROM ROUSAY, AND PRESENTATION. – The United Free Church Congregation of Rousay gathered in full strength on Sunday night to say farewell to their revered minister who is now retiring from the active duties of the ministry. Trumland Church was filled to overflowing from all the districts of Rousay, Egilshay, and Veira. Mr Pirie conducted the service, and selected for his text the words, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God, and the Communion of the Holy Ghost be with you all.” At the close of an impressive service, Mr John Inkster, one of the elders, was appointed chairman. Mr Inkster explained the purpose of the meeting, and then called upon Mr John Logie, Congregational Treasurer.

Mr Logie thereupon addressed Mr Pirie as follows: –

“Mr Pirie, on behalf of the United Free Church congregation of Rousay, a duty falls to me to fulfil – a very pleasant duty in so far as it is a recognition of faithful service, but a duty which is touched with sorrow owing to the fact that that service is drawing to a close. We meet here to-day on the eve of your retirement from the active ministry of this church, and the congregation desires to express to you in some tangible form their high esteem of the long service you have rendered and at the same time to record their deep regret that advancing years have rendered it necessary to seek retirement from such active work. Your ministry in the island extends over the long period of 31 years, and looking back over these happy years, many events and experiences rise before the mind in which you have taken a prominent part. If we think first of the public life of the community, we recognise how you have identified yourself with every movement for the good of the people. As Chairman of the School Board for over 20 years, as one of the promoters and supporters of our Medical Association, and as an active helper in kindred movements, you have borne a worthy share of the public responsibilities of your time. Your counsel and support in these matters will be greatly missed. But we are concerned to-day more particularly with your work as our minister and much as your labours in material things are valued, we naturally value more highly still the services you have rendered for the spiritual good of our island. Your chief concern has been to maintain and strengthen the cause of religion, and your ministrations both in the pulpit and in the homes of your congregation have been marked by spiritual emotions and zeal. During your ministry there have been many changes in the island and in the congregation. In the U. P. Church, before the union with the Free Church, you will call to mind many familiar faces which have disappeared. Your first session has nearly wholly been replaced by new men. The same may be said of the congregation to-day. Since you came to us the Hymnal has been introduced, and an organ which has greatly improved the attractiveness of our service. A new epoch has also been created by the union of the United Presbyterian and Free Church Congregations in Rousay. You have filled the pulpit as the minister of the united congregation. During the delicate and intricate work of the union your wise counsel was a great help in carrying out the union to a successful issue, and the united church has thriven under your ministry. Notwithstanding the fact that the population of our parish has, since you came to us, fallen 5.12ths yet the membership of the congregation has been well maintained. The church property has been much improved, and it is largely due to your efforts that the present efficient organisation of the congregation obtains. We also recognise and emphasize as an outstanding characteristic of your labours an evident spirit making for peace and harmony. During these many years no jarring note has entered into the relations of pastor and people, which is largely due to the wisdom, tact, and gracious forbearance which you always displayed. In all your labours for the good of the people you have been faithfully helped by your devoted and esteemed partner in life, who has graciously presided over your home, and sympathetically entered into every effort of your ministry. We have seen your family growing up amongst us, and have watched with pride their school and college career. They will always be remembered amongst us by their Christian names: it is a joy to us, as it must be to yourself to-day, to see them now settled in their various callings. It is a regret to us all that these many rich associations are about to be interrupted by your removal from our midst. We follow you and Mrs Pirie into your retirement with every good wish, and our prayers are that rest may bring you a measure of renewed strength, and that you may be spared to enjoy many happy years together yet. If you or any of your family are able to return to visit our island home you may be sure that a hearty welcome will always be extended to you. I have now, on behalf of the congregation, to present you with this purse of sovereigns as a mark of our great esteem for you and yours. We wish you to purchase from this purse two easy chairs for yourself and Mrs Pirie, and hope that they will minister to your comfort in the coming years. I also ask you to accept this address along with this purse.”

Mr Logie then presented Mr Pirie with a handsome address from the office-bearers and congregation, and a purse of money.

