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1922 January 4 Orkney Herald



On Sunday morning last, about 9.15 a.m., Mr George L. Thomson, hon. secretary of the Stromness Lifeboat, received a telegram stating, “Steamer struck and damaged near Keith Hall wreck, Birsay. She is burning flare lights.” Immediately on receipt of the above, Mr Thomson called out the lifeboat crew and notified the Rocket Brigade, all of whom responded to the call in the shortest of time, and the lifeboat left the harbour about 9.40 to render assistance. The weather at the time was very rough, and a heavy land sea was breaking on the shore all along the west side.

While the lifeboat was proceeding on her way, the Rocket Company, in motors, under the direction of Mr William Cooper, were making for Birsay to assist if needed, and Mr Thomson and a party of expert signallers also left by motor for Costa, Evie, and other vantage points, where they could signal and direct the lifeboat on her arrival from Stromness. The lifeboat, however, had made a quick run, and arrived off Costa Head before she was expected. Meanwhile Mr Thomson had arranged for two boats from Evie and one boat from Rousay to be launched and manned to render any assistance possible.

It is most difficult to get the exact particulars of the trawler. Our information, however, is that she struck the rocks about 7.30 a.m., just as the cook was calling the skipper for breakfast, and the very heavy land sea running smashed the boat. After some time she floated off and drifted east with the tide, until she rounded Costa Head, and when immediately off the farm of Midhouse, Costa, Evie, and about half a mile from the head, she came to anchor, but, owing to the damage sustained on the rocks, was making much water, and was settling down.

The crew, after the boat had been smashed, constructed a raft, on which nine members of the crew took their places, expecting, in this way, to save themselves, when the vessel went down. Unfortunately that expectation was not realised, as, when the vessel sunk, the suction was so great that the raft and its occupants were swept down. Two members of the crew, the mate and third hand, could not get on the raft, and clung to a lifebuoy between them until they chanced to get hold of the raft, on which they clung until saved by the lifeboat.

After saving the two men the lifeboat ran down Eynhallow Sound, and transferred the men saved to one of the Rousay boats, by whom they were landed, and driven by Mr D. F. Lennie, of Stromness, to the Post-Office, Evie, where they received every kindness and attention.

It was only after the two survivors had been landed that it was known which vessel it was that had been lost. The survivors told the tale of disaster and suffering, and the loss of the trawler s.s. Freesia, of Grimsby, with all but two of the crew. She was on a passage from North Faroe, bound home, when the disaster occurred.

We understand the Freesia experienced very rough weather at Faroe, and lost her small boat there. She struck the face of the cliff bow-on on Sunday, and, rebounding, lost her propeller and drifted out of control in the direction of Costa Head.

The lifeboat, after nobly doing her duty, made for Stromness, and, when near Costa Head, picked up two bodies, which she brought to Stromness, where she arrived about 6.30 p.m.

More than one member of the lifeboat crew, when the call came, rushed to the lifeboat house without taking any food, and had no opportunity to do so until she returned.

We have already stated that two boats from Evie and one from Rousay were launched and manned, and proceeded towards the raft with the two men on it, but were unable to render assistance on account of the heavy sea in Burgar Roost. They searched the shores of the island of Eynhallow in case there should be any survivors there, but unfortunately without success.

The names of the Evie boatman are: – First boat – Andrew Anderson, sen., Old School; Andrew Anderson, jun., Burnbraes; John Marwick, Quoys; David Hepburn, Newhouse; John Yorston, Orquil; second boat – William Miller, Hestival; Fred Wood, Georth; David Hourston, Grudair; David Hourston, Plover Hall. The Rousay boat was manned by: – George Reid, Tratland; Thomas Sinclair, Cotafea; James Gibson, Hullion; John Gibson, Brough; John Mainland, Cott.

The two survivors of the disaster were brought to Stromness by motor car on Sunday night, and taken in charge by Mr James D. Brown, hon. agent of the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Society, who lodged them with Mrs Flett, where they had every kindness and attention. They proceeded south by the mail steamer St Ola yesterday (Tuesday) morning.

