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Newsprint – 1929

1929 January 2 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – CONCERT. – A most enjoyable concert was held in the Wasbister School on the evening of the 21st December. The schoolroom was beautifully decorated with evergreens, and gaily coloured festoons gave the room a bright and Christmassy appearance, while the new stage with its scenic arrangements was splendidly got up for the occasion. Despite the unfavourable weather conditions, the room was crowded with an appreciative audience, who heartily applauded each item on the programme. In the unavoidable absence of Mr Gibson, the Bungalow, Mr Kirkness, Quoyostray, presided over the gathering, and after a few introductory remarks called on one of the scholars to give the opening speech. The programme, which was a very attractive one, consisted of choruses, solos, trio, recitations, dialogue, playlet, and play, and the little people, one and all, did their parts to perfection. After the last chorus had been rendered, Mr Kirkness called for very hearty votes of thanks to Miss [Tina] Mathieson, who had trained her pupils so efficiently; to the children who had acquitted themselves so well; to the committee for their able management, and to the ladies who had charge of the commissariat department. These being heartily given, Mr Sinclair, Vacquoy, called for a vote of thanks to the chairman. Tea was then served by the committee, after which the floor was cleared and dancing was carried on with much zest until an early hour. Excellent dance music was supplied on the piano by Miss Mathieson and Mesdames Grieve and Moar, and on the violin by Messrs Craigie, Johnston, and Clouston. Annexed is the programme: –

Chairman’s remarks; opening speech, Thora Kirkness; chorus, “The Merry Band”; recitation, “I’m the Wee Boy That Can Do It,” Jim Craigie, Willie Marwick, Hughie Sinclair, and Jim Sinclair; solo, “The Little Gipsy Girl,” Netta Sinclair; recitation, “A Boy’s Grievance,” Leonard Marwick; chorus, “Children of Iceland”; recitation, “Little Pussy,” Clementina Donaldson; action song, “Shoemaker John,” 5 girls and 7 boys; recitation, “When Father Carves the Duck,” Jeannie Donaldson; nursery rhymes, sung and recited by 7 little ones; dialogue – “Dining by Steam,” Armit Sinclair, Leonard Marwick, Spencer Dexter, and Jim Marwick; solo, “Telling Dolly,” Kathleen Craigie; “Eightsome Reel,” 8 pupils; action song, “Shopping,” 5 girls and 5 boys; recitation, “The Little Moon,” Clara Donaldson; marching chorus; recitation, “The Mad Goblin,” Thora Kirkness; trio, “A Lullaby,” Betsy Marwick, Netta Sinclair, and Kathleen Craigie; playlet in verse, “The Christmas Pie,” 7 little ones; Darky solo, “Poor Old Joe,” Sinclair Craigie; recitation, “Missing,” Stanley Moar; play, “Molly’s Wish,” Anna Marwick, Thora Kirkness, Kathleen Craigie, Netta Sinclair, Clara Donaldson, and Agnes Marwick; closing chorus, “The Fox and the Goose.”


[Here is Jeannie Donaldson’s recitation “When Father Carves the Duck,” written in 1891 by Ernest Vincent Wright.]

We all look on with anxious eyes
When Father carves the duck
And mother almost always sighs
When Father carves the duck
Then all of us prepare to rise
And hold our bibs before our eyes
And be prepared for some surprise
When Father carves the duck.

He braces up and grabs a fork
Whene’er he carves a duck
And won’t allow a soul to talk
Until he’s carved the duck.
The fork is jabbed into the sides
Across the breast the knife he slides
While every careful person hides
From flying chips of duck.

The platter’s always sure to slip
When Father carves a duck.
And how it makes the dishes skip!
Potatoes fly amuck!
The squash and cabbage leap in space
We get some gravy in our face
And Father mutters Hindu grace
Whene’er he carves a duck.

We then have learned to walk around
the dining room and pluck
From off the windowsills and walls
Our share of Father’s duck
While Father growls and blows and jaws
And swears the knife was full of flaws
And Mother laughs at him because
He couldn’t carve a duck.

1929 January 30 Orkney Herald

WINTRY WEATHER. – During last week there was a considerable amount of ground frost, which made the streets and roads rather difficult for pedestrians. On Monday morning there was a heavy fall of snow, and the younger members of the community are enjoying it to the full, “clogs” and sledges being much in evidence.

1929 February 6 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – PLOUGHING MATCH. – The annual ploughing match of the Rousay Agricultural Society was held on Wednesday, 30th January, at Trumland Farm, on a field kindly granted for the occasion by Mr James Johnston. The weather was not too pleasant for the event, but despite the heavy rain that fell during the morning, 18 ploughmen (2 champions and 16 ordinary) turned out to try their skill. Mr John Craigie, Furse, visited the field, thus enabling the society to procure the Highland and Agricultural Society’s medal.

During the day the ploughmen, judges, and committee were liberally supplied with refreshments, and in the evening a sumptuous dinner was served.

The society take this opportunity of thanking Mr and Mrs Johnston for their hospitality, the judges for their valuable services, the Kirkwall merchants, and all others who contributed special prizes, also the subscribers to the funds.

Messrs John Spence, Schoolha’, and John Rendall, Nisthouse, Evie, acted as judges, and their decisions, which gave general satisfaction, are as follows: –

PLOUGHING. – CHAMPIONS – 1 and cup, presented by Mr Walter Grant, Robert Johnston, Trumland; 2 Malcolm Hourie, Innister. Feering and finish, Robert Johnston.