Mr Pirie feelingly replied. He did not know how to find words to express his feelings. Mr Logie’s all too-flattering words, and these kind and valuable gifts made speech difficult. He thanked them for their great kindness to himself and his family. He referred to the many changes that had taken place in their congregational life during his ministry. His life in Rousay had been rendered very happy because of the great continued kindness of all the people. He felt he had failed in many ways, and he had not reached his ideals; but if he had his ministry to begin again he would be delighted to spend another thirty one years amongst them. He said he wished specially to thank the section of the congregation which was formerly Free Church for their loyalty to the Church and kindness to himself and family. He hoped the congregation would soon be in a position to call a junior colleague, and that days of spiritual blessing and prosperity awaited them in the future. If his health continued fairly good he hoped to return to see them in Rousay, and so he was not to bid them a final farewell. He thanked them on behalf of his family as well as for himself for that beautiful address and valuable present.

1914 September 30 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – AGRICULTURAL SOCIETY – SMALL HOLDINGS COMPETITION. – The awards of the judges in the competition held under the scheme of the Board of Agriculture for Scotland for the best managed crofts in the Rousay Show area, have now come to hand, and the following are the prize-winners: – Class II. – Crofts under 15 acres – 1st prize (£3), Charles B. Logie, No. 1, Brinian [Breek]; 2nd prizes (£2 each), Samuel Inkster, No. 4, Brinian [Cott], and Craigie Marwick, Braes, Sourin; 3rd prizes (£1 each), John Harrold, Springfield, Sourin, and William Grieve, Upper Knarston, Sourin. Class III. – Over 15 acres – 1st prize (£4), David Gibson, Hullion. Frotoft; 3rd prize (£2), Robert Inkster, Cogar, Wasbister. Under the rule that the competitor must reside on the holding, one had to be disqualified. The judge was Mr A. Kemp. B.Sc. (Agri.), North of Scotland College of Agriculture.

1914 October 28 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY. – The Harvest Thanksgiving was celebrated in Rousay Parish Church on Sunday, 25th inst , when the Rev. Alex. Spark preached an appropriate sermon from St Matt. xiii. 39 – “The harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.” A special collection was made for the Belgian Relief Fund, which amounted to ten shillings. It was forwarded to the secretary.

1914 November 4 Orkney Herald

Your King and Country
need another
100,000 Men.

In the present grave national emergency another 100,000 men are needed
at once to rally round the Flag and add to the ranks of our New Armies.

Terms of Service
(Extension of Age Limit.)

Age on enlistment 19 to 38. Ex-Soldiers up to 45. Minimum height 5 ft. 4 ins. except
for ex-soldiers and those units for which special standards are authorised.
Must be medically fit. General Service for the War.

Men enlisting for the duration of the War will be able to claim their discharge,
with all convenient speed, at the conclusion of the War.

Pay at Army Rates

Married men or Widowers with Children will be accepted, and if at the time of
enlistment they sign the necessary form, Separation Allowance under Army
conditions will be issued at once to the wife or other dependents.

How to Join.

Men wishing to join should apply in person at any Military Barrack
or at any Recruiting Office. The address of the latter can be
obtained from Post Offices or Labour Exchanges.

God Save the King.



Sons of the Isles, awake!
Throw off your sloth and take
Your place beside your brothers in the battle.
This is no time to bide –
Your country’s call denied –
Skulking at home amid your soul-less cattle.
This earth on which you tread,
This soil that gives you bread
Lies bare to Heaven to-day; but deep thereunder
The ashes of your sires,
With unforgotten fires,
Stir to the trumpet’s call, the battle’s thunder.
Your souls to Heaven lie bare;
Is there no quickening there?
Has the old Viking valour sunk and dwindled!
Have loyalty and pride
And love of freedom died
Leaving no spark that yet may be rekindled?
Sons of the men who spread
Through all the seas the dread,
The wonder of their fierce, wide-flighted ravens,
Will you besmirch with shame
The glory of their name,
Standing before the world, shirkers and cravens?
What! – will you idly stand
When this, our native land
Sees her fierce foemen pressing hard upon her?
Will you for ease or gold
The aid she asks with-hold
And live the long years darkened by dishonour?
Her sons go forth to fight
For God and for the right:
To die if need be in their high endeavour.
Ah! happiest they of all
Who thus in fighting fall,
And – dying, win a deathless name for ever.
Sons of the Isles, to arms!
Leave now your fields and farms,
Answer the call: “Your King and Country need you.”
Now in your strength and youth
For Freedom and for Truth
Fare forth, – and may the God of Battles speed you!