The names of the saved are: – William Saxby, mate, 403 Wellington St., Grimsby, and Albert Edward Dartnell, third hand, 2 Centre Vale, Nelson Street, Grimsby.


As I looked out to sea about nine o’clock in the morning (says an eye-witness), I saw a trawler drifting past Costa Head. The morning was hazy, and occasional showers made visibility difficult. I was certain that the ship was out of control – no smoke appeared from the funnel, and a slight list to port indicated that the hull was damaged.

My first thoughts were of rescue. A glance at the shore, with this high tide and land sea, showed that the launching of a boat was a human impossibility. “Was there life on board?” “How long would the ship remain afloat?” I found myself asking these questions as I hurried for my telescope.

Gusts of wind blowing fitfully about made it difficult for me to follow with the glass the movement of the ship. I could now see distinctly distress signals flying from the foremast. Immediately I went down to the shore. A number of people had gathered at the boats. Old men, with their long experience of the sea in all its moods, shook their heads. To launch a boat was an impossibility. Helpless, the vessel drifted; every breath we drew seemed to mark a stage which dragged her nearer to her doom. The list became greater and greater. She lurched and sank by the stern. Her forefoot rose out of the water about twenty feet. It remained stationery for an instant, and then the sea claimed her. Black smoke rose from the water and a few oddments of floating wreckage was all that was left of the ship.

We left the shore, and when on higher ground, could dimly discern what appeared to be a raft drifting towards Eynhallow. With the telescope I could see two men on the raft, one clinging to the wood, over which the waves were breaking, the other clutching tightly to his shoulders.

A car left Costa and proceeded in all haste to Evie Pier. Local men put off in two boats, hoping to intercept the raft, should she come through the sound but the ebb tide which had now set in, prevented this. They then landed at Eynhallow, as did a Rousay boat hoping to pick up any survivors who may have been washed ashore.

Intently we watched the movements of the raft, buffeted by the waves, driven by the tempest, two men clung to their frail craft, but despair must have arisen in their hearts, as the change of the tide drove them slowly seawards. The boats at Eynhallow were helpless.

At this critical time, away in the west, hugging the coast, the Stromness Lifeboat, taking risks, pushed her way through the sea, guided by semaphore signals from various points on the coast.

“Go across,” the flags flap out their message. Immediately the lifeboat is headed out, and makes straight across Burgar Roost, where, without the slightest delay, the two survivors were picked up and speedily brought to Evie Pier. At Dale Post Office every comfort was given them.

1922 January 11 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – WHIST DRIVE AND DANCE. – On Friday, 30th December, a most successful whist drive and social evening was held in Frotoft school-room. Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, there was a large turn-out of young folks, who thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Under the management of Miss Sinclair and an able staff, the tables for the whist drive were nicely arranged, and the school being beautifully decorated the whole effect was very pleasing. Play started at 7.30, and, on the scores being handed in, the following were found to be the prize-winners: – Ladies – 1 Miss Low, 2 Miss C. Logie and Miss Marjorie Gibson (equal), booby, Miss Maggie Craigie; gentlemen – 1 Mr John Marwick, 2 Mr James Irvine, booby, Mr James Nicolson. After the prizes were handed over to the successful competitors, a most sumptuous tea was served, and the usual votes of thanks being called for and responded to, the school-room was cleared for dancing, which was kept up till an early hour. Much credit is due to Miss Sinclair and her committee for the able way in which all the arrangements were carried through, and, though this is the first whist drive that has been held in this school-room, the hope of all present was that it would not be the last.

1922 February 15 Orkney Herald

HONOUR FOR MR JOHN MOONEY. – At a meeting of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, held in the Library of the National Museum of Antiquities, Edinburgh, on the evening of Monday, 13th inst., Mr John Mooney, J.P., Kirkwall, was elected a fellow. Mr Mooney has been a life-long student of Norse history and antiquities, and the honour now conferred on him is a fitting recognition of his work, not only in keeping green the annuals of Orkney’s misty past, but also in unfolding the story of Eynhallow’s Shrine. This important work Mr Mooney is now engaged upon.