ORDINARY. – 1 and Highland and Agricultural Society’s medal, Sam Inkster, Wasdale; 2 James Craigie, Falquoy; 3 Archibald Wylie, Westness; 4 David Craigie, Nearhouse; 5 Thomas Marwick, Quoys; 6 Stanley Gibson, Woo; 7 Albert Munro, Banks; 8 Hugh Robertson, Langskaill; 9 Ronald Shearer, Curquoy; 10 John Craigie, Westness; 11 Thomas Sinclair, Banks; 12 John Petrie, Trumland. Feering and finish, Sam Inkster; cup for best ploughed rig on field, Robert Johnston. (This cup becomes his own property, having been won by him three times); best feering on field, Robert Johnston; best finish on field, Sam Inkster; straightest ploughing, Sam Inkster.

HARNESS. – 1 and medal, John Petrie, Trumland; 2 David Craigie, Newhouse; 3 A. Wyke, Westness; 4 S. Gibson, Woo; 5 James Smith, Tratland; 6 H. Robertson, Langskaill; 7 William Moar, Saviskaill.

GROOMING. – 1 and medal, David Craigie, Newhouse; 2 John Petrie, Trumland; 3 Wm. Moar, Saviskaill; 4 Albert Munro, Banks; 5 Hugh Robertson, Langskaill; 6 James Gibson, jr., Hullion; 7 James Smith, Tratland.

SPECIAL PRIZES. – Medal for most points (ploughing, grooming, and harness), David Craigie, Nearhouse; Dr Thomson’s medal (for ploughman under 20 highest in prize list), Hugh Robertson; best matched pair, Robert Johnston; youngest ploughman, William Moar; oldest ploughman, Albert Munro.

SERVICE OF PRAISE. – A service of praise was held in Sourin U.F. Church on 27th January by a voluntary choir under Mr Robert Grieve, conductor. In spite of snowy weather, a good congregation assembled from all quarters; and as the singers had spent some time in practising, they carried through the programme of sacred music in a hearty and pleasing way. Rev. D. S. Brown was chairman, and Miss Waterston was organist. A good collection was also contributed for church purposes. One could not help wishing as they listened that musical services of this type would be held oftener. A number of our vacant Orkney churches could easily hold quarterly meetings, and their attractive power would help to keep the churches together. The chairman read an address contributed by a well-known conductor of children’s choirs in the south, and which pleaded for the formation of such a choir in every church if possible, so as to attract and use the abilities of the young people in the way of extending the kingdom of God…..

1929 February 20 Orkney Herald




The widespread south-easterly gales and snowstorms which, in common with the rest of the country laid its stranglehold on Orkney, has now continued for over a week with more or less severity, gradually getting worse as the week proceeded, and culminated on Friday in the worst storm which has passed over Orkney since January 1918.

MOTOR VEHICLES IN DIFFICULTIES. – Carried forward by the strong winds, wreaths of snow soon began to form on the country roads, and motor cars and lorries which tried to reach their destination were soon in difficulties, and some of these were embedded in the snow until dug out.

COMMUNICATION BY ROAD TO KIRKWALL INTERRUPTED. – On Saturday there was no communication by road with any of the outlying districts. On Sunday the wind moderated and a thaw set in. On Monday staffs of unemployed men were engaged in making the roads passable for vehicular traffic, and with the exception of the Stromness and Orphir roads, which were still blocked, communication with Kirkwall was restored that afternoon. To-day (Tuesday) the weather is more favourable. A dry wind is blowing, and the snow is rapidly disappearing…..

1929 February 27 Orkney Herald


MAINLAND – MAINLAND. – At No. 4, [Cott], Frotoft, Rousay, on Wednesday, 20th February, by Rev. D. S. Brown, M.A., Robert Stevenson Mainland, eldest son of the late Mr and Mrs John Mainland, Westness Farm, to Lydia Mary, only daughter of Mr and Mrs John Mainland, No.4, Frotoft, Rousay.

1929 March. 6 Orkney Herald

SANDWICK – ST ANDREW’S DAY IN KUMASI. – At the St Andrew’s banquet of the Caledonian Society of Kumasi [a city in the Ashanti region of Ghana], held at the Residency on December 1st, Mr J. R. F. Robertson, Assistant Telegraphic Engineer. and son of Mr J. M. H. Robertson, Lyking, Sandwick, proposed the toast of “The Lassies.” The bill of fare was as follows: – “Here’s what we’ll hae the night – Scotch brue and cockie leekie; cauld  Spey saumon wi’ cucumber; a muckle haggis and a wee dram; cauld turkey wi’ a tastie bit o’ ham; and the spree ends wi’ fruit salad wi’ fine rich cream. Forby a’ this, we’ll hae wines an’ ale an’ speerits, as weel as grapes an’ nuts an’ raisins, nae tae mention free smokin’ (but nae pipes!)”

