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1923 January 10 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – WHIST DRIVE AND DANCE. – On Friday evening, the 29th December, a most successful whist drive and dance took place in the Frotoft School-room. The night being fine, there was a large turnout of the young folks, who thoroughly enjoyed the whole proceedings. Eleven tables were occupied, and on the cards being counted the following were declared winners: – Gentlemen – 1st R. Logie, Kirkwall; 2nd Hugh Sutherland; booby, James Sinclair. Ladies – 1st Miss Lily Muir, Kirkwall; 2nd Miss R. Elphinstone; booby, Miss K. Gibson. At the close of the drive tea was served, after which the school-room was cleared and a most successful dance took place, being kept up with great vigour for a few hours. Much credit is due to the committee for the able and efficient manner in which all the arrangements were carried through, thus adding much to the evening’s enjoyment.

SCHOOL TREAT AND CONCERT. – On the evening of Friday the 22nd Dec. at the invitation of Miss Sinclair, teacher, the scholars attending Frotoft School, along with their parents and friends, were entertained in the school-room, which was nicely decorated for the occasion. The duties of chairman were efficiently discharged by Mr Logie, Trumland. The first part of the programme consisted of a concert by the scholars, which was beautifully rendered and greatly appreciated by all present. Tea was then served by a band of willing helpers. Next to make its appearance was a boat, beautifully decorated and lit up, laden with toys for the children, the distribution being performed by Mr Logie in his usual happy style. In addition, a parcel of fruit, presented by the Rev. D. S. Brown, was also given to the children. At the close a special vote of thanks was accorded to Miss Sinclair for her kindness and to Mr Logie for occupying the chair. Annexed is the programme: –

Opening speech, Hugh Marwick; song. “Caller O’u,” scholars; sketch, “Christmas Pie,” girls; song, “Hey, ho the morning dew,” James Marwick; recitation, “The Lily and the Rose,” Annie Reid; song, “The Oak and the Ash,” Minnie Reid; recitation, “His Sister,” John Marwick; song, “Farewell to Fiunary,” scholars; recitation, “The Piggiewig,” Wm. Smith; song, “The Alpine Herdsman,” Wm. Gibson; dance, “The Merry Milkmaids,” M. Sinclair, A. Reid, M. Yorston, Sarah Smith, William Smith, John Marwick, James Marwick, Hugh Marwick; recitation, “Willie’s Hearing,” Wm. Gibson; recitation, “I’m the Boy that Can Do It,” James Marwick, Hugh Marwick, James Yorston, James Hume; song, “A Barcarolle,” scholars; recitation, “The Puzzled Schoolmaster,” James Craigie; duet, “The Bluebells of Scotland,” Mary Yorston and Hugh Marwick; recitation, “Boys,” William Craigie; song, “By the Ganges River,” James Craigie; recitation, “Dolly’s Christening,” Annie Johnston; recitation, “Mother Christmas,” Sarah Smith; duet, “Oh, wert thou in the cauld hast?” Wm. Gibson and James Craigie; song, “Aeroplane,” James Marwick, Hugh Marwick, and James Yorston; sketch, “Blindman’s Buff,” Landlord, James Craigie; Waiter, James Smith; Rogues, William Gibson, William Craigie, William Smith; song, “A Hebridean Sea Reiver’s Song,” scholars; sketch, “Mother’s Darlings,” Mrs Brown, Mabel Sinclair; Mrs Green, Rose Leonard; Harry Brown, William Craigie; Tom Green, James Smith: Gardener, James Craigie.


[Caller O’u (The Boatmen of the Forth)

When winter winds howl, and the sea rolling high,
Our boatmen sae brave all dangers defy
Their last haul on board, they steer for the shore,
Their live cargo landed is soon at our door.

CHORUS:  Caller o’u!  Caller o’u!
Caller o’u frae the Forth
Caller o’u!  Caller o’u!

At night round the ingle sae canty are we,
The oyster lass brings her treat frae the sea;
Wi’ music and sang, as time passes by,
We hear in the distance the creel lassie’s cry.

Success to the boatmen at hame and awa’,
At kirk and at fair there’s nane gaes sae braw;
And lead be their dames, sae blythesome and fair;
Their voice in the evening is music to hear.]