1922 March 8 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – PLOUGHING MATCH. – The annual ploughing match of the Rousay Agricultural Society was held on Tuesday last week in a field on the farm of Trumland, kindly granted for the occasion by Mr Fred Inkster. Owing to the heavy fall of sleet on Monday forenoon, the field was not in such good condition for ploughing as it might have been The weather on the day of the match was all that could be desired. There was a fair turnout, and by 10 o’clock fifteen pairs were lined up at their rigs ready to try their skill – all ordinary ploughmen. During the day there was a large number of spectators on the field from this and other neighbouring parishes. A little disappointment was felt when only one of the judges, Mr Robert Ritch, Grind, Randall, turned up, the other one being unable to come through illness. Mr Ritch kindly undertook the judging himself and awarded the prizes as follows: –

PLOUGHING. – 1 and Highland Society’s medal and cup, James Smith, No. 2 Frotoft; 2 James Linklater, Curquoy; 3 Tom Marwick, Glebe; 4 John Leonard, Faraclett; 5 John Gibson, Avelshay; 6 James Lyon, Ervadale; 7 John Marwick, No. 1 Frotoft; 8 Robert Seatter, Banks; 9 David Marwick, Quoys; 10 James Nicolson, Nearhouse; youngest ploughman, James Gibson, Hullion; feering and finish, James Smith; straightest ploughing, Tom Marwick.

GROOMING. – 1 James Nicolson, 2 Tom Marwick, 3 James Gibson, Hullion; 4 James Smith, 5 James Linklater.

HARNESS. – 1 James Nicolson, 2 John Leonard, 3 John Shearer, Trumland; 4 James Taylor, Trumland; 5 James Smith. Best matched pair, James Nicolson; best pair of mares, James Nicolson.

During the day the ploughmen, committee, and judge were liberally supplied with refreshments, and in the evening the judge and committee were hospitably entertained to tea by Mrs [Isie] Inkster. The committee desire to tender their grateful thanks to the kind friends who so liberally contributed to the funds, and to the kind donors of the special prizes, of which there was a large number; also to Mr John Logie, Trumland House, for visiting the field and enabling them to get the Highland Society’s medal. A dance was held on the evening of the match in the barn of Trumland, kindly granted by Mr Inkster, when a large number of young people of the island gathered and spent a few hours’ enjoyment.

1922 March 22 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – LANTERN LECTURE. – There was held in Sourin U.F. Church on Sabbath, 12th March, by the Rousay U.F. Women’s Foreign Mission Committee, a lantern lecture on the “Uncrowned Queen of Calabar.” Mrs Brown was lanternist, and the address was given by Rev. D. S. Brown M.A. A short musical programme was rendered in a pleasing manner by Mr W. Grieve, conductor, by Misses M. A. and J. Grieve, Falldown; by Miss I. Grieve, organist; and by Mr Brown. There was a good and interested attendance, and also a good collection for the U.F. Mission. The meeting was effective.

1922 April 26 Orkney Herald

HEATHER-BURNING. – The extraordinary and protracted spell of wet and stormy weather has not only delayed agricultural operations beyond normal season, but it has prevented the timely burning of heather on the moors. This cannot be done after nesting commences, and heavy penalties are liable to be inflicted for burning heather in close time. On high and wet moors, yesterday was regarded as the latest date for “heather scaumin’.”