1929 March 20 Orkney Herald

VEIRA – UNIQUE GATHERING. – Public intimation was made short ago of the high record of over 10 years’ perfect attendance made by Emslie M. Craigie at Veira Public School. A record like this has very seldom been equalled by Orkney scholars, and when it became known that the Orkney Education Authority had decided to recognise such good attendance by giving a prize, it was thought fitting that a concert should be held on the occasion of the presentation. Consequently all the Iocal talent was collected, and under the able tuition of Miss Longbotham, Schoolhouse, an excellently varied programme was produced on Friday evening, 8th inst. The weather was ideal, which permitted a number of friends from Rousay to attend, and when the appointed hour arrived, the schoolroom was filled almost to its utmost capacity. Mr John Logie, Rose Cottage, Rousay, presided in his usual genial manner. Mr Mark M. Kirkness, chairman of the Local School Management Committee, was present, and at an interval during the concert, he, in a pleasing manner, presented a silver watch to Emslie Craigie. During the course of his remarks, he referred to the general high record of high attendance which is reported monthly from Viera Public School, giving great praise to teacher, scholars, and parents for their united efforts to attain this high record. The hearty applause with which each item in the concert was received proved that the audience was highly entertained, and the rendering of the different pieces reflected great credit on both performers and teacher, Miss Longbotham, who acted as accompanist. The local artistes were very grateful to Messrs J. and R. Johnston, Trumland Farm, and Mr J. Craigie, Pier Cottage, Rousay, who kindly consented to assist them. The violin selections of the former were very much appreciated, and the recitation, “Tam o’ Shanter,” given in splendid style by the latter, caused great merriment and was loudly applauded. At the conclusion of the concert the usual votes of thanks were accorded, after which tea was served. The floor was then cleared, and an enjoyable dance was held until the early hours.

Annexed is the programme: – “God Save the King,” audience; mixed chorus, “The song of the Western men”; recitation, “Mrs Pinkerton’s Bonnet,” Miss M. Petrie; children’s chorus, “The hunting song”; dialogue, “The Rival Orators,” Messrs M. Flaws and S. Craigie; duet, “Isle of Beauty,” Miss E. Johnston and Mr J. Johnston; violin selections, Messrs J. and R. Johnston, Rousay; song, “A Roving,” Mr Neil Flaws; recitation, “Aunty Doleful’s Visit,” Helen Flaws; ladies’ chorus, “The spring time of the year”; song, “Bobby Bingo,” Sinclair Duncan, Magnus Flaws and John Inkster; song, “That’s the reason noo I wear a kilt,” Mr R. Inkster; violin selections, Messrs J. and R. Johnston, Rousay; chiIdren’s chorus, “Come lasses and lads”; ladies’ chorus, “The song of the fairies”; reading, “Johnny Lowe’s Predicament,” Miss E. Craigie; song, “The Bailiff’s Daughter,” Minnie Flaws; sketch, “Tiresome Tommy,” Misses Molly, Mina, and Margaret Flaws, Ena Johnston, and John Duncan; men’s chorus, “Robin Hood”; duet, “The meeting of the waters,” Misses L. Inkster and E. Johnston; recitation, “Tam o’ Shanter,” Mr J. Craigie, Rousay; mixed chorus, “Duncan Gray”; song, “Tobermory,” Mr J. Johnston; sketch, “A Cure for Jealousy,” Misses L. Inkster, A. Craigie, and Messrs R. Inkster and J. Johnston; “Auld Lang Syne,” audience.

[Born in 1914, Emslie Millar Craigie was the son of William Craigie and Isabella Scott Flaws, Rusness]



by Harry Lauder

There’s lots of folks will say the kilt is not the thing to wear
In fact they’ll say the kilt is out of date
But there’s a certain reason I’m wearing mine, because …
I’ll tell you if you’ll only care to wait
I used to wear a pair of breeks before I took a wife
But after I’d been wed a week or three
I sold my trousers bought this kilt, the reason is because …
I’ll explain it if you’ll listen now to me.

Every night I would go and hang my trousers up
By the back of the bedroom door
I rue the day — I must have been a jay
I’ll never hang them up there anymore
For the wife would take a ramble through my pooches
As I lay asleep beneath the quilt
In the morning when I woke, I was always stony broke
And that’s the reason now I wear a kilt.

I never would have found it out till one night I came home
I was feeling very queer about the head
I soon was in the land of dreams but woke at 3 a.m.
And saw the wife was standing by my bed
She said, “Hush, hush, there’s burglars! Don’t make any fuss
I’m feeling in your pockets for your gun.”
I don’t know if she was or not, but all I know was this
There was nothing in my pockets when she’d done.

The only thing I’m frightened of is winter’s coming on
And I’m feeling very cool about the knees
I’m not as young as I used to be, my blood is getting thin
And it wouldn’t take an awful lot to freeze
If I should take a freezing fit one day and kick the pail
And join the great majority that’s gone
Then maybe I’ll be sorry that I ever took to kilts
And wish I’d left my cosy trousers on.

1929 April 3 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – SOURIN U.F. CHURCH – As the Sourin Church has no choir, the service on Sunday, 24th March, was led by a class of girls who have been practicing diligently for some weeks. Besides leading the praise, they also sang some children’s hymns in a way that greatly pleased and surprised all who were present. For the day Rev. D. S. Brown was conductor, and Miss Waterston presided at the organ. The hope was expressed that these young singers might be heard a good deal oftener in the future, as they would help to make the church service interesting, and also to revive part singing…..