1923 January 24 Orkney Herald

THE STORM. – During the greater part of last week the islands were storm swept. On Friday the storm reached its height, and the mail packet St Ola had to return to Stromness after having been within sight of her destination. On Saturday the elements showed no sign of improving, and again the passage to Scrabster could not be made. The s.s. St RognvaId had a very stormy passage coming north. Leaving Aberdeen at 1 p.m. on Friday she did not reach Kirkwall till nineteen hours later. The St Ola crossed the Firth on Sunday, and the two days’ letters were delivered on Monday morning. No serious damage is reported to have been done to shipping in Orkney waters. A large number of trawlers sought shelter at the various piers.

LAND COURT DECISION. – Alex. James Munro, farmer, Standpretty, Rousay, applied to the Land Court for resumption of the holding of Swandale. The Court issued its decision on Tuesday, and authorised the applicant to resume possession at the term of Martinmas, 1923, for the purpose of personal residence, it being his only landed estate, and of which respondent, Hugh Craigie, is statutory small tenant.

1923 March 7 Orkney Herald

Mr Duncan J. Robertson, hon. Secretary and Treasurer, Balfour Hospital, begs to acknowledge a subscription of £10 from the Rousay Co-operative Society.

ROUSAY – PLOUGHING MATCH. – The annual ploughing match of the Rousay Agricultural Society was held on Tuesday, the 20th inst., in a field on the farm of Woo, kindly granted by Mrs John Inkster for the occasion. Owing to the inclement weather only six ploughs turned up. During the day the ploughmen were liberally supplied with refreshments on the field, and when their work was done. The committee take this opportunity of tendering their thanks to Mrs Inkster for granting the field, to the judges for their services, to Mrs Inkster for the kindly hospitality, and to all those who contributed to the funds of the society. In the evening the judges and committee were entertained to a sumptuous tea by Mrs Inkster. The judges were Messrs John Work, Caskald, Shapinsay, and Peter Swanney, Balfour Village. Shapinsay. Annexed is the prize-list; –

PLOUGHING. – 1 and cup, James Smith, No. 2 Frotoft; 2 John Leonard, Faraclett; 3 William Inkster, Woo; 4 James Gibson, jr., Hullion; 5 James Lyon. Ervadale; 6 Davidson Harrold, Nearhouse; youngest ploughman, James Gibson. jr.; feering, finish, and straightest ploughing, James Smith.

GROOMING. – 1 and medal, Davidson Harrold; 2 James Gibson, jr.; 3 John Leonard; 4 James Smith; 5 William Inkster; 6 James Lyon.

HARNESS. – 1 and medal, Davidson Harrold; 2 John Leonard; 3 James Gibson. jr.; 4 James Lyon; 5 William Inkster. The man with most points, James Smith.

LANTERN SERVICES. – During the past week mission lantern services were held at Frotoft School on Feb. 27th, and at Veira on March 1st, the subject being “Mission work in South Arabia.” Prizes were presented, for attendance, to the successful boys and girls in the League of Young Worshippers at Frotoft at the meeting there, and all the members of it were congratulated on the work which they had done for the church, although most of their homes were about three miles distant from it. There was a good meeting at Veira, with favourable weather, and the school children contributed to the success of it by their singing in parts, and prizes were also presented to the Sabbath-school there, from which a message of goodwill is to be forwarded to Miss Garrioch, missionary at Moukden, Manchuria. The children of Sourin Sabbath-school were also entertained at the Manse on Friday evening, March 2nd, to whom the lantern pictures were shown, and among whom prizes for attendance were distributed. Rev. D. S. Brown. M.A., delivered the address on “Missions,” and Mrs Brown was lanternist.

FAITH-HEALING. – One of a series of address, under the Welfare of Youth Scheme, was delivered in Wasbister School on Sunday night, Feb. 25th, by Rev. D. S. Brown. The address was on “Faith-healing,” and showed how the promise of religion that the prayer of faith shall save the sick is often fulfilled in our day. Dr Grenfell was mentioned as having noticed how an acute case of toothache was charmed away, faith being the sole condition. The ordinary work of the hypnotic healer was also described, with examples. The latest form of this, known as auto-suggestion, practised with marvellous results, through using the now well-known formula of Coué, “with confidence,” before falling asleep and after awakening from sleep, repeating it twenty times: “Day by day, in every way, I’m getting better and better.”…..

1923 March 21 Orkney Herald



The presentation of a Chesterfield easy chair to Mr William Inkster, formerly Firemaster of Aberdeen, by members of Aberdeen, Caithness, Orkney and Shetland Association, and a similar chair for Mrs Inkster, was the feature of the annual meeting of the members and friends of that association in the Central Hall on Wednesday night. The presentation was intended to mark the appreciation of the members of service to the association, Mr Inkster having been one of its founders twenty-four years ago. On one of the chairs a plate is to be affixed bearing the inscription: – “Presented to Mr and Mrs William Inkster by members of the Aberdeen, Caithness, Orkney and Shetland Association as a mark of esteem and regard on the occasion of their returning to the homeland. March 1923.” Mr Swanson, the president, said Mr Inkster was one of the few remaining original founders of the Association 24 years ago. Then and ever since Mr Inkster had been the life and centre of their association, ever ready to welcome members to the meetings. (Applause.)

Mr Fraser, one of the hon. Presidents, in making the presentation, said that Mr Inkster, after an honourable record of public in the city, had retired and decided to go to Kirkwall to stay, and the members had decided to make him a presentation for the active share he had taken in the association’s work, as they all knew. (Applause.) They hoped Mr and Mrs Inkster would long be spared to enjoy the comfort of the Chesterfield chairs in their home. (Applause.)


Mr Inkster, in acknowledging, said he hoped to retain his interest in this association. and would endeavour, even if sea-sick both coming and going, to be present at the next year’s celebrations of the semi-jubilee of its foundation. (Applause.) Mr Inkster, in reminiscent vein, referred to several of those who had been at the formation of the association, and spoke of its progress and the good work it had done in looking after the interests of north folk, in contributing to the funds of the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, which proved so beneficial to many from the Islands and Caithness, and to the great feeling of camaraderie which existed.

Complimentary addresses regarding Mr Inkster’s worth and work were made by Mr H. A. Pole, the association’s treasurer, and Mr J. F. Miller, vice-president, and the chairman read a letter from Mr A. H. Gunn, one of the founders of the association, and also intimated the best wishes for Mr and Mrs Inkster’s happiness from the Rev. A. Irvine Pirie, formerly minister of Carden Place United Free Church, the war-time president of the association…..

1923 May 2 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – CHURCH NOTES. – Rousay U. F. Church has opened a Sunday-school in Frotoft with three teachers, Mr James Low, Westness Cottage, as superintendent. This is the fourth Sunday-school, including the League of Young Worshippers, the fifth organisation for work among the young, which has been set up by this church during the last four years, and all of them are thriving under excellent management in the different districts of this scattered parish. Messrs John Mainland, Westness, Rousay, and William Craigie, Rusness, Veira, were ordained to the office of eldership in Trumland U.F. Church on April 22nd.

1923 May 9 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – PRAISE SERVICE. – There was held in Frotoft School, on April 29th, a service of praise by a temporary choir under the leadership of Mr D. Mackay, with a silver collection in aid of the funds of Balfour Hospital. With favourable weather an appreciative audience, consisting largely of young people from all parts of the island, filled the schoolroom, and the sitting accommodation taxed the ingenuity of the promoters. The cantata which had been chosen was entitled “Old Davie,” with Mr John Logie as an efficient reader, who enabled the people to follow with interest and sympathy the fortunes of the old miner, with his sturdy righteousness and evangelical spirit and strenuous fight against adverse circumstances, whose uncanny foresight – and forefeeling – of an impending colliery explosion was not believed and acted upon in time to ward off the calamity. The hymns, which threw light upon the story, were sung in a tuneful and most impressive way by the choir, which did credit to their own careful preparation and to their training under Mr Mackay, without the help of any instrument, so that the sacred song and story gathered force as they went along to the climax, which formed their natural ending, and were received with unusual stillness. Rev. D. S. Brown was chairman.

[Mr D. Mackay was postman Danny Mackay, who lived with his wife Mary at Crusday.]

1923 May 16 Orkney Herald

THE WEATHER. – Never was the well-known saying, “Never cast a cloot till May is oot,” better amplified than during the fortnight that has lapsed of this month. Whatever direction the wind blew from, the temperature was invariably extremely cold. Last Thursday a fierce south easterly gale, accompanied by snow, hail, and heavy rain, swept over Orkney, and continued without intermission all day. On Friday the wind had veered to the north-east, and drier conditions prevailed, but on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday rain fell heavily at intervals, and the air was extremely cold. Yesterday (Tuesday) there was a slight improvement in the weather; the wind, however, was still blowing from a northerly direction, but there were bright periods of sunshine during the day. The cold, disagreeable conditions have seriously checked vegetation, and grass looked better in March than it does to-day. Owing to the wet, farmers are unable to get on with the preparation of the land for turnip sowing.

EX-FIREMASTER INKSTER HONOURED. – On the occasion of his leaving Aberdeen, Mr William Inkster, late firemaster, was met on Tuesday evening of last week by the office-bearers of Aberdeen King Street U.F. Church, with which he was connected, and presented with an American Perfection oil-cooking stove and oven. The presentation was made by the Rev. W. J. M. Macgregor, in the church hall, in the presence of a large company.

Mr Macgregor, in handing over the gift, referred to the many outstanding changes in the life of the church during the 26 years Mr Inkster had been connected with the congregation. Many of these, like the publication of the Church Hymnary in 1898, the Union of the Churches in 1900, the judgment of the House of Lords in 1904, and the local union of Nelson Street and St Andrew’s (forming King Street congregation) in 1909, were questions of wide interest, but each congregation had to consider them and decide their attitude towards them, and in all such deliberations Mr Inkster had taken part. But service as an office-bearer was not the total sum of the congregation’s indebtedness. One service which a minister could appreciate was regular attendance at public worship, and unless hindered by duty or sickness, Mr Inkster’s place was rarely empty. Another unfailing service rendered was the cordial way in which he welcomed strangers who came to the church. In many other ways Mr Inkster had helped the congregation and proved his usefulness.

The presentation perhaps took an unusual form, he added, but the committee had asked Mr Inkster to guide them to what would be of service. He (Mr Macgregor) thought that a cooking stove was a very happy choice, for while the presentation was to Mr Inkster, by the nature of it, Mrs Inkster, [‘Fiery Bill’s’ second wife, Sarah Folsetter, Dale, Evie] whose worth and quiet work they all appreciated, would get the benefit. It was no use putting an inscription upon a stove, for few would have a chance to read it, but if there were it would run: –

Presented to Mr William Inkster by his fellow-office-bearers and friends in King Street United Free Church, Aberdeen, on the occasion of his leaving the city, as a token of appreciation of many services rendered during his long connection with the congregation. – Aberdeen. 8th May, 1923.

Mr and Mrs Inkster were now retiring to their native county, where no doubt they would find many changes from the old days. Their earnest wishes were that Mr and Mrs Inkster might be spared for long years to enjoy the calm and light of eventide.

Mr Inkster suitably replied.

1923 May 23 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – CHURCH UNION SERVICE. – Following the excellent example of the E.C. and U.F. congregations of Eday, there was held here, in Wasbister School on Sabbath afternoon, May 13th, a Communion service which was undenominational. Representative elders from both churches took part in dispensing the sacrament, and Mr Brown conducted the service. There was a good attendance, and the meeting, in the way of promoting good feeling and church unity, was felt by all present to be a success. Now one wishes that such union meetings were common everywhere.

DEATH OF A NATIVE IN CANADA. – The “Goderich Star,” Ontario, Canada, of April 26, contains the following reference to the death of Mrs James Craigie, a native of this island: – “After an illness of about two weeks from influenza, Mrs Jas. Craigie passed away on Sunday last in her 77th year. The deceased was of a quiet, retiring disposition, a home lover, and a regular attendant at the services of Knox Church when in health. She had been a resident of Goderich for the past fifty-two years. She was born in Rousay, Orkney Islands, Oct. 11th, 1846, and was married there in 1870. On coming to Canada Mr and Mrs Craigie settled at Goderich. Mr Craigie had come out the previous year and returned to Scotland to be married, and brought his bride out with him. It is seventeen years since he died. Three sisters of Mrs Craigie’s, Mrs Alex. Craigie, of town, and Mrs Neil Craigie, of Edinburgh, and Mrs John Corsie, of Kirkwall, Scotland, survive, and one brother, Mr William Craigie, of Kirkwall. Of a family of ten Mrs Craigie is survived by six children as follows: Mrs W. A. Doner, of Toronto; Mr James Craigie, of Buffalo; Mrs E. P. Chewning, of Washington. D. C.; Mr John W. Craigie, of town; Mrs W. P. Abell, of town, and Mr Fred Craigie, of town. The funeral was held on Tuesday afternoon. Rev. R. C. McDermid conducting the services and the pall-bearers being the deceased three sons; two grandsons, Mr Oswald Craigie, of Buffalo, and Mr Fred W. Doner, of Toronto, and a nephew, Mr Wm. Craigie, of Toronto. The whole family were here for the funeral, and in addition to those already mentioned, Mr W. A. Doner, of Toronto, also was here. Many beautiful floral tributes came from friends in Washington, Toronto and London as well as Goderich.”

[‘Mrs James Craigie’ was Mary Craigie, the daughter of William Craigie, Fa’doon, later Mount Pleasant, and Janet Inkster, Pow.]




On the eve of his departure from Aberdeen to his native place in Orkney, Mr William Inkster, late firemaster of Aberdeen, was on Thursday night entertained by a number of representative business men of the city and presented with a wallet of Treasury notes, with a handsome pearl ring for his wife. The presentation took place in the Douglas Hotel, and, under the chairmanship of ex-Bailie Todd, the occasion proved an enjoyable one…..

The Chairman, in making the presentation, said the business men of Aberdeen considered that they could not allow Mr Inkster to leave the city without showing some appreciation of his services and the many good turns he had done for the citizens. He gave a sketch of Mr Inkster’s career as firemaster from 1896 to 1921. Mr Inkster, he said, was trained at the Southwark Fire Station, London, and came from there to Aberdeen with the best of recommendations. He mentioned some of the most serious fires that had occurred in Aberdeen during Mr Inkster’s time, and said his handling of them fully justified his recommendations. He spoke also of the erection of the new Fire Station in King Street, and pointed out that Aberdeen was the first city in Scotland to adopt motor fire engines, being closely followed by Glasgow. Apart from his duties as firemaster, Mr Inkster had always been willing and ready to help in charitable and philanthropic objects. That accounted for the fact that the presentation had been subscribed to from many different quarters and by many different classes of society in the city. The testimonial to Mr Inkster would not be complete without including Mrs Inkster, whom they all knew as a lady who was always ready to do what she could to help others. (Applause.) They hoped that Mr and Mrs Inkster would have many years of happiness in their retirement. (Applause.)

A Challenge to the Kingdom: – Mr Inkster, in acknowledging the gifts, said he hoped the Fire Station at King Street would be regarded as a testimony to his career in Aberdeen. His office was his life, and he could challenge the United Kingdom to produce a better staff than they had in Aberdeen. (Applause.) Apart from his official work his greatest concern was in connection with the Lifeboat Institution and the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, and it was his intention, when he got back to his native place, to do something more for the Infirmary. (Applause.) He spoke of the kindness and assistance he had always received from the press, and from the citizens generally. He was glad to be able to leave the Fire Station of Aberdeen one of the best in the kingdom both for equipment and personnel. (Applause.)

Mr James Connor, sheriff clerk depute, adding his tribute to Mr Inkster’s good qualities, pointed out that the firemaster was trained under the famous Captain Shaw. and he believed that Gilbert, in the opera “lolanthe,” had used Captain Shaw’s name simply because he could not get a word to rhyme with ” Inkster.” (Laughter and applause.)…..

1923 June 27 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – PRESENTATION OF ADDRESS. – The  Rev. A. I. Pirie, who is senior minister of Rousay U.F. Church. and who was resident there for many years and carried on the active work of the ministry, conducted divine service in Trumland U.F. Church on Sabbath afternoon, June 17th. At the close of it he was presented by Mr John Logie, treasurer of the church, with an  illuminated address from the office-bearers and members, which bore testimony to his long and faithful work as pastor and to the esteem in which he is held, and also Mrs Pirie, by all in the district. Mr Pirie suitably replied. The service was well attended, and was enlivened by a number of sacred pieces which were sung in a tuneful and pleasing way by the choir, with Mr George Gibson as conductor and Miss Baikie as organist. Rev. D. S. Brown, who is Mr Pirie’s colleague and successor, also took part in the proceedings, and referred to the cordial relations which have been maintained by all parties concerned. Reference was also made to the fact that this is the year of Mr Pirie’s jubilee.

1923 August 15 Orkney Herald



Rousay Agricultural Society held their annual show at Banks, Sourin, on Tuesday last week, when there were increased entries both in horse and cattle sections. A special trip was run from Kirkwall by the s.s. Countess of Bantry, which was taken advantage of by about 60 passengers. The day was fairly good until the afternoon, when rain marred the proceedings. Messrs J. & W. Tait’s cup for best mare in yard was won by Mr Thomas Gibson, Broland, and Messrs Flett & Sons’ medal for best gelding was awarded to Mr Thomas Inkster, Nearhouse. The medal presented by Mr John Duncan, cattle salesman, Aberdeen, for best cow in yard was secured by Mr Thomas Inkster, Nearhouse, and a cakestand from Mr Moir, Aberdeen, for best yearling bullock or heifer bred by exhibitor, went to Mr Alan C. Gibson, Bigland. The arrangements for the show were carried out by Mr A. J. Harrold. The judges were: – Messrs D. Petrie, Midbigging, St Andrews; P. Maxwell, Orquil, St Ola; and W. Matches, Papdale, St Ola. Annexed is the prize list: –

CATTLE. – Calves – 1 R. Seatter, Banks; 2 Hugh Craigie, Scockness; 3 A. C. Gibson, Bigland; vhc John Corsie, Knarston; hc Thomas Inkster, Nearhouse; c George Gibson. Avelshay. Polled cows – 1 Thomas Inkster, 2 A. C. Gibson. 3 Wm. Moar, Saviskaill; vhc Geo. Gibson. Shorthorn Cows – 1 Wm. Moar, 2 Thos. Marwick, Glebe; 3 Hugh Craigie, vhc John Gibson, Faraclett. Two-year-old Polled Queys – Geo. Gibson, 2 Alan C. Gibson, 3 Wm. Moar, vhc Robert Seatter, hc and c, Hugh Craigie. Two-year-old Shorthorn Queys – 1 Wm. Moar, 2 Thos. Inkster. Board of Agriculture prize for Two-year-old Heifers – 1 Geo. Gibson, 2 A. C. Gibson, 3 Wm. Moar. Two-year-old Polled Steers – 1 Wm. Moar, 2 and hc Robert Seatter, 3 and vhc Hugh Craigie. One-year-old Polled Queys – 1 and vhc A. C. Gibson, 2 Thos. Marwick, 3 Thos. Inkster, hc Hugh Craigie, c Robert Seatter. One-year-old Shorthorn Queys – 1 Wm. Moar. One-year-old Polled Steers – 1 A. C. Gibson, 2 and vhc Geo. Gibson, 3 Thos. Marwick, hc Robert Seatter, c Thos. Inkster. One-year-old Shorthorn Steers – 1 and 3 Wm. Moar, 2 G. Gibson, vhc John Gibson, hc and c John Corsie. Cakestand – A. C. Gibson (for best bullock or heifer bred by exhibitor). Medal for best cow – Thomas Inkster.

HORSES. – Draught Geldings – 1 and vhc Thos. Inkster, 2 A. C. Gibson, 3 James Craigie, Falquoy, hc John Gibson. Yeld Mares – 1 George Gibson, 2 Thomas Gibson, Broland; 3 Robt. Seatter. Three-year-old Geldings – 1 John Corsie. Three-year-old Fillies – 1 John Inkster, Woo; 2 John Gibson. Two-year-old Geldings – 1 George Gibson, 2 John Corsie. Two-year-old Fillies – 1 James Craigie, Falquoy; 2 John Craigie, Falquoy; 3 George Gibson, Avelshay. One-year-old Fillies – 1 Thomas Gibson, Broland. Board of Agriculture prize – Three-year-old Mares  – 1 John Inkster, Woo; 2 John Gibson. J. & W. Tait’s Cup – 1 Thomas Gibson. Broland. J. Flett & Sons’ Medal – Thos. Inkster, Nearhouse.

Horse-shoeing – James Munro, Standpretty. (Robert Grieve, blacksmith).

SHEEP. – Pair of Ewes – 1 J. Corsie, Knarston; 2 and 3 Robert Seatter, Banks. Pair of Lambs – 1 Robert Seatter, 2 John Corsie, 3 John Inkster, Woo.

1923 September 12 Orkney Herald



The Farm of HURTISO, extending to 63 acres arable and 13 acres pasture;
good Steading and Dwelling-house.
Also, the Farm of HUNCLETT, 47 acres, of which one-half are arable, with
exclusive right of grazing over 80 acres hill pasture.
The present tenants are not purchasing.
For further particulars, apply to JOHN LOGIE, Trumland, Rousay, or
Messrs MACKENZIE & KERMACK, W.S., 9 Hill Street, Edinburgh.

1923 September 26 Orkney Herald



The Presbytery of North Isles met at the church of Rousay on Friday last for the purpose of ordaining the Rev. Roderick Fraser, formerly assistant minister at Alloa, and inducting him to the church and parish of Rousay and Egilshay, which has become vacant through the translation of the Rev. John Williamson to Kirkfieldbank.

Mr Macpherson, minister at Evie, was present, and was associated with the Presbytery.

Mr Richmond, Shapinsay, who acted as Moderator of the Kirk-Session during the vacancy, presided, and preached a powerful and appropriate sermon from the text “I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Mr Murison, the Clerk of the Presbytery, detailed the cause of the vacancy and the steps taken towards filling up the same, and solemnly set Mr Fraser apart to the office of the holy ministry, and admitted him to the church and parish of Rousay and Egilshay, the brethren present giving Mr Fraser the right hand of fellowship.

Mr Murison afterwards addressed the newly-admitted minister, and Mr Richmond the people.

At the close of the service Mr Fraser received a warm welcome from the congregation, and from the elders of the church, Messrs Moar, Inkster, Corsie, and Lyon.

The ceremony of ordination was invested, in this case, with special interest, inasmuch as it is half a century since a minister, who had not been previously ordained, was settled in Rousay. Mr Fraser comes to Orkney with high credentials, and his harmonious settlement in Rousay promises well.

1923 October 24 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – AMERICAN PRESIDENT’S APPRECIATION. – A copy of the Rousay book on Mysticism, “The Faith that Works by Love,” having been forwarded to President Coolidge, U.S.A., his secretary has sent this gracious reply [to its author – The Rev. D. S. Brown, Rousay]: –

The White House.
Washington, Sept. 17, 1923.

My Dear Sir. – I beg to acknowledge on behalf of the President your kindness in sending him a copy of your book. I know that he will appreciate the friendly thought which prompted you to extend this courtesy to him. – Very truly yours.

E. T. CLARK, Secretary.

1923 December 12 Orkney Herald

ORCADIAN HISTORY. – Reviewing Mr J. Mooney’s book, “Eynhallow,” the ‘Aberdeen Press and Journal’ says: – “Despite its unassuming size, this little book represents an important contribution not merely to Orcadian but also to Scottish history and archaeology. Since the discovery by Dietrichson in 1906 that the uninhabited island of Eynhallow, “Holy Island,” was the scene of the Cistercian “Abbey of the Orkneys,” and that substantial ruins of the conventual establishment still remain, a good deal of interest has been taken in this remote but sacred spot, and the ecclesiastical remains have been placed under the Ancient Monuments Department of H.M. Office of Works. In the present volume Mr Mooney has set himself to collect into handy compass all the available information about the past and present condition of the island, and its historical and antiquarian interest. To the task he has brought wide and deep personal knowledge of Orcadian history, and the result is a book which will merit gratitude of Scottish historians and archaeologists.”