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1917 January 3 Orkney Herald



The following messages have been sent by the King to his soldiers and sailors, and to the sick and wounded: – I send you, my sailors and soldiers, hearty good wishes for Christmas and the New Year. My grateful thoughts are ever with you for victories gained, for hardships endured, and for your unfailing cheeriness. Another Christmas has come round, and we are still at war, but the Empire, confident in you, remains determined to win. May God bless and protect you. – GEORGE R.I.



At this Christmastide the Queen and I are thinking more than ever of the sick and wounded among my sailors and soldiers. From our hearts we wish them strength to bear their sufferings, speedy restoration to health, peaceful Christmas, and many happier years to come. – GEORGE R.I.

[As the war continues and due to the shortage of paper, the Orkney Herald has gone from eight, to six, and now just four pages per issue.]

1917 January 10 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – CONCERT. – On the evening of Friday the 5th inst., a most enjoyable concert was held in the Frotoft Public School. The children, under the leadership of their teacher, Miss Hourston, left nothing to be desired in the rendering of the several items on the programme, showing that much time had been spent both by teacher and scholar in training. The adult part of the programme was also thoroughly enjoyed by all present. The night being an ideal one the school-room was crowded, and all present agreed the concert was one of the most successful entertainments ever held in this schooI. The duties of the chairman were ably performed by the Rev. J. A. Matheson. During an interval in the programme, tea was served by the committee, to whom much credit is due. The object of the concert was to raise funds to purchase wool for knitting socks for the soldiers, and it is very gratifying to state that the sum of £4 5s 3d was collected. At the close of the programme, hearty votes of thanks were accorded to the chairman, committee, and all those who had helped to make the concert a success. The evening’s entertainment was brought to a close by the singing of “God Save the King.” Mrs Inkster acted as accompanist during the evening. Annexed is the programme: –

Recitation, “Ring out the Old,” Alice Logie; song, “Gallant Little Belgium,” scholars; recitation, “Choosing a Trade,” six boys; song, “Heave the Anchor,” Billy Gibson and Hugh Inkster; song, “Jolly Little Clacker,” scholars; recitation, “Courtship and Marriage,” Miss Peggy Sutherland; solo, “White Wings,” Miss L. Low; violin selections, Gunner Sabiston and Mrs Craigie; dialogue, “Mothers at Home,” school girls; duet, “My Nut Brown Maiden,” Marjorie Gibson and M. and L. Craigie; recitation, “Seein’ Things at Night,” J. Gibson; solo, “Where my Caravan has Rested,” Miss Hourston; recitation, “Johnnie’s Birthday,” Tom and Annie Sinclair; solo and chorus, “Hearts of Oak,” J. Sinclair and scholars; interval and tea; solo, “Comin’ thro’ the Rye,” Jessie Mainland; recitation, “Public School Idyll,” John Logie; song, “If you are a Dunce,” scholars; recitation, “Camperdown,” Mr Jas. Low; solo, “The Poacher,” Mr John Gibson; violin selections, Mr Geo. Sabiston; dialogue, “The Registry Office,” the committee; song, “The Merry Sailors,” scholars; solo, “Ten Thousand Miles Away,” Mr Chas. Flett; recitation, “When I am big like Pa,” David Gibson; solo, “Ca’ the Ewes,” Miss M. Mainland; song, “Wynken, Blynken, and Nod,” scholars; recitation, “Advice to Mother,” Kathleen Gibson; duet, “What are the Wild Waves Saying?” Mrs Inkster and Miss Hourston; solo and chorus, “Tramp, Tramp, Tramp,” Harry Logie and scholars; solo, “Keep the Home Fires Burning,” Miss Cooper; song, “We are Little Soldiers,” little boys; dialogue, “The New Year,” senior boys; solo, “The Auld Scotch Sangs,” Miss J. Harrold; song, “Goodnight, Ladies,” scholars; “God Save the King.”

1917 January 24 Orkney Herald


40 Grosvenor Road, S.W.,
January 1917.


Great firms and corporations have come to the assistance of their country by subscribing liberally to the great War Loan, but if the hearts of the people are not touched, and they fail to realise that not only our liberty but our very existence is at stake, the War may be protracted until universal exhaustion.

Every Parish might make a house-to-house visit to explain the Loan and to collect every penny possible to be invested for the common good of the Parish.

Every teaching of our beloved Master has been spat on and treated with contemptuous indifference, and Ministers of religion might rouse their congregations to a sense of their individual responsibility, and, in helping the War Loan, help the Parish. Schoolmasters and mistresses might tell their pupils of Armageddon and of the hundreds of thousands of defenceless women and little children, once enjoying homes as happy as theirs, foully butchered to make a German holiday, and enlist their sympathies for a great local effort.

REMEMBER we are dealing with a remorseless and unscrupulous tyranny that respects no law, human or divine.

REMEMBER the horrors and nameless outrages perpetrated by fiends in human appearance, from which we have been mercifully spared by the gallantry of our Heroes, who esteem no sacrifice too great to maintain the Honour, the Liberty, and the Freedom of our Great Country.