1929 April 10 Orkney Herald

Mr James W. Sinclair, photographer, has removed from West Castle Street to 30 Bridge Street, Kirkwall, where he has a well-equipped plant for dealing with customers’ plates and films of all descriptions. The front shop and darkroom are on the ground floor. In the latter room the films are developed, fixed, and washed, after which they are taken upstairs to the drying and cutting room, where they are placed in wallets. They are next printed and washed and taken to the print-drying room to be dried, trimmed, and sorted out in their respective wallets, ready for delivery. In addition to photographic materials, Mr Sinclair also deals in gramophones and records. – Advt.

1929 May 15 Orkney Herald



At a meeting of the Orkney Education Authority, held in the Burgh School, Kirkwall, yesterday (Tuesday), Dr Hugh Marwick, headmaster of Kirkwall Secondary School, was unanimously appointed Executive Officer for the County of Orkney in succession to Mr Frank Young, B.Sc., who has been appointed Principal of Dundee Technical College.

DR MARWICK’S CAREER. – Dr Marwick served an apprenticeship as monitor and pupil teacher in the Sourin Public School, Rousay, whence, in 1900, he passed into the United Free Church Training College in Aberdeen. After the usual two years of training there, he acted as an assistant master for three years in Newbattle Public School, a large elementary school in Midlothian, where he earned his teacher’s diploma, or “parchment.”

In the autumn of 1905, he entered Edinburgh University, and in April, 1909, graduated M.A., with first  class honours in English Language and Literature. During his college course he obtained several distinctions. Shortly after graduating, he was awarded a Carnegie Research Scholarship of £100 in order to prosecute research into the Orkney dialect. During the following year he went round the isles collecting material, and the results of that work were submitted to the University of Edinburgh in 1926, as a thesis for the D.Litt. degree, which was conferred at the July graduation. The thesis, entitled “The Orkney Norn,” is at present being printed at the Clarendon Press, and will, it is expected, be published in the course of this year.

While at the University Dr Marwick was placed 1st in the recently-established class in Experimental Psychology, and, ever since, he has kept in touch with the newer experimental methods in education, which have been so much discussed of late years.

In October 1910, he was appointed chief English master in the Burnley Grammar School, Lancashire. He had classes under his charge also in the evenings at the Burnley Municipal Institute.

In 1913 he was requested by the Oxford University Press to edit a school edition of “Silas Marner,” and the following year he also edited Tennyson’s “Enoch Arden” for the same firm. He was asked to continue editorial work for them, but pressure of fresh duties compelled him to give that up.

In 1914 he was appointed to the post of headmaster of Kirkwall Secondary School. In addition to supervising that, he had the duties of responsible teacher of English and Master of Method for the training of junior students in practical teaching.

His experience has not been confined to one type of school, but he has had practical acquaintance with almost every branch of the educational system from the small country school upwards, and is thus specially qualified to understand and cope with most of the problems that arise in his new appointment.

1929 May 29 The Scotsman

ORKNEY. – To let, June, July, and September, at the seaside, with use of boat, three or four bedrooms and sitting-room, with use of kitchen. Miss Craigie, Veira Lodge, Rousay.

1929 June 19 Orkney Herald

MORE FISHWORKERS. – Large numbers of fishworkers en route for Stronsay and Lerwick again passed through Kirkwall last week. Parties left for Stronsay by the s.s. Orcadia on Wednesday and the s.s. Earl Thorfinn on Thursday, but the bulk of the girls arrived by the s.s. St Magnus on Friday night. They were again met by lady workers from the churches in town, who took them to their respective halls and gave them supper. The girls going to Stronsay left by the s.s. Orcadia about 1 a.m. on Saturday. They greatly appreciate the interest which is being taken in them by the ladies of Kirkwall, while getting to their destination by special steamer is also a great boon.

[The population of Stronsay would quadruple as over 5000 fishermen, fish gutters and others descended on what at the time was by far Orkney’s most important fishing port.]

STRONSAY HERRING FISHING. – A commencement has been made with the herring fishing at Stronsay, and already fair catches have been landed. On Thursday the Bezaleal, of Burray, landed 80 crans from the Shetland grounds. – Details are as follows: –

Friday, 14th June. – Twenty-five boats landed to-day an average of seven crans of fairly good quality. Fishing grounds were from 45 to 50 miles S.E. by E. to S.S.E. Prices 20s to 25s. Best shot, Valorous (BCK), 50 crans. Last night the Bezaleal (K) landed 80 crans from Burra Haaf.

Saturday, 15th June. – A good fishing was landed here to-day by 48 boats, the average being 20 crans. Fishing grounds were from 28 to 34 miles S.S.E. to S.E. by S. and Fair Isle grounds, some heavy shots being landed from the latter grounds. Quality was good and prices from 17s 6d to 26s per cran. Best shots: – Janet Geddes, (BCK), 160 crans; Guide Us (PD), 100; Correopsis (BCK), 90; Gowan Craig (INS), 85; Cedar Leaf (BF), Flow (BCK), 80; Au Revoir (BF), 45; Golden West (FR), Harvest Gleaner (FR), 40 crans.

All the landings were purchased for curing. Total for the week 1450 crans, compared with 14 crans for the corresponding week of last year. Most of the fishworkers have now arrived at the port, and it is anticipated that a general start at curing will be made this week.

[A cran was a unit of measure of landed uncleaned herring used in the North Sea fishing industry. It was defined to be the equivalent of one standard box of about 37.5 imperial gallons – typically around 1200 fish, but varying anywhere between 700 and 2,500. The boats mentioned were registered at the ports of Berwick, Peterhead, Inverness, Banff, Fraserburgh, and Kirkwall]

1929 July 17 Orkney Herald

BIRSAY – PICNIC. – The annual outing of the U.F. Church took place on Tuesday. Rousay was the venue this year. About 100 took advantage of the trip, and as the day was ideal, everyone enjoyed themselves. The buses left Boardhouse at 8 a.m., and Kirkwall was reached shortly after 9 a.m. The trippers reached Rousay per s.s. Orcadia between 10 and 11 a.m. On arrival in Rousay the party partook of tea in the grounds of Trumland Farm. Tea over, sight-seeing was the order of the day. About 3 p.m. the company again assembled at Trumland for tea, after which the party was conducted through the well-kept gardens of the mansion house by the gardener. Sailing time – half past four – arrived all too soon. Kirkwall was reached shortly before 6 p.m., and after a short time in the town the party piled on the buses again, and Birsay was reached about 8 p.m.

1929 July 24 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY SUNDAY SCHOOLS. – A joint picnic of Frotoft and Wasbister Sunday-schools was held on 17th July at Westness Farm. The children, along with some of their parents and friends, met at 2.30 p.m., when Mrs and Misses Mainland and some of the ladies present kindly served them with milk, buns, etc. Much thanks is due to those who contributed prizes for the adults races, and also to those who gave donations to a fund to provide prizes for the children. After the prizes had been given out and a few pennies had been given to each child that had not gained a prize, a balance of 7s was left over, which, it is hoped, may help towards raising prizes next year. After a long time had been spent with games and races, the company, through the kindness of Mrs Lees Low, enjoyed the privilege of a walk through Westness garden. Tea was served between 6 and 7 o’clock p.m., after which the prizes were handed out by Mrs Mainland, Westness Farm. After votes of thanks had been given to those who had helped to make the picnic successful the company parted, having spent a very happy afternoon.

THUNDER STORM OVER ORKNEY. – Following close upon the excessive heat of the previous week, a thunder-storm of considerable severity was experienced over Orkney on Wednesday evening, the East Mainland and North Isles districts particularly suffering.  At Kirkwall, distant rumblings of thunder had been heard, when suddenly, about eight o’clock, vast storm clouds gathered to the south-east, and vivid flashes of lightning flew across the sky. Almost simultaneously a torrential rainfall started and continued to pour down for about fifteen minutes. Flashes of lightning and rumbles of thunder occurred up till midnight.

1929 July 31 Orkney Herald

HOLIDAY. – Friday was observed as a holiday in Kirkwall, all places of business being closed throughout the day. The motor ‘bus proprietors and steamboat owners offered facilities for cheap travel to the islands and through the Mainland, and these were very largely patronised. Stronsay, Westray, Papa Westray, Longhope, and Shapinsay each had good quotas, while the sailing club regatta at Rousay claimed a very large complement of visitors. It was not until the trippers began to arrive home in the evening that there was any sign of activity in the town. Numerous people enjoyed the afternoon picnicking in the vicinity.

1929 August 7 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY REGATTA – RECORD ENTRY OF BOATS. – The annual regatta, held under the auspices of the Rousay Sailing Club on Friday of last week, attracted a very large entry of competitors and a record number of spectator’s.

The day was exceedingly fine, with a light, variable wind from the west. The number of boats forward was twenty-two sail, six motor, and six pulling boats – a record for the meeting. The course was triangular, starting at Trumland Pier with a run out to a mark near the Point of Avelshay, thence to a buoy off the Point of Viera, with a turn home to the finish. Kirkwall Sailing Club was represented by five sailing boats, two motor boats, and two rowing boats, and were successful in securing the cups in the all-comers’ class and in the 17ft. waterline class.

The committee are deeply grateful to all donors to the prize fund and to Dr Thomson, of South Ronaldshay, who presented a cup for competition in the motor boat race.

Mr Robert Johnston, Trumland, secretary of the club, had charge of all arrangements, and to his capable management and energetic services much of the success of the event is due.

By 11 a.m. all the boats had been measured and entered, and soon afterwards the starter (Mr David Gibson, The Bungalow), sent off the boats in the smallest class, all except one making a good start. Twenty-five minutes later the second class went away, followed a quarter of an hour later by the big class. The big class attracted most attention, as they had two rounds of the course to make, passing Avelshay Point mark in the following order: – Viking, Mizpah, Snowdrop, Margaret. On the second round Mizpah had fallen back to third place and the Margaret retiring, the course was finished in that order.

1. Snowdrop (C. Logie) 1h 51m 12s
2. Viking (E. Seatter) 1h 51m 56s
3. Mizpah (W. Grieve) 1h 54m 19s
Margaret (W. Bews) Retired.