2nd November 1914.


1914 November 25 Orkney Herald

The young men of Orkney are to be congratulated on the manner in which they are now responding to their country’s call. During the past week or ten days they have come forward in satisfactory numbers, not only for the local Territorial Artillery (which still requires some men to reach its establishment), but for the new Army (mostly the Seaforth Highlanders), and the Navy. The meetings which are presently being held throughout the county, and the other steps that are being taken to secure recruits, are thus proving successful in bringing home to the young men the responsibility that rests on them in this crisis. More men are wanted, and still more men will be needed before the war is brought to a satisfactory end. None of us supposes for a moment that Germany can win. If she did, our free and liberal institutions and system of government would be worthless. We must therefore each do our part and ask others to do theirs to bring this war to such an end that the nightmare of militarism will be lifted from Europe, treaties respected, the independence of the smaller nations secured, and the rights and liberties of the peoples safeguarded.



CALL TO ROUSAY CONGREGATION. – The first business [of the meeting held last Wednesday] was the call by the congregation of Rousay to Mr James Alexander Matheson, M.A. Mr MacLaren, who is moderator in the vacancy, said the call was perfectly harmonious and unanimous. There was a very good meeting of congregation considering the weather, and all present signed. The call was now signed by nine elders, five deacons, and between 150 and 160 members. Commissioners were appended to support the call before the Presbytery. Mr Logie would also have been present but for a previous engagement. Mr George Gibson, for the session, said the call was very unanimous. There were a number of old people in scattered districts who were unable to attend the meeting, but many of them had signed mandates in favour of Mr Matheson. He hoped the settlement would be proceeded with as soon as possible. There was not the slightest doubt Mr Matheson would receive a hearty welcome from the congregation. Mr Sinclair, the representative of the Deacon’s Court, was unable to be present. Mr David Gibson, for the congregation, said there was not a dissenting voice at the meeting. Mr Anderson, in moving that the call be sustained, said it was very gratifying to hear so satisfactory a report from Rousay. The congregation was to be congratulated on the perfect harmony that prevailed. Mr Cheyne, in seconding, said it was a matter of great satisfaction to the Presbytery that during the last few weeks three vacancies had been filled up, and in each case with complete unanimity. The motion was agreed to, and it was intimated that Mr Matheson had written that he would accept the call if it was placed in his hands.

1914 December 2 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – COMFORTS FOR THE FLEET. – Mrs Hadley, who for several seasons has resided at Westness House, made an appeal to the ladies of Rousay to do some knitting for the navy, offering to supply all the wool required. The appeal was heartily responded to and the following young ladies were appointed for the several districts, to distribute the wool and to collect the knitted articles – Frotoft district, Miss [Isabella] Craigie, Post Office; Brinian, Miss Cecilia Logie; Sourin, Miss [Jessie] Marwick, Scockness; Wasbister, Miss [Maggie Jessie] Inkster, Cogar. According to instructions from Mrs Hadley, Miss Craigie has now forwarded to the Fleet the first consignment of knitted articles, which consisted of 52 pairs of socks, 13 mufflers, and 11 pairs of mittens. We may mention that several of the knitters supplied their own wool. One Rousay gentleman who had never done any knitting before, learned to knit, and sent a beautiful muffler done by himself. Here is a tip for others to follow in their spare time during the long winter evenings.

1914 December 9 Orkney Herald

RESTRICTIONS ON LIGHTING IN ORKNEY. – By authority of the Admiral Commanding the Orkneys and Shetland, the following restrictions on the use of lights throughout the County of Orkney, exclusive of the Burghs of Kirkwall and Stromness, have been made under the Defence of the Realm Regulations 1914: – No lights are to be visible from the outside of any building after dark. If curtains and blinds do not fulfil these conditions, shutters are to be placed. Any working of a window-blind or shutter, or any means whereby a light is shewn intermittently, is strictly prohibited. No unscreened lantern, torch, or any form of light is to be carried by any person after dark. Should it be necessary to use any light to visit any barns, outbuildings, or farm stock, such light is to be carefully screened. Youths and children are especially warned against displaying electric torches. No persons are to loiter about near the sea coast, or near the telegraph wires after dark. No boats are to move about in the harbours, bays, or creeks after dark. They are liable to be fired upon if they do so.

THE AMERICAN SANTA CLAUS SHIP. – As our readers are aware the children of the United States have sent a cargo of Christmas presents to children of the belligerent nations in Europe. These gifts are intended primarily for children made orphans by the war, but it would seem probable that the response to the American newspapers who initiated the scheme has been so generous that there will also be gifts for all Belgian children in this country, and for the children of many non-commissioned officers and men at the front, and of sailors on active service. The age limit has been taken at 16 for girls and 14 for boys. As will be seen from an advertisement in another column, Mr D. J. Robertson, solicitor, Kirkwall, is asking information as to those in Orkney who are eligible to receive these gifts.

ROUSAY – COMFORTS FOR THE NAVY – A CORRECTION. – Last week, in reporting the knitting being done for the Navy on Mrs Hadley’s behalf, we reported Miss Craigie as having handed in her first instalment of 52 pairs of socks, 13 mufflers, and 11 pairs of mittens. The actual amount handed in by Miss Craigie was as follows: – 52 pairs of socks, 17 mufflers, and 13 pairs of mitts.

CHRISTMAS DINNER FOR THE SOLDIERS AT THE FRONT. – Mr James Christie, game and poultry merchant, Glasgow, is endeavouring to send a supply of poultry for a Christmas dinner for the soldiers in the fighting line. Mr Christie, who is one of the largest poultry farmers in Scotland, is heading himself the list with a donation of 50 turkeys. He aims at handing over to the War Office on 18th December 50,000 head of poultry, which will provide a Christmas dinner for 200,000 soldiers. The merchants in Rousay have taken up the matter on his behalf, and are making a collection of poultry from their customers. We are pleased to state that a hearty response is being given to the appeals. Next week we hope to publish the exact numbers of poultry forwarded from Rousay and Veira.

WAR COMMITTEE. – A meeting of the War Committee was held at Trumbland House on Monday, 30th ult., at 12 noon, Mr Logie, Convener of the Committee, presiding. In reviewing the whole matter of recruiting, it was found that quite a number of young men from Rousay and Veira were already serving either with the regulars or Territorials, and at present there were very few available men as recruits without seriously affecting the farming community. The Committee then drew up a list of all the men between the ages of 18 and 38, single and married. The list has been forwarded to Sheriff Mercer, and in the case of the married men the number in their families and their circumstances are given in an explanatory note accompanying the list. In the unavoidable absence of Mr Hendrie, the Committee was unable to send a list from Egilshay. However, a similar list will be forwarded at some early date.

1914 December 16 Orkney Herald

ORDINATION OF THE REV. JAMES A. MATHESON, M.A. – The ordination and induction of the Rev. James A. Matheson, M.A., as colleague and successor to the Rev. Alex. Irvine Pirie took place last Wednesday. The Orkney U. F. Presbytery and Rousay congregation met at noon in the Ritchie Church, where there was a remarkably large attendance considering the very stormy weather. The following members of Presbytery were present: – The Rev. Messrs Cheyne, MacLaren, Muirhead, Steen, MacLeod (ministers), and Mr John Logie (elder). After an inspiring sermon by Mr Cheyne, St Andrews, the Rev. Mr MacLaren, moderator of vacancy, explained the steps leading to the election of Mr Matheson. Thereafter the ordination and induction was proceeded with by the Rev. Mr Muirhead, of Stromness. The Rev. Mr MacLeod, of Orphir, suitably addressed minister and congregation. At the close the congregation very heartily welcomed their new pastor, and a brief meeting of session was convened for the same purpose.

The Presbytery were afterwards entertained to dinner at the manse. In addition to the members of Presbytery, there were also present Mr George Gibson, Avelshay, session clerk; Mr John Inkster, Housebay; and Mr Alexander Grieve, Nethermill (elders).

In the evening a very enjoyable social meeting was held, a feature of the entertainment being the excellent music rendered by a special choir which Mr William Grieve, precentor, conducted. Solos, &c., were contributed by Miss Craigie and Miss Grieve, Mrs Grieve and Miss Reid, Miss Grieve and Miss Craigie, Miss Taylor, Miss Gibson. The Rev. D. MacLaren and Mr Wm. Grieve added greatly to the pleasure of all present, and the several songs, by quartettes and double quartettes, were much appreciated. The first part of the meeting was presided over by the Rev. D. A. MacLaren, who delivered a thoroughly appreciated address to the assemblage. Speeches by Mr Alex. Grieve and Mr John Inkster, members of session, contributed greatly to the entertainment.

Towards the close of this part of the meeting, Mr John Logie, Trumland, with choice and kind remarks, welcomed Mr Matheson as their minister, and on behalf of the congregation presented him with a handsome timepiece as a token of respect and best wishes, and expressed the hope that he would be long spared to carry on the pastoral work of the congregation which he had begun that day. Mr Matheson expressed his sincere gratitude to the congregation for their gift, and indicated his sense of responsibility in undertaking the work of the congregation.

During an interval, cake, fruit, &c., were liberally served to the company.

Mr Matheson afterwards took the chair, and before announcing the second part of the programme, read a kind letter from the senior colleague, the Rev. A. Irvine Pirie, who regretted his inability to be present, and wished them all success. An excellent speech by the Rev. A. Spark of the Established Church was listened to with keen delight, if we may judge from the frequent laughter and applause.

After a rendering by the choir, Mr Logie, Trumland, again rose on behalf of the congregation to thank the Rev. Mr MacLaren for the valuable services he had rendered the congregation as moderator of session during the last three months, and presented him with a fine telescope. Mr Logie said: –

“A few months ago I was asked by the congregation to make a presentation to our senior minister. Then, that pleasant duty was marred by a sense of sorrow, seeing that his long and faithful work amongst us was drawing to a close. To-night there is no feeling of that kind; on the contrary, we are here to welcome our new minister. To-day we have created a new epoch in the history of the congregation – this is our first call since the union of Trumland and Ritchie congregations, and I am glad to say it has been hearty and unanimous. When, you, Mr MacLaren, were appointed moderator of session we had every confidence that you would carry through the work appointed to you. We recognise that owing to the war matters were rendered more difficult in keeping up regular pulpit supply. Yet, notwithstanding, you were able to bring men forward in time. You responded heartily to every wish of the congregation, and guided us by your knowledge of church matters to the present successful consummation of the work entrusted to you. I now ask you, in the name of the congregation, to accept this telescope as a token of our respect and appreciation of the valuable services you have rendered the congregation as Moderator of Session. We esteem these services very highly, and feel indebted to you for all the trouble you have taken in connection with this important work.”

Mr MacLaren thanked the congregation for their very kind gift, and said he would remember the important occasion and the pleasant work he had had in connection with the gift, and would keep it in memory of this evening. He already had in his house a telescope, a very valuable one, not on account of its usefulness, but of its antiquity. It belonged to the pirate Gow, who was captured by James Fea at Carrick, Eday, 17th Feb. 1725, and through Mr Fea had come into his wife’s family. With this telescope he would now be able to keep an eye on Rousay.

After votes of thanks to all those who had contributed in any way to the evening’s entertainment, the meeting was brought to a close by the singing of the National Anthem.


ROUSAY – The following is a list of the poultry collected in Rousay, to be sent for Christmas dinners to our soldiers at the front: – Miss Cooper, Hanover, 1 hen; Mr P. Lyon. Ervadale, 1 goose; Mr Munro, Classiquoy, 1 hen; Mr Munro, Old School, 1 ditto; Mr Craigie, Swandale, 1 do.; Mr Grieve, Falldown, 1 do.; Mr Linklater, Curquoy, 1 do.; Mr Costie, Kingerley, 2 do.; Mr Inkster, Woo, 2 do.; Mr Grieve, Upper Knarston, 1 do.; Mr Marwick, Braes, 2 do.; Mr Corsie, Faro, 1 do.; Mr Logie, Myres, 2 ducks; Mr Gibson, Broland, 2 ducks and 1 hen; Miss Marwick, Scockness, 2 hens; Mrs Scott Lopness, 1 do.; Mrs Seatter, Banks, 2 do.; Mrs Craigie, Breck, 1 do; Mrs Gibson, Faraclett, 1 goose; Mr Jas. Gibson, Pow, 2 hens; Mr P. Mainland, Gorehouse, 1 duck; Miss Leonard, Quoys, 1 hen; Mrs Gibson, Bigland, 2 hens; Mrs Sabiston, Gripps, 1 duck; Mrs Craigie, Triblo, 2 hens; Mrs Gibson, Oldman, 2 do.; Mrs McKay, Cruseday, 1 do.; Mrs Moar, Saviskaill, 1 do.; Mrs Harrold, Springfield, 1 do. – Collected by Mr Thos. Work, Manager, Co-operative Society, Rousay. Mrs Craigie, Deithe, 1 fowl; Mrs Marwick, Grain, 1 do.; Mrs Louttit, Westside, 1 do.; Mrs Mainland, Westness, 2 do.; Mr Craigie, Corse, 2 do.; Mrs Robertson, Banks, 2 do.; Mrs Craigie, Veira Lodge, 2 do.; Mrs Sinclair, Newhouse, 2 do.; Mrs Gibson, Hullion, 2 do.; Miss Craigie, Post Office, 1 do.; Mrs Craigie, No. 3, Frotoft, 1 do.; Mrs Gibson, Avelshay, 2 do.; Mrs Reid, Wasdale, 1 do.; Mrs Shearer, Eastcray, 1 do.; Mrs Inkster, Furse, 2 do. – Collected by D. Gibson, merchant, Rousay.

1914 December 23 Orkney Herald



William Glen

Robert Costie.

James Irvine

Dr George Pirie

William Cooper – George Inkster

Archibald Glen – David W. Munro

Robert Inkster

George Sinclair – James Craigie – Magnus Craigie – Frederick Craigie
James Clouston – Peter Louttit – James Flaws – George Mainland

David Marwick

2.67 per cent. of population.


ROUSAY – COMFORTS FOR H.M. NAVY. – A second consignment of knitted garments has been sent by Miss Craigie to the Navy. The Frotoft list up to date consists of 44 pairs of socks, 13 mufflers, 8 pairs of cuffs and mittens. Brinian list (collected by Miss C. Logie) – 27 pairs of socks, 13 mufflers, 9 pairs of mittens. Miss Inkster has sent in the first consignment from Wasbister, consisting of 24 pairs of socks, 7 mufflers, 10 pairs of mittens. Miss Craigie received a letter of thanks for the first consignment of goods, which is appended: – “H.M.S. Cyclops, Nov. 27, 1914. – Dear Madam, – The parcel of knitted garments reached me to-day, and, on behalf of the men in the Fleet, I beg to tender my sincere thanks to you all who have contributed. – Yours truly, P. T. SUTCLIFFE.”

EGILSHAY. – In response to a request by Mrs Wason, a quantity of knitted goods, &c., was sent last week. Material and work were the people’s own – the little girl at school, and an aged widow, nearly 86, and now blind for some time, contributing; also, the young men appointed several of their number to collect subscriptions for a Christmas gift, which amounted to £4 17s 6d.



No merry Christmas time,
Nor joyous, glad New Year,
But holocaust of War,
‘Mongst nations far and near.
The angels’ song of Peace
Seems like a distant cry;
Goodwill is hid by hate,
And war clouds hide the sky.
But hope still holds its sway,
Peace yet shall lift her voice;
Justice shall yet prevail,
Peace be the people’s choice.
Right – not Might – our banner,
Truth blazoned on its shield,
Be bravely held aloft
On sea and battlefield.


1914 December 30 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – COMFORTS FOR THE FLEET. – Miss Marwick, Scockness, has sent in from Sourin a first consignment of knitted garments for the Fleet, consisting of: – 35 pairs of socks (also 3 pairs not yet received), 10 mufflers, 16 pairs of mittens, and 3 jerseys.

GIFTS FOR THE TROOPS. – With the assistance of a handsome donation from the island of Egilshay, Mrs Cathcart Wason has been enabled to send to our soldiers at the front 10,000 cigarettes and a quantity of chocolate.