1922 May 3 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – WEDDING. – SLATER – COOPER. – A wedding took place in the Wasbister School on Friday, 28th April, between Mr Norman Slater, late cadet R.I.C., and late lieutenant R.G.A., eldest son of the late Col. James Slater, V.D., and of Mrs Slater, Bentfield, Gullane, and Miss Anna May Cooper, school teacher, daughter of the late Mr William Cooper, schoolmaster, Moy, Inverness. The Rev. J. Brown officiated, and the bride was given away by her uncle, Mr David Gibson. The bridegroom was supported by Mr George Sinclair, late lieutenant R.G.A., and Miss Annie Gibson, niece of the bride, acted as bridesmaid. The bride wore a dress of white satin, ornamented with silver, and her veil was of rich bridal net with a wreath of orange blossoms. Her bouquet of daffodils, with white satin streamers, matched the bridesmaid’s dress of lemon coloured crepe-de-chine. According to an old-time custom still kept up in the island, the bride and bridegroom, amidst showers of confetti, set off for a walk, followed by 30 couples of young folks. Meantime the older people, 35 couples, sat down to tea. On returning to the school, Mr and Mrs Slater and the younger generation sat down to a sumptuous tea, after which dancing was heartily engaged in until early morning. Mr and Mrs Slater were the recipients of many beautiful presents, amongst which were several substantial cheques. They leave Orkney to-day (Tuesday) for their new home, which is to be abroad. They have the good wishes of their many friends both in Orkney and the south, and all hope that good luck may attend them to their journey’s end.

1922 June 7 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – DEATH OF MRS MARWICK, TOU. – On Friday, 26th May, Mrs [Betsy] Marwick, Tou, widow of David Marwick, shoemaker, the oldest inhabitant in Rousay, was called away in death at the ripe age of 98. She was in her usual health until the day she died, and, up to an hour or two before age expired, her death was quite unlooked for. She was able to move around every day, and had all her facilities to the very end. She lived all her life at the same house, and for the last forty years never left the island. She will be very much missed by everyone, for her memory was excellent, and people wishing to ascertain any information concerning their ancestors, had only to apply to “Old Betty” – as she was usually called – and if she could not supply the information, no one else could. It is fifteen years since her husband died, and during all these years, she mourned him continually, and her daily wish was to be with him. At that time he was the only shoemaker in the island, and during his lifetime they had a lightsome and happy home, for it was the meeting place of all the men folks in the district; there all the gossip of the place was discussed every evening, and it was as good as a doctor’s tonic to hear the hearty laugh of the old couple. Mrs Marwick is survived by one daughter, Mrs [Anne] Leonard, who is a widow, and has lived with her mother since her father’s death, and to her we extend our deepest sympathy.

1922 July 26 Orkney Herald



On Wednesday morning last week the “oldest man” in Orkney, who has weathered many a storm and many a tide, and yet could look the whole world in the face, although at times he is not dry, met with one of those occurrences which reminds one of the fleeting nature of time. The incident was witnessed by two local fishermen, William Johnston and James Thomson, who at the time were playing at “catching the lobster,” a very popular game round the west at present. During a breathing space in the game one of the twain looked up, and saw that half of the face of this very “old man” had fallen. The noise was like thunder, of the fall of many hundreds of tons of stones. A portion of the top of the “Old Man of Hoy” fell into the sea on Wednesday morning last. We are informed that the portion referred to was at the top where the rock seemed to be split, and the fall will not affect the height of the “Old Man” in any way, beyond making the head a little smaller, though none the less in height.

1922 August 16 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – CATTLE SHOW: – Rousay Agricultural Society held their annual show at Sourin on Tuesday last. Horses showed a decrease, but there was a gratifying advance in the number of cattle forward. The medal for the best one-year-old steer was won by Mr George Gibson, Avelshay, and the special prize for best two-year-old heifer went to Mr Hugh Craigie, Scockness. Calves were a very good lot. Mr William Moar, Saviskaill, secured the medal for the best gelding, while the reserve ticket went to Mr James Craigie, Falquoy.

The judges were: – Messrs D. Petrie, Northbigging, St Andrews; P. Maxwell, Orquil, St Ola; and J. Matches, Papdale, St Ola. The prize-list is as follows: –

CATTLE. – Calves – 1 John Corsie, Knarston; 2 and 3 Alan Gibson, Bigland; vhc George Gibson, Avelshay. Polled Cows – 1 John Corsie; 2 J. Gibson, Faraclett; 3 R. Seatter, Banks; vhc and hc A. Gibson; c John Corsie. Shorthorn Cows – 1 Wm. Moar, Saviskaill; 2, 3 and vhc Hugh Craigie, Scockness. Two-year-old Polled Queys – 1 J. Inkster, Woo; 2 and c G. Gibson; 3, vhc and hc Wm. Moar. Ditto Shorthorn Queys – 1 J. Corsie. Do. Polled Steers – 1 Wm. Moar. Do. Shorthorn Steers – 1 and medal G. Gibson. One-year-old Polled Queys – 1 G. Gibson, 2 John Corsie, 3 R Seatter, vhc A. Gibson, hc W. Moar, c H. Craigie. Do. Polled Steers – 1 H. Craigie, 2 G. Gibson, 3 J. Corsie, vhc A. Gibson, hc and c J Gibson. Do. Shorthorn Steers – 1 J. Inkster, 2 Wm. Moar, 3 and vhc R. Seatter. Board of Agriculture Prizes for Two-year-old Heifers – 1 J. Inkster, 2 Wm. Moar, 3 A. Gibson.

HORSES. – Draught Geldings – 1 J. Craigie, 2 A. Gibson, 3 G. Gibson. Draught Mares (yeld) – 1 J. Corsie, 2 and vhc W. Moar, 3 H. Craigie, hc J. Craigie. Three-year-old Fillies – 1 G. Gibson, 2 A. Gibson, 3 R. Seatter. Do. Geldings – 1 John Corsie. Do. Fillies – 1 H. Craigie. One-year-old Geldings – 1 G. Gibson. Do. Fillies – 1 H. Craigie, 2 G. Gibson. Board of Agriculture Prizes for Three-year-old Fillies – 1 G. Gibson, 2 A. Gibson, 3 R. Seatter.

SHEEP. – Ewes – 1 J. Corsie, 2 R. Seatter. Lambs – 1 and 2 R. Seatter.

1922 August 23 Orkney Herald



Sir Malcolm Smith, K.B.E., M.P. for Orkney and Shetland, opened a tour of his constituency on Wednesday evening, when he addressed an audience of 200 in Stromness Town Hall…..[On Thursday he visited North Ronaldsay, and on Friday it was the turn of Gairsay, Wyre, Egilsay and then Rousay, later that day].

MEETING IN ROUSAY. – In the evening a large and representative meeting, over which Mr James G. Craigie [Clerk, Parish Council & School Board] presided, was addressed by Sir Malcolm Smith in Sourin Public School, Rousay.

Sir Malcolm dealt with the Irish question, the question of unemployment and German reparations. He said that in the midst of all difficulties the Government had been making noble efforts to bring about a state of peace and prosperity in the country, and no-one more so than Mr Lloyd George. He had been unanimously elected as their representative in Parliament as a supporter of the Government, and while he did not say that the Government was, or that any Government could be, a perfect Government, he was satisfied that they had done right in giving the Government their support. Dealing with local questions, he referred to the county roads, and said he was hopeful that a special grant would be got for the reconstruction of roads in outlying districts like this county. As regards fishing, he had done, and would continue to do, all in his power to have the inshore fishing grounds protected for the line fishermen. He was in favour of continuing the embargo on the importation of foreign cattle.

Mr Gibson asked whether Sir Malcolm Smith would assist in getting a grievance with regard to the mail service to Wasbister district remedied. At present the letters for that district lie overnight at HuIlion Post Office before they are delivered. Sir Malcolm replied that this had already been brought to his notice, and suggested that a strong requisition should be made to the postmaster on the subject. If that failed, he was prepared to see the officials in London and endeavour to have an improvement in the service effected.

Rev. Mr Williamson – I am sorry that Mr Gibson did not put his question in a slightly different way. The principal complaint is that the Rousay mails lie at Evie overnight. I would be quite prepared to call at the Post Office for my letters if they were brought to the island daily.

Mr Clouston – Is the member prepared to hurry up the scheme for land settlement?

Sir Malcolm Smith – I am sorry that more progress has not been made in this direction. I have done, and shall continue to do, my utmost to expedite matters.

An Elector – Does the Government intend to take any steps to suppress the efforts of the German agents who try to stir up strife in the industrial classes?

Sir Malcolm Smith – The authorities have this matter fully in hand. I am sorry that they do not always bring the culprits publicly to book.

Mr Gibson – Would it be possible to get a grant for this pier in the way of getting it lengthened? At present there is very little water at the pier at low tide.

Sir Malcolm Smith – Anything of that kind should be stated by the County Council. The people should make representations to the County Council, who might make application to the Board of Agriculture, and if application were made, I would be prepared to back it up.

Rev. Mr Williamson – On the question of old age pensions, do you not think that as the law at present stands it is a premium on sloth?

Sir Malcolm Smith – I quite agree that there is a little inconsistency there; the man who has saved is punished in comparison with the man who has spent every penny.

Rev. Mr Williamson – On the question of the Temperance Act, instead of attacking people who hold licences by closing up one house here and another there. would there not be any way of getting at those who overstep the bounds of temperance? Would our representative take into consideration the question of rationing the individual as regards liquor in the same way as was done in the case of other commodities during war time?

Sir Malcolm Smith – The question of the Temperance Act is a very complicated one, and it is not easy to find a solution which will give satisfaction to all parties. The Act has only been in operation for a short time, and it may be better to let it go on for a little to see how it works.

Rev. Mr Williamson – What do you say on the question of Scottish Hume Rule?

Sir Malcolm Smith – I am in favour of Home Rule for Scotland. The congestion of business at Westminster will never be cured until we have devolution all round.

A vote of renewed confidence in Sir Malcolm Smith having been moved by Mr Gibson, Bigland, and carried with acclamation, the meeting terminated with a vote of thanks to the Chairman proposed by Sir Malcolm Smith.

1922 September 6 Orkney Herald


Any person Trespassing with dog or gun on the Farm or Holm of SCOCKNESS, or fishing for Trout ‘ex adverso’ of the shores of Scockness, Holm of Scockness, Knarston, Gorehouse, Banks, Nethermill, or Lopness, Rousay, will be prosecuted. Quarrying of stones on the foreshores of the above lands is strictly prohibited without written permission from the Subscriber.

JAMES MAINLAND, Factor. Gorehouse, Rousay.

[ex adverso’ means “opposite to” – a term used to describe the position of land or buildings.]

1922 September 13 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – PICNIC. – On Tuesday afternoon, September 5th, the school children of Wasbister, Frotoft, Sourin, and Veira, along with their teachers and some friends, assembled in the grounds of Trumland House, on the invitation of Dr and Mrs Barty King, for a picnic. The weather was excellent, and abundant refreshments were provided for, and distributed to all, after which a programme of sports was carried through by the various schools in friendly competition. Prizes were offered to those who were successful, and in addition a gift was provided for each child and a bag of sweets. Before leaving the grounds a hearty vote of thanks was offered, by all, to Dr and Mrs Barty King for a most enjoyable afternoon. Annexed is the prize-list: –

100 Yards’ Races – Boys, 12 and over – 1 William Gibson, 2 John Johnston; girls, 12 and over – 1 Ann Sinclair, 2 R. Craigie and Ruby Flaws (equal); boys, 10 and 11 – 1 John Costie, 2 S. Inkster; girls, 10 and 11 – 1 Mina Flaws, 2 Mollie Flaws; boys, 8 and 9 (1st division) – 1 William Craigie and Neil Flaws; (2nd division) – 1 William Smith and Thomas Inkster; girls, 8 and 9, 1 Mary Ann Petrie, 2 Ena Johnston; boys, 7 years – 1 Spencer Dexter, 2 D. Craigie. Race for boys, 5 and 6 – 1 William Grieve, 2 H. Marwick; ditto for girls – 1 Mary Yorston, 2 Sarah Smith. Sack Races – Boys, 11 and over – 1 John Costie, 2 William Gibson; boys, 10 and under – 1 William Craigie, 2 D. Marwick and S. Dexter. Three-legged Races – Girls, 11 and over – 1 Peggie Leonard and Ann Sinclair, 2 Elsie Inkster and Mary Leonard; girls, 10 and under – 1 A. Flaws and A. Craigie, 2 Margaret Flaws and Mary Wylie. Obstacle Races – Boys, 11 and over – 1 John Johnston, 2 William Gibson. Boys, 10 and under – 1 S. Marwick. 2 Wm. Craigie. Wheelbarrow Race for boys and girls – 1 Ann Sinclair and Wm. Craigie, 2 R. Flaws and G. Petrie. Men’s Race – 1 J. Williamson, 2 Robert Sinclair. Ladies’ Race – 1 Cecila Logie, 2 M. McLennan. Tug-of-War between schools – 1 Wasbister won v. Sourin; 2 Veira won v. Frotoft; 3 Viera won v. Wasbister. Tug-of-War – Trumland House v. Rousay – Rousay won.

1922 September 20 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY. The Women’s Foreign Mission Committee of Rousay United Free Church are sending to the Fund the sum of £10 16s 6d as their contribution from the women of the congregation for this year. The sum shows an increase over the previous year.

1922 October 18 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY YACHT SUNK – On Journey from Woodwick to Veira. – Two men narrowly escaped from drowning on Wednesday of last week. They were proceeding in a yacht, belonging to Mr John Logie, Rousay, from Woodwick, in Evie, to Veira, when the boat struck a skerry and was holed. After considerable difficulty they managed to get her off, but before anything further could be done she sank in deep water. Fortunately the yacht was towing a dingy, and the men managed to board it, and reached the land little the worse of their trying experience.

1922 November 1 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – WELFARE OF YOUTH. – At Frotoft School, on Sunday evening, October 22nd, the third of a series of Welfare of Youth meetings was held. It took the form, particularly, of a service of praise, which was carried through in an efficient manner by a temporary choir with Mr D. Mackay as conductor. An appreciative audience filled the schoolroom and the seating accommodation was insufficient. An address was delivered by Rev. D. S. Brown on the Scriptural command to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” in view of these sinister facts of modern civilisation – the struggle for life in congested areas in cities, and the number of unemployed workers.

1922 November 29 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – MARRIAGE. – A company gathered together on the evening of Wednesday, November 22nd, at the house of Mr William Sutherland, blacksmith, in connection with the marriage of his daughter, Miss Maggie Sutherland, to Mr G. W. Marwick, Longhope, at which Rev. D. S. Brown officiated. After the ceremony the young people received a shower of congratulatory telegrams from absent friends. Thereafter a pleasant evening was spent by the assembled company. The chief event in it was the proposing of a toast, which was responded to by all, standing, and in the heartiest fashion, to “Our M.P., Sir Robert Hamilton.”

[The Sutherland family lived at Viera View. The groom, George William Marwick, was the son of William Marwick and Annie Taylor, Corse, later Melsetter. Sir Robert William Hamilton was the then newly elected Liberal M.P. for Orkney and Shetland.]

1922 December 6 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – GUILD SOCIAL. – At Sourin U.F. Church, on Thursday evening, Nov. 30th, the Guild held a social meeting. Rev. D. S. Brown occupied the chair as honorary president, and there was a good attendance of the general public. The meeting was addressed by Messrs Alex. Grieve, president, and by Mr John Inkster, vice-president of the Guild. The meeting was chiefly musical, and the Guild choir, under the efficient leadership of Mr J. W. Grieve, with Miss Bella Grieve as organist, rendered the programme of sacred music in a pleasing and tuneful fashion, which was much appreciated by the audience, and a number of the singers received a recall. A committee of ladies had charge of the refreshments, which were distributed, with tea, during the interval; and all whose labour had contributed to make the meeting a success received a hearty vote of thanks at the close.