With every good wish for this fateful year,

Faithfully, – J. CATHCART WASON.

[Liberal M.P. for Orkney and Shetland]

1917 January 31 Orkney Herald

MILITARY SERVICE. – It is officially announced that the Government, after a careful survey of the situation, have come to the definite conclusion that, as regards cases which come before Tribunals on ground of business or employment, with exceptions specified, every man under 31 years of age who is fit for general service (category A) or for garrison service abroad (category B) will be, after the 31st inst., of more value to the country with the forces than he would be in civil employment.

1917 February 7 Orkney Herald

CALLING UP THE YOUTHS. – The proclamation calling to the colours men in groups and classes A and B, that is those born in the years 1898 and 1899, have now been posted up. The men to whom the proclamations apply are warned to report as follows: – men of group or class A born in 1898, fifteen days from the date of proclamation; and men in group or class B, born in 1899, thirty days from the date on which they attain eighteen years of age.

1917 February 14 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY-SCHOOL CONCERT. – On the evening of Friday the 9th inst., a most successful and enjoyable concert was given in the Wasbister Public School by the scholars under the leadership of their teacher, Miss [Anna May] Cooper, and a number of grown-up friends. The entertainment was much appreciated by a large and attentive audience, who thoroughly enjoyed the various items rendered. The duties of chairman were discharged in a very efficient manner by the Rev. J. Deas Logie, the newly-appointed parish minister. The programme was a very varied one, consisting of solos, duets, quartettes, dialogues, recitations, etc., and each item was splendidly done. Special mention may be made of the n—– sketch by Messrs H. Sinclair and J. Marwick. Their costumes and make-up were perfect, and they provoked roars of laughter by their funny conundrums. The patriotic quartette, “The Lads in Navy Blue,” was also greatly appreciated. The scholars in their several parts did exceedingly well, showing that much time and care had been spent in training them. The adults who contributed to the programme were mostly old favourites, now well known to Rousay audiences, whose talent is always appreciated. Tea was served during an interval, and much credit is due to the ladies who presided, and the committee for the able and efficient manner in which the wants of the inner man were attended to. The object of the concert was to raise a fund for the purpose of purchasing wool for knitting comforts for the soldiers, and it is gratifying to state that the sum of £5 14s was collected at the door. This has been augmented by further donations, bringing the total up to £6. At the close, votes of thanks were accorded to Miss Cooper, the committee, the performers, the chairman, and everyone who had helped to make the concert a success. The members of the committee take this opportunity of thanking all those who helped to decorate the school so beautifully. The evening’s entertainment was brought to a close by the singing of “God Save the King.” Annexed is the programme: –

Song, “Rule Britannia,” scholars; chairman’s remarks; solo, “Here we are again,” Mr Hugh Sinclair; recitation, “Draw the Blinds,” George Laird; quartette, “Pro Phundo Basso,” Mrs Sutherland, Mrs Moar, and Messrs Clouston and Inkster; solo, “Blue Bells of Scotland,” Ethelyn Inkster; violin selections, Mr Magnus Craigie; recitation, “The Mice and the Cheese,” John Marwick; song and chorus, “Tipperary,” George Craigie; sketch, “Private Tom’s Tit-bits,” Misses Clouston and Inkster; solo, “Robin Adair,” Anna B. Sinclair; duet, “I Know a Bank,” Mrs Moar and Miss Cooper; song and chorus, “Sweet Lass of Richmond Hill,” Willie Flaws and Hugh Sinclair; recitation, “The Pussies’ Tea-Party,” Annie Laird; solo, “Kelvin Grove,” John Clouston; n—– sketch, Messrs H. Sinclair and J. Marwick; solo, “Excelsior,” Miss Hourston; quartette, “Sir Knight,” Mrs Sutherland, Miss Cooper and Messrs Kirkness and Inkster; recitation, “Are boys or girls the best?”, seven scholars; solo, “The Dear Little Shamrock,” Maggie J. Flaws; song, “Caller Herrin'” Misses M. Inkster and E. Craigie, and L. Moar and V. Inkster; sketch, “The Red, White, and Blue,” Anna B. Sinclair, Ethelyn Inkster, and Maggie J. Flaws; chorus, “Cuckoo Song,” scholars; recitation, “There’s a good time coming,” Mr Jas. Craigie; quartette, “The Lads in Navy Blue,” Mrs Sutherland, Miss Cooper, and Messrs Clouston and Inkster; recitation, “Kitty Knew,” Minnie Inkster; solo, “Willie’s gane tae Melville Castle,” Miss Cooper; sketch, “Men and Women’s Rights;” duet, “Larboard Watch,” Messrs Clouston and Inkster; recitation, “People will Talk,” Miss E. Craigie; song, “A Man’s a Man for a’ That,” scholars; violin selections, Mr Magnus Craigie; solo (with chorus), “Private Michael Cassidy,” Gr. M. Wood; song, “Hush! Here Comes the Dream Man,” Anna B. Sinclair, E. Inkster and M. J. Flaws; “God Save the King.”

1917 February 21 Orkney Herald


The tide of War has turned, but only by
can we press on with that tide to
and so make good the sacrifices of the
thousands who have bled and died for us.
is still the urgent cry.
Full particulars as to the formation of War
Savings Associations will be sent on application to

THOS. B. WORK, Secretary, Local Central Committee, Kirkwall.


AURORA BOREALIS. – One of the most brilliant displays of Aurora Borealis seen here within recent years was observed from Kirkwall on Thursday evening. After a day of bright sunshine, a haze gathered on the horizon about sunset. Overhead the stars shone brightly, but the moon, which was in its last quarter, was still unrisen. From out the bank of haze a glow of light was first seen, which gathered in intensity as twilight gave place to dusk. Soon this phase changed, and streams of light shot out, ascending towards the zenith; then there appeared an arc of light stretching from the north towards the east and west, with its ends on the horizon. From out this arc glowing waves of many shapes and colours issued forth, and lighted up both sea and land, as if an aerial squadron, hidden from view, were focussing their search-lights on some objects invisible from the earth beneath. As seen from the outskirts of the town, the panoramic display was magnificent in the extreme, and was the object of curiosity to many people, strangers to the north, who for the first time have witnessed this phenomenon.

THE WAG AT THE HARBOUR. – Two old cronies were gazing skywards the other evening while there was a display of northern lights. Said the one to the other, “What dae you t’ink, John, is the cause o’ a this ‘merry dancers’ being oot the night?” John, who has a pretty wit which has stood him in good stead on many occasions, replied, with a twinkle in his eyes: – “They tell me wha kens, that it is naethin’ more an’ naething less than the sun shinin’ on iceburgs.” With a look at John more in pity than in anger, his friend shook his head and said, “Johnnie, boy, it’ll be a lang journey that this lee will hae tae tak’ before it catches up wi’ thee first ane!”

1917 February 28 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – PARISH CHURCH – INVESTMENT IN WAR LOAN. – The kirk-session of Rousay parish has invested the sum of £20 in the new War Loan. The sum represents the Fowlis legacy, left on behalf of the aged poor of the parish. The interest accruing from the investment is distributed yearly. Recently the Rev. John Deas Logie, minister of the parish, and his elders, Messrs John Corsie and Frederick Trail Inkster, visited eight aged persons and divided the interest from last year’s investment among them. Needless to relate, the aged folks were grateful for the gift at this time of the year.

CHURCH SERVICES. – The Rev. John Deas Logie, minister of the Church and Parish of Rousay, has, by arrangement with the Rev. James Matheson, minister of the United Free Church, had the supply and work of the United Free Church congregations added to the supply and work of the Parish Church, in the absence of the Rev. M. Matheson, since about the beginning of the year. The Sunday services have been held in the Parish and Ritchie Churches, thus giving one service to the Established Church and another service to the United Free Church every Sunday. One Sunday the services were held in Trumland and Ritchie Churches, there being no service in the Parish Church. The arrangement has brought about a church harmony and unity over the island, worthy the best traditions of Christian congregations, which cannot but produce the happiest results.

DEATH OF A NONAGENARIAN. – Mr John Logie, the venerable gentleman who occupied Pier Cottage, Rousay, passed away on Saturday, 17th inst., at the ripe age of 91 years. He was a prominent personality in the life and interests of Rousay during his lifetime. He was keenly interested in everything concerning the welfare of the parish, and welcomed every movement tending towards the prosperity of the island. He leaves a widow [his second wife Jane Harcus, Blowhigh]. His family have been around him, engaged in the various industries of Rousay. The most prominent member of the family is Mr John Logie, estate land steward, who also represents the parish on the County Council. The remains of the departed were laid to rest in Westness Cemetery on Monday, 19th inst., in presence of a large number of parishioners. The Rev. John Deas Logie, minister of the parish, officiated at the house and also at the grave. The late Mr Logie was connected with the United Free Church, and was associated with the Rev. Mr Pirie during his long ministry.

1917 March 7 Orkney Herald

THE WEATHER. – The genial, spring-like weather which marked the incoming of March continued for only a day. On Friday a cold south-easterly wind sprang up, which by Saturday had increased to a gale. Since then the weather has got steadily worse, the high wind being accompanied by frequent snow-showers, which has covered the country-side with a mantle of white, and made the aspect out-of-doors wintry-like in the extreme.

1917 March 14 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY. – The proceeds of a concert held in Frotoft Public School on January 5th have been utilized in buying wool for knitting comforts for the Rousay boys serving with the colours. Forty-five pairs of socks and eleven pairs of mitts have been knitted by the ladies of the Frotoft and Brinian districts, and parcels have been forwarded from the school to all the boys belonging to the island who are serving in France and training in Britain.

1917 March 21 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – HONOUR TO THE PARISH MINISTER. – The Rev. John Deas Logie, minister of the Parish of Rousay, and a member of the Author’s Society, London, has consented to the election as a Foundation-Fellow of the Institute of British Poetry, which has been founded to commemorate the tercentenary of the death of Shakespeare. The Institute, which is of an international character, has, for Foundation-Fellows, writers of European celebrity and international reputation. The list of Fellows is being drawn from the list of the learned societies, literary year-book, &c. The 250 Fellows are almost secured; they will be entitled, after the Royal Charter has been obtained, to wear the badge of the institute, and to the founders’ medal and diploma. The institute, after the charter is obtained, is to be changed to the Royal Institute of British Poetry. Beyond the foundation-fellows, persons deeply interested in poetry will be made associates without the rights of fellows. Election to the fellowship will afterwards be by examination only. The Rev. J. Deas Logie contemplates the publication of a volume of verse after the conclusion of the war.

1917 March 28 Orkney Herald

WINTRY WEATHER. – A spell of very severe weather began last Saturday night, preceded by a rapidly-falling barometer. Throughout the whole of Sunday a bitterly cold gale of wind blew from the north-west, accompanied by heavy sleet showers. On Monday morning there were frequent showers of hail and dry, powdery snow. However, during the day, the barometer began to rise as rapidly as it fell, and there were periods of bright sunshine. Yesterday (Tuesday) the wind had shifted to the west, and only a moderate breeze was blowing, but the air was intensely cold. Taken as a whole, the weather during the month has been typical of March at its worst.

1917 April 11 Orkney Herald

THE WEATHER. – The month of April is nearly half-spent, and still winter is sitting on the lap of spring. The air is colder than it was in mid-winter, and snow is lying several inches deep on the plain. Agricultural work of all kinds is at a standstill, and vegetation has still the winter blight upon it. There has been such a succession of snow and sleet, blizzard and frost, ever since March came in as surely must constitute a weather record. Farmers are grumbling, and allotment-holders, who are longing to try their hand at food production, are looking dejected. There is to-day (Tuesday) no change in the weather, and, while we write, the snowstorm is still raging without any appearance of cessation. A strong gale of northerly wind is causing a considerable amount of drifting.

ROUSAY – PUBLIC SCHOOLS – EXAMINATIONS IN RELIGIOUS KNOWLEDGE. – At the request of the School Board of Rousay and Egilshay, the Rev. J. Deas Logie, M.A., S.L., parish minister, has examined in Bible knowledge and the Shorter Catechism the four public schools in Rousay and Veira. The method of examination was oral and by class, and graded questions put to the various classes, from standard I. to the supplementary. The schools were, Sourin, Wasbister, Frotoft, Veira; Mr Shepherd examined Egilshay school. While all the schools stood well throughout a close examination, including test questions, and numbers of pairs ran close in all the schools, Frotoft revealed in most classes a closer contest between pairs. The work was well got up in all the schools of the parish. The examiner expressed his appreciation to the teachers and the scholars for the work and care of the teachers and the knowledge and keenness of the scholars in evidence throughout the examination. It is not an easy task for teachers to get the younger children into a mental, fit state for test examination, yet the results exceeded expectation.

1917 April 18 Orkney Herald

THE WEATHER. – There is no change for the better to record in the weather, and winter is still continuing its encroachments on spring. Not a day has passed since last we wrote on this subject but which has brought with it snow, sleet, or rain. True, there have been hours of genial sunshine, but these have been regularly followed by prolonged snow-showers, the most severe of which occurred on Sunday and Monday nights, consequently the ground is sodden, and slush predominates everywhere. The proverbial “oldest inhabitant” is fain to admit that the weather we have experienced this spring beats the record for unseasonableness. Agricultural work of all kinds is, of course, at a standstill.

TO PREVENT HOME BREWING – FURTHER RESTRICTION ON MALT. – A further Malt Restriction Order issued on Thursday by the Food Controller makes it illegal except under licence to manufacture any further malt, to sell or deliver any malt, or for anyone other than a brewer for sale to use malt for any purpose. The effect of this Order is to prevent home brewing, and it will apply also to the manufacture of any non-alcoholic liquors containing malt.

1917 April 25 Orkney Herald




Captain Alexander Graham Spark, K.O.Y.L I., who was killed in action on April 9, was the third son of Rev. Alexander Spark, late of Rousay and Egilshay, Orkney, at present ‘locum tenens’ Kerse Parish, Grangemouth. Before enlisting he was engaged in business, first with the Straits Trading Co., and then in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, and in London. His brother was formerly minister of Forglen, and now of St Matthew’s, Glasgow. He is a nephew of the ministers of Clyne, Durris, and Glenbuchat, and Major Douglas Spark, Durris, of the Gordon Highlanders, who was recently awarded the Military Cross, is his cousin.

1917 May 2 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – SERVICE OF SACRED PRAISE. – Last Sunday evening, in Frotoft School, Rousay, a service of sacred praise was rendered by a large choir before an audience which crowded the school-room. Mr D. MacKay was leader, while Miss Harrold assisted in the instrumental part of the service. The choir rendered the following hymns: – “All hail the Power,” “That grand word, Whosoever,” “Will there be any stars? “We’ll never say goodbye,” “Sowing the seed of the Kingdom,” “The knock of the nail-pierced Hand,” “Drifting Down,” “In the shadow of His wings,” “Am I a soldier of the Cross?” “With heart and voice.”

Quartettes were rendered by the following members of the choir: – Mrs Reid, Mrs Gibson, Messrs MacKay and Gibson sang, “When I get Home”; “God is calling yet,” was sung by Miss Hourston, Mrs Inkster, Messrs Gibson and Munro; “Light beyond the shadows” was sung by Mrs Gibson and Mrs Inkster, Messrs Craigie and Harrold; while a double quartette was rendered by Misses Low and Mainland, Mrs Gibson and Miss Craigie, Messrs Gibson and J. Gibson, MacKay and Harrold, who sang, ” Over Jordan.” Duets were sung – “Nailed to the Cross,” by Mr and Mrs Gibson; “There’ll be no shadows,” by Mrs Reid and Mr MacKay; “It is well,” by Miss Hourston and Mr Munro. Solos were sung – “Christ is all,” by Miss Hourston; “Will your anchor hold?” by Mr H. Munro; “The old fountain,” by Mr MacKay; “He knows,” by Miss Harrold; “In that city,” by Miss Low. Master Harry Logie sang “The King’s Highway,” the choir joining in the chorus.

The service of praise was opened by the audience singing the 23rd Psalm; the closing song being, “God be with you till we meet again:” The Rev. J. Deas Logie, F.I.B.P., minister of the parish, who presided, gave at the commencement of the service a short historical sketch of the relation of religious song to the worship of the Tabernacle, Temple, Synagogue, and the Christian Church, and its permission in the Latin and Greek portions of the Church. At the close the rev. gentleman complimented all the choir, the leader, and the accompanist, on the evening’s service, which lasted two hours, and mentioned particularly the interest taken by the young members of the choir. The gospel had been given in song. We could not hear it too often either in story or song. The collection, which amounted to £2 11s 6d, has been given to the fund in process of collection in Orkney on behalf of the widows and orphans left by the loss of precious lives in the disaster that befell recently the s.s. Ruby. The service was opened and closed with prayer.

[On March 28th, 1917, the Ruby, on a voyage from Leith to Kirkwall with a cargo of general goods, was sunk by a mine from the German submarine UC-44, 2.5 miles from Auskerry, Orkney. 6 members of the crew were lost, including fireman James Marwick, Kirkwall, and Westray men – mate George Rendall, fireman John Rendall, and able seaman Stewart Rendall]

1917 May 9 Orkney Herald



We desire to call the attention of those interested in this work to the great need for a fresh supply of moss. The Aberdeen Depot writes asking uncleaned moss to be sent on as early as possible to enable them to meet the demand for moss dressings. The Kirkwall workers will also be glad to get some more moss. Sacks will be supplied at Messrs Baikie & Son’s woodyard, or on application by letter to Capt. A. L Work, Heathfield House, St Ola.

[Millions of wound dressings made from Sphagnum, or ‘bog moss’, were used during World War I. Dried Sphagnum can absorb up to twenty times its own volume of liquids, such as blood, pus, or antiseptic solution, and promotes antisepsis. Sphagnum was thus superior to inert cotton wool dressings (pure cellulose), the raw material for which was expensive and increasingly being commandeered for the manufacture of explosives.]

1917 May 16 Orkney Herald

We make no apology for returning this week again to the question of the food supplies of the people – the most vital problem that is now engaging the attention of this country, and, indeed, of all the Allied countries. Germany has now virtually pinned all her hopes of victory on the successful issue of the U-boat campaign as a means of starving her enemies into submission. Thus far there have been no effective methods found for reducing enemy submarines, and their destructive work has greatly increased recently. Many valuable cargoes, which would have gone to feed the people, have been sent to the bottom of the sea. Consequently this, combined with the growing shortage of shipping, has brought the country face to face with a serious food crisis, which only the most strenuous frugality on the part of every responsible individual will avert. It is not enough to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread.” Such a prayer will meet with no response if we continue to waste the substance in riotous and extravagant living. We have to act as well at pray. Self-denial is one of the ordinances which should at present be the watchword in every household…..

DANDELION – A VEGETABLE. Writing to the Scotsman on the food value of this plant, a correspondent says: – In view of the very grave shortage and consequent high price of all manner of vegetables for the table, it is lamentable to see the waste of the abundant supply of dandelion leaves by almost every roadside, garden, and field. A large basketful of these carefully washed, boiled for one hour and a half, cut up, sprinkled with pepper and salt, and moistened with a little soup or margarine, furnishes an excellent vegetable for several persons. I am told that young nettles thus prepared are equal to the finest spinach. The deep roots of the dandelion are valuable to chemists to make taraxacine, but if spared, will produce a further crop of leaves.

DEATHS. – SEATTER – Killed in action in France, on April 21st, Private Edward King Seatter, Gordon Highlanders, aged 19, youngest son of Mr and Mrs Robert Seatter, Banks, Sourin, Rousay. – Sadly missed.

ROUSAY – PARISH CHURCH. – The Sacrament was solemnised in the Parish Church of Rousay on Sunday, 6th inst., at 12 noon. The Rev. J. Deas Logie, F.I.B.P., minister of the parish, conducted the service. The day was ideal, and a large number of parishioners were present from all parts of the parish. A good number of young people were present to witness the solemnisation of the sacred Sacrament. Fifteen new members were admitted to fellowship and communion at this time. The Rev. J. Deas Logie proceeded in the afternoon to Wasbister, and conducted a service in the public school for worshippers in that part of the parish.

1917 May 23 Orkney Herald

DEATHS – CRAIGIE – Killed in action on 23rd April, Private John Craigie, 4th Seaforth Highlanders, third son of Samuel Craigie [and his late wife Ann Craigie, Laro], Bu, Veira, aged 30.

His king and his country called him;
The call was not in vain;
On Britain’s Roll of Honour
You will find our brother’s name.
He fell at his post like a soldier brave;
He answered his Master’s call;
He sleeps far away in a hero’s grave;
For his country’s cause he fell.
He sleeps in a grave in a distant land,
That we may never see;
But as long as life and memory last
We will remember thee.


ROUSAY – MILITARY FUNERAL. – On Thursday last the remains of Pte. Harry Reid, of the Seaforth Highlanders, son of Mr Alex. Reid, gardener, Melsetter, Longhope, was brought to the island by patrol boat and interred in Westside Churchyard. The bearing and firing parties were of the O.R.G A. [Orkney Royal Garrison Artillery] Territorials, and they accompanied the remains from Kirkwall. There were present also a number of relations and friends from Longhope. They were met at Westness by a large number of the inhabitants, who followed the cortege to the graveyard. The service, which was most impressive, was conducted by the Rev. Duncan McLaren, of Evie, who kindly officiated in the absence of the Rev. J. Deas Logie, who is now attending the Assembly. The greatest sympathy is felt for Mr Reid, father of the deceased, which was evidenced by the number of mourners who accompanied the remains to the churchyard. Mr Reid’s other son [Alexander] joined the colours in Canada, and is now serving with the Canadians.

[Harry Reid, the son of Alexander Learmonth Reid and Harriet Henrietta Logie, was born at Brough, Frotoft, on November 26th 1894]

1917 May 30 Orkney Herald

Mr and Mrs Seatter and family return sincere thanks for all kind expressions of sympathy received in their recent sad and sudden bereavement. – Banks, Sourin, Rousay.

1917 June 27 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – PARISH CHURCH. – In the Parish Church, on Sunday, Messrs William Moar [Saviskaill] and Robert Lyon [Ervadale], who had both been elders previously in kirk sessions of Parish Churches in Orkney, were admitted to the session of the Parish Church, and took their seats. The Rev. J. Deas Logie, parish minister, conducted divine service and the proceedings in connection with the admission of these brethren. Arrangements were made for the celebration of the Sacrament next Sunday at Wasbister.

1917 July 4 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – PARISH CHURCH. – The Rev. J. Deas Logie conducted divine worship in Wasbister School last Sunday, and, with the kirk session, celebrated the Lord’s Supper to a good congregation of communicants. The rev. gentleman proceeded in the evening to Veira, where he conducted service in the schoolroom, also to a good congregation. He also gave a children’s address in Veira. The Rev. J. Deas Logie, as minister of the parish, has almost completed a yearly visit of all his parishioners in the Wasbister and Veira districts of the parish. Since his induction in December last, two elders have been added to the kirk session and twenty-three new members have been added to the congregational roll of the Parish Church.

1917 July 18 Orkney Herald



Admiralty, Friday. – The Secretary of the Admiralty regrets to report that H.M.S. Vanguard (Captain James D. Dick, R.N.) blew up while at anchor on the night of the 9th inst., as the result of an internal explosion. The ship sank immediately, and there were only three survivors among those who were on board the ship at the time of the disaster – viz., one officer and two men. The officer has since died. There were, however, twenty-four officers and seventy-one men not on board the ship at the time, thus bringing the total number of survivors up to ninety-seven. All the next-of-kin have been informed. A full inquiry has been ordered.

[The national press of the day were under strict instruction not to reveal information of this sort in great detail, even describing the location where such events took place. This disaster took place here in Scapa Flow, and was not the result on an enemy attack. Shortly before midnight on 9 July 1917, faulty cordite caused a series of magazine explosions which rocked the ship, and she sank almost instantly, killing 843 of the 845 men aboard.]


IN MEMORIAM. – In loving memory of Private George Inkster. P.P.C.L I., who was killed in France on July 18th, 1916, fifth son of Mr and Mrs [Hugh and Georgina] Inkster, Knapper. Rousay.

When Britain first did call for men,
He said: “They shall not call in vain.”
He only had himself to give,
But he offered that freely that others might live.
He did his duty, nobly and well,
But in a bombing raid he fell;
His comrades laid his body to rest,
And cut the colours from off his breast.
They have laid your body to rest, dear George,
And your troubles they are all o’er;
And we hope to meet in that Better Land
Where parting is no more.

1917 August 8 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – PARISH CHURCH. – In accordance with the instructions of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland in common with the ministers of other Parish Churches, the Rev. J. Deas Logie held a special service in the Parish Church on Sunday last of humble prayer, intercession, and thanksgiving, with special supplications for victory and peace, in commemoration of the [third] anniversary of the outbreak of war.

SERVICE OF PRAISE. – A service of praise was held in Wasbister School on Sunday, the 22nd ult. The Rev. David S. Brown, of Burray, acted as chairman. In the course of his remarks he expressed his pleasure at being present, and also at the movement which is becoming general to improve the musical part of church worship. It was exceedingly gratifying to see the number who took part in the programme. The choir was under the leadership of Miss [Anna May] Cooper, teacher, who certainly possesses musical abilities of a very high order. In addition to the local members of the choir, there was present Miss Annie Inkster, of Aberdeen, whose singing was very much appreciated. The solo and quartette, “Art Thou Weary?” was finely rendered; and the solo, “The Home of the Soul,” by Mr Hugh Sinclair, was splendidly sung. The collection, which amounted to £4 2s, has been handed over to the Red Cross Fund…..

EXAMINATION OF SCHOOLS. – In the four schools examined by the Rev. J. Deas Logie, parish minister, two months ago, in Bible and religious knowledge, seven prizes have been awarded to Sourin School; eleven prizes have been awarded Frotoft School; seven prizes have been awarded Wasbister School; and four prizes have been awarded Viera School, all in accordance with the regulations of the School Board. Besides these prizes the minister has given prizes for special merit as follows: – Three prizes for Sourin school, three for Frotoft School, two for Wasbister School, and one prize for Veira School. The Rev. J. Deas Logie in the Bible and religious examination awarded James R. Sinclair, [Viera Lodge], Frotoft, in the supplementary class, a first prize; Annabella Sinclair [Sketquoy] and Maggie Flaws [Hammerfield] received first prizes, and Ethalyn Inkster [Furse] special prize – all of Wasbister supplementary class; W. J. Dickson and Annie M. Craigie, [Treblo] Sourin supplementary class, received first prizes; in standard VI., Jessie A. Craigie, Glebe, Sourin, received a first prize, and Annie A. Craigie, Glebe, Sourin, received special prize.

1917 August 15 Orkney Herald

INCREASED OLD-AGE PENSIONS. – All old-age pensioners are now to receive the additional allowance of 2s 6d per week which has been granted by the Government. Most of them are already drawing 7s 6d, but a considerable number will benefit under the new scale. This additional allowance will be a great boon to the old folk, many of whom were finding it a matter of considerable difficulty to exist at present.

1917 September 5 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – SCHOOL CONCERT. – In the school-room of Sourin School, Rousay, on Thursday last, the annual school concert was held. A large attendance of scholars, parents and friends assembled. A silver collection was taken in aid of the Y.M.C.A. huts. Miss [Lydia] Baikie, teacher, Sourin School, had a good programme to present in recitation, dialogue, song, play, in which she was assisted by local talent. The Rev. J. Deas Logie, parish minister, presided, and called upon the Rev. W. Marwick, who is at present officiating in the United Free Church, to open the meeting with prayer. The Chairman in his remarks referred to three elements in a child’s brain: – (1) Curiosity, (2) Imagination, (3) Ambition, which existed in most grown-ups. The three were at the back of most problems. The concert would take the people away from the cobwebs that generally gathered round country life, and probably blow them away – a very desirable result.

The main feature of the concert was a children’s play – “Bluebeard,” which was rendered as children render a play, and well received by the audience The principals were Jessie Alexina Craigie (Glebe), Mary Ann Craigie, Cecilia Corsie, David Linklater, James Grieve, and Stanley Gibson. Five of the wives in the play were Hannah Grieve, Annie Craigie, Cecilia Corsie, Annie Scott, and Mary Corsie. Sarah Craigie (Glebe) made a pretty fairy, and everything came right when she appeared and caught “Bluebeard” in the act of disposing of another wife. Misses Janet and Jane Corsie, Kirkwall, rendered excellent selections during the play. Recitations were given by the following children, “Dolly’s Lesson,” by Mary Ann Leonard; “Kitty Knew,” by John Costie; “The Careful Messenger,” by Campbell Scott; recitation by Sarah Craigie and David Linklater. Dialogues were given – “Shop Girl and Domestic Servant,” by Annie Craigie and Hannah Grieve; “Andy’s Letter,” by Robert Marwick and James Grieve. Solos were sung – “The Wise Man,” by James Grieve; “Love Me and the World is Mine,” by Miss M. A. Grieve; “Roaming in the Gloaming,” by Mr William Corsie; “The Land of the West,” by Miss Bella Grieve; “If only,” by Hannah Grieve; “Who will o’er the Downs?” by Mr H. Gibson; “Just a wee Deoch an’ Dorris,” by Mr J. W. Grieve; “The Mermaid,” and “Mush, Mush,” by Mr Hugh Gibson; “The Polly Song,” “Lassie from Lancashire,” and “John Highland’s Dance,” were given by Messrs William Corsie, J. W. Grieve, and Hugh Gibson. Miss Shearer, Kirkwall, ably assisted with two recitations, “Family Financeering,” and “The Laddie’s First Soiree.” The Fairy re-appeared and bade the audience good-night. The whole entertainment was appreciated; and the proceedings closed with the usual votes of thanks to the various performers, and especially to Miss Baikie, teacher.

1917 September 12 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – SCHOOL CONCERT. – In Frotoft School on Friday last, a large gathering of parents and friends assembled to hear and witness the children attending the school in their characterisation in the play “Red Riding Hood.” Miss M. Hourston, teacher, had all the children carefully trained, with the result that the players in their several parts never once made a mistake in speech or attitude. All the songs were pleasingly sung. Great credit was due the teacher, and Messrs Mainland, Cutt, and Craigie who had charge of the scenic arrangements. Mrs Inkster and Miss Harrold played the accompaniments with delicacy and fine expression.

The characters in the play, “Red Riding Hood,” were as follows: – Harry Logie acted the part of “The Prince,” while Jessie Mainland was “Red Riding Hood.” Marjorie Gibson was “Dame Margot”; Annie Sinclair was “Bo-peep,” and William Gibson “Boy Blue.” Hugh Sutherland was the “Goblin and Wolf,” and Davidson Harrold was “Simple Simon.” Kathleen Gibson, as “Queen of the Fairies,” with her fairy sprites, Annie Gibson, Maggie Craigie, Babba Leonard, Marie Leonard, and Alice Logie, lent a charm and sense of other-worldliness over all the scenes. Other scholars who took part in speech, song, and dialogue were James Gibson with a speech; recitations, “Jemima,” from James Smith; “What became of them?” from Rose Leonard; songs, “The Highland Lad,” and “We are little soldiers,” with a dialogue, “The Ghost of Silence,” were given by a number of scholars, who also in song and imitation performance gave “The Burlesque Band.” Minna Reid, a girl of five, in “A Collection Speech,” spoke well for her years, and gave a practical demonstration on how to give. The collection was taken on behalf of the Y.M.C.A. huts.

The Rev. J. Deas Logie, parish minister, presided, and in his remarks referred to the three main points in speech and drama – (1) to instruct, (2) to delight, (3) to convince. The Rev. W. Marwick, who is officiating in the U.F. Church, at the close called for the usual votes of thanks to all the perfumers and the chairman. Special thanks were accorded Miss Hourston. After a presentation of prizes, the meeting closed with the singing of the National Anthem.

1917 September 26 Orkney Herald

EGILSHAY – ISLANDER DIES AS PRISONER OF WAR IN GERMANY. – Private James Bews, No. 14,735, 2nd Seaforths, aged 20 years, eldest son of Mr and Mrs James [and Robina] Bews, Menis, Egilshay, was posted as missing from his battalion on the 3rd May last. His parents have now received official information that the lad died a prisoner of war in Germany on the 6th May. The sad news has cast a gloom over the small island, and much sympathy is felt for the sorrowing parents and relatives in their sore bereavement. Private Bews is the first Egilshay soldier to make the supreme sacrifice for king and country.

1917 October 3 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY. – Mr Hugh Munro, Westness, having been unanimously appointed by the kirk session of Rousay and Egilshay Parish Church, to the leadership of praise in the church, commenced duty some weeks ago. The new precentor is giving entire satisfaction in the duties of his office.

1917 November 14 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – PARISH CHURCH. – The Sacrament of our Lord’s Supper has been dispensed both in the Parish Church and in Wasbister School. At both services and the dispensation of the sacrament the attendances were large, and the communions edifying and memorable. A number of new members joined the fellowship of the Parish Church during this season. The Rev. J. Deas Logie, minister of the parish, conducted all the services. On his invitation, a good number of parishioners, members of the United Free Church congregations, who were present, entering into the true spirit of Christian communion, partook with their brethren of the Established Church of the Holy Sacrament, thus showing that Rousay parish is not behind all other communities throughout the country in realising the responsibilities of our common Christianity and Presbyterianism at a time, with the war added, when General Assemblies and Church Committees recommend reunion, and meanwhile unity of energies, and the avoidance of unnecessary waste and expenditure without any apparent gain or strength. The services of the Rev. J. Deas Logie are at the disposal of all his parishioners. The rev. gentleman has always been willing to conduct services in the churches, schools, or farm towns within the bounds of the parish, if suitable arrangements could be made, providing such arrangements do not interfere with public worship at noon every Lord’s Day in the Parish Church.