1. Foam (A. Finlayson) 1h 9m 0s
2. Thora (A. Anderson) 1h 16m 9s
3. Maisie (J. Mainland) 1h 21m 0s
4. Ivy (J. Foulis) 1h 22m 28s
5. Annie (H. Logie) 1h 28m 35s
6. Ceska (D. Gibson) 1h 29m 21m
7. Bulldog (T. Isbister) 1h 31m 15s
8. Annie (C. Craigie) 1h 33m 4s
9. Tern (J. Mowat) 1h 33m 30s
10. Wilson’s (J. Mowat) 1h 34m 38s

1. Annie (J. Craigie) 1h 22m 1s
2. Lily (T. Sinclair) 1h 22m 27s
3. Ivy (G. Harrold) 1h 25m 34s
4. Winnie (J. Mowat) 1h 27m 15s
5. Tammy Norrie (H. Mainland) 1h 40m 53s
6. Daisy (J. Craigie) 1h 41m 38s
Peerie Ain (J. Hourston) Retired.
Mary Annie (S. Mainland) Retired.

The open race started at 3 p.m., and seventeen boats were forward. Viking, Foam, Annie, and Snowdrop got first away. Foam had a lead at Avelshay, followed by Snowdrop and Mizpah. Viking having dropped back to fourth place, and these positions were maintained until entering the last length of the course, where Snowdrop worked to weather of Foam. Mizpah had been standing up on Rousay, and if able to weather the finishing buoy held a fine chance of winning. Racing well she reached the line first, followed closely by Foam and Snowdrop.

1. Mizpah (W. Grieve) 1h 1m 14s
2. Foam (A. Finlayson) 1h 3m 14s
3. Snowdrop (C  Logie) 1h 2m 12s
4. Viking (E. Seatter) 1h 5m 17s
5. Ivy (J. Foulis) 1h 7m 52s
6. Annie (J. Craigie) 1h 10m 22s
7. Lily (T. Sinclair) 1h 14m 0s
8. Daisy (J. Craigie) 1h 14m 52s
9. Margaret (W. Bews) 1h 12m 36s
10. Tern (J. Mowat) 1h 17m 15s
11. Peerie Ain (J. Hourston) 1h 19m 10s
12. Winnie (J. Mowat) 1h 19m 9s
13. Thora (A. Anderson) 1h 17m 52s
14. Ceska (D. Gibson) 1h 23m 7s
15. Tammie Norrie (H. Mainland)
16. Bulldog (T. Isbister) Disqualified.

Annie, Lily, and Daisy were awarded 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places respectively for the first three boats home in the all-comers’ race whose measurements did not exceed 14 feet waterline.

The motor boat race – in which the boats proceeded down the Sound as slowly as possible, accelerating on the way back, and pulling and sculling races concluded a splendid day’s sport. The results were as follows: –

MOTOR BOAT RACE. (Dead Slow Out and Fast Return)
1. White Rose (T. Sinclair)
2. Tern (C. B. Logie)
3. Queen of the Isles (D. Johnston)
4. Dewdrop (John Walls)
5. Saga (W. & J. Leslie)

Ladies’ Rowing Race. – 1. Mabel Sinclair and Cissie Sinclair
2. Miss Walls and Miss Groat
3. Miss A. Craigie and Miss B. Flaws

Men’s Rowing Race. – 1. C. Craigie and G. Petrie
2. J. Grieve and D. Gibson
3. J. Mowat, and J. Hourston
4. J. Linklater and J. Foulis
5. W. Foulis and J. Pottinger

Boys’ Rowing Race. – 1. Jim Gorn and Sam Craigie
2. Hugh Marwick and Jim Marwick
3. Wylie and Donaldson

Men’s Sculling Race. – 1. G. Foulis, 2. M. Flaws, 3. T. Sinclair.

Men’s Single Rowing Race. – 1. D. Gibson, 2. G. Petrie,
3. W. Craigie, 4. R. Inkster, 5. R. Linklater.

The prizes were presented at the Pier Head by Mrs W. G. Grant of Trumland, who was cordially thanked on the motion of Mr James S. Gibson, and a similar compliment was accorded to the ladies who ran the tea-room, on the motion of Mr R. Johnston.

1929 August 14 Orkney Herald



The annual exhibition of stock of the Rousay Farmer’s Association was held at Banks, Sourin, on Tuesday in fine weather. The number of entries forward was similar to previous shows, but the attendance showed a slight falling off.

The judges were as follows – Cattle and Horses: – Mr Thos. Clouston, Littlehowes, HoIm, and Mr Wm. Wood, Balfour Castle Mains, Shapinsay. Industrial Section – Dairy produce, Miss Leslie, North of Scotland College of Agriculture, Kirkwall. Handicrafts – Miss Rose Leith, Dundas Crescent, Kirkwall. Baking – Mrs D. Nicholson, Kirkwall. Flowers and Vegetables – Mr Cutt. Rousay.

Committee: – Messrs R. Johnston and Jas. Johnston, Trumland Farm; Robert Mainland, Westness; David Gibson, Bungalow; John Leonard, Quoys; Thos. Seatter, Banks; Hugh Mainland, Hurtiso; H. Robertson, Langskaill; David Moar, Saviskaill; John Craigie, Furse, and John Marwick, Innister.

Ladies Committee: – Miss Inkster, Cogar; Miss Reid, Wasdale; Mrs Gibson, Bigland; Miss Gibson, Hullion; Mrs Mainland, Westness; Mrs Corsie, Glebe; Mrs Kirkness, Quoyostray, and Miss Rendall, Schoolhouse.

There was a fair turnout of horses of the Clydesdale variety, all of useful farm type. The judges on this occasion reversed the placings for supreme honours from last year, the reserves in both classes being placed first and last year’s prize-winners being put in reserve.

The cattle section was most largely competitive, about seventy animals in all being forward. The best section in the show was the two-year-old polled queys, the tops in this section being animals of exceptional quality, of fine level mould with good flesh. There were some very nice quality dairy cows shown, but taken collectively the cattle were an ordinary lot, the winners being easy winners.

The industrial section was very keenly contested, all classes having a good representation. There were many fine exhibits in the vegetable sections, showing care in culture.

Sir Robert W. Hamilton. M.P., and Lady Hamilton were present during the day, and spent much time inspecting the various exhibits and in conversation with the exhibitors. Lady Hamilton presented the prizes after the judging had been completed, and was given a very hearty vote of thanks on the call of Mr Gibson. The following is the prize-list: –

HORSES. – Yeld Mares – 1 Alan C. Gibson, Bigland; 2 David Moar, Saviskaill; 3 Hugh Mainland, Hurtiso; 4 and hc John Inkster, Woo. Mares with foal at foot – 1 Robert Inkster, Cogar. Foals – 1 Mainland Bros., Westness; 2 Robert Inkster. Two-year-old Fillies – 1 James Johnston, Trumland; 2 Mainland Bros., 3 Robert Seatter, Banks. One-year-old Geldings – 1 John Craigie, Furse; 2 James Johnston, 3 H. Robertson, Langskaill; 4 Robert Inkster. One-year-old Fillies – 1 Hugh Mainland, Hurtiso; 2 and 3 Mainland Bros., 4 A. C. Gibson, Bigland.

SPECIAL PRIZES IN HORSE SECTION. – Cake Basket, presented by Messrs J. & W. Tait, Kirkwall, for Best Foal – Mainland Bros.; reserve, Robert Inkster, Cogar. Cup, presented by R. Bain, Caithness, for Best Yearling or Two-year-old Foal – John Craigie, Furse; reserve, Hugh Mainland, Hurtiso. Robertson’s Cup for Best Animal in Horse Section – James Johnston, Trumland; reserve, James Johnston, Trumland.

CATTLE. – Calves, calved on or after 1st Oct. 1928 – 1, 2, and 3 R. Seatter, Banks. Calves, calved on or after 1st Nov. 1928 – 1 and 2 Hugh Mainland, Hurtiso. Polled Cows – 1 and 3 William Corsie, Glebe; 2 James Johnston, Trumland; 4 Harry Sinclair, Knarston; hc Hugh Robertson, Langskaill. Shorthorn Cows – 1 William Corsie, 2 and 4 H. Robertson, 3 and hc Hugh Mainland, Hurtiso. Three year-old Polled Cows – 1 and hc, George Gibson, Avelshay; 2 H. Robertson, 3 Robert Seatter, 4 Alan C. Gibson, Bigland. Three-year-old Shorthorn Cows – 1 and 2 David Moar, Saviskaill; 3 Hugh Mainland. 4 Robert Seatter. Two-year-old Polled Queys – 1 Mrs Gibson, Avelshay; 2 A. C. Gibson, 3 James Lyon, Ervadale; 4 Mainland Bros, Westness; hc James Taylor, Swandale; c Robert Seatter. Department of Agriculture’s Prizes for Best Two-year-old In-calf Heifer – 1 Mrs Gibson, Avelshay; 2 A. C. Gibson, 3 Jas. Lyon. Two-year-old Polled Steers – 1 and 2 Hugh Mainland, 3 David Moar. Two-year-old Shorthorn Cows – 1 and 2 A. C. Gibson, 3 Hugh Craigie, Scockness. One-year-old Polled Queys – 1 and 3 Mainland Bros., 2 Wm. Corsie, 3 and hc D. Moar. Yearling Shorthorn Queys – 1 Hugh Craigie. Yearling Polled Steers – 1 H. Craigie, 2 A. C. Gibson, 3 and hc Mainland Bros., 4 R. Seatter, c Jas. Lyon. Yearling Polled Queys – 1 and 2 Mainland Bros., 3 Wm. Corsie, 4 H. Robertson, hc H. Mainland, c Robert Seatter. One-year-old Polled Steers – 1 and 2 Mainland Bros., 3 H. Robertson, 4 and hc Hugh Mainland.

SPECIAL PRIZES IN CATTLE SECTION. – Cup, presented by Mainland Bros., Westness, for Best Milk Cow – William Corsie, Glebe; reserve, James Johnston, Trumland. Cup, for Best Two-year-old Heifer, in calf, bred by exhibitor – Mrs Gibson. Avelshay; reserve, A. C. Gibson. Medal for Best Calf in Yard – Robert Seatter, Banks; reserve, R. Seatter. Cake Basket, presented by Mr J. Moir, Central Auction Mart, Aberdeen, for Best Yearling bullock or heifer – Hugh Craigie; reserve, Mainland Bros. Medal for Best Animal in Cattle Section, presented by Wm. Brough, Kirkwall – William Corsie, Glebe; reserve, Mrs Gibson, Avelshay.

SHEEP. – Half-bred Ewes – 1 John Inkster, Woo; 2 Hugh Mainland, Hurtiso; 3 Harry Sinclair, Knarston; 4 Robert Seatter, Banks. H.B. Lambs – 1 John Inkster, 2 Robert Seatter, 3 Hugh Mainland. Best Group of Five (any breed) – Cup – John Inkster; reserve, Robert Seatter. Best Cheviot Ewes – James Johnston, Trumland.


HANDICRAFTS. – Tatted Lace – 1 Miss J. Reid, Wasdale. Doyleys – 1 Miss Munro, Post Office; 2 Miss M. Reid, Gripps. Crochet – 1 Miss Reid, Wasdale; 2 and 3 Mrs Mainland, Westness. Fretwork – 1 Jim Craigie, Essaquoy. Wood Painting – 1 Jim Craigie, Essaquoy. Coloured Embroidery – 1 and 3 Lizzie Craigie, Blossom; 2 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Bigland. Plain Nightdress – 1 Lizzie Craigie, 2 Mrs H. I. Gibson. White Embroidery – 1 and 2 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Stencilled Cushions – 1, 2, and 3 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Homespun Knitting – 1 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 2 and 3 Alice Mainland. Hand-knitted Stockings – 1 and 3 Miss M. A. Munro, 2 Miss Mary Reid, Gripps. Fine Socks – 1 Lizzie Craigie, Scockness; 2 and 3 Mary Reid, Gripps. Children’s Knitting – 1, 2, and 3 Mary Mainland, Hurtiso. Bed Wraps – 1 Mrs Brown, Manse. Hand-knitted Shawls – 1 Mrs Inkster, Woo; 2 Mrs Brown. Best Knitting – 1 Miss M. A. Munro. Best Needlework – 1 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Homespun Wool – 1 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Children’s Handwriting, 1 Mary Yorston, 2 Mary Mainland, 3 Lily Sinclair, Banks.

SPECIALS IN INDUSTRIAL SECTION. – Prize for Best Pot of Preserves – Mrs Corsie, Glebe. Cake Basket for Best Hand-knitted Socks – Miss M. A. Munro. Prize for Best Needlework – Mrs H. I. Gibson. Mr Robertson’s cup for Best Butter (farmers under £50 rental) – Mrs Mainland, Cott. Prize for Best Bere Bannock – Mrs Harrold, Springfield. Prize for Best Piece of Children’s Handwork – Jim Craigie, Essaquoy. Prize for Gentleman with Largest Number of Exhibits – James Yorston, Post Office.

HOME BAKING. – Bere Bannocks – 1 and 3 Mrs Harrold, Bigland; 2 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Oatcakes (without shortening) – 1, 2, and 3 Mrs J. W. Grieve. Whitehall. Oatcakes (with shortening) – 1 and 2 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Flour Scones – 1 Miss Inkster, Cogar; 2 Mrs J. Marwick, Frotoft No. 1; 3 Mrs Corsie. Glebe. Drop Scones – 1 Cissie Sinclair, Westness; 2 Mrs Marwick, Frotoft No. 1; 3 Lizzie Craigie, Blossom. Oven Scones – 1 Miss Gibson, Hullion; 2 Violet Johnston, Trumland; 3 Cissie Sinclair. Cheese Cakes – 1 Violet Johnston. Iced Fancies – 1 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Jam Tarts – 1 Miss Reid, Wasdale. Rice Bun – 1 Mrs Corsie, Glebe. Lancashire Nuts – 1 and 2 Lizzie Craigie, Blossom. Queencakes – 1 and 3 Mrs Craigie, Glebe; 2 Violet Johnston. Melting Moments – 1 and 3 Mrs Gibson, Hullion; 2 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Rock Cakes – 1 Lizzie Craigie, Blossom; 2 Bella Flaws, Glebe. Gingerbread – 1 Isabella Grieve, Falldown; 2 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 3 Alice Logie, Ivy Cottage. Fruit Cakes – 1 Miss Gibson, 2 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 3 Mrs Corsie. Bun – 1 Alice Logie, Ivy Cottage. Jam Sandwich – 1 Violet Johnston, 2 Annie M. Robertson, Langskaill. 3 Miss Gibson. Iced Cakes – 1 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 2 Mrs Gibson. Shortbread Cake – 1 Violet Johnston, 2 Alice Logie, 3 Edith Gibson, Avelshay. Shortbread (thin) – 1 and 2 Mary J. Mainland, Westness.

DAIRY PRODUCE. – Fresh Butter – 1 Mrs Mainland, Cott; 2 Mrs R. Mainland, Westness; 3 Mrs J. Reid, Tratland; 4 Edith Gibson, Avelshay. Salt Butter – 1 Mrs Mainland, Cott; 2 Mrs Mainland, Westness; 3 and 4 Mrs J. Reid. Tratland. Table Butter – 1 Mrs Corsie, Glebe; 2 and 4 Mrs R. Mainland, Westness; 3 Mrs Kirkness, Quoyostray. Sweet Milk Cheese – 1 and 3 Mrs I. Gibson; 2 Mrs Sinclair, Knarston; 4 Miss A. M. Robertson. Skim Milk Cheese – 1 Bella Grieve, Falldown; 2 Mrs Kirkness, 3 Mrs Craigie, Cruar. Marmalade – 1 and 2 Mrs Corsie, Glebe; 3 Mrs Kirkness. Rhubarb Jam – 1 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 2 Miss Reid, Wasdale; 3 Mrs Corsie. Rhubarb and Ginger Jam – 1 Miss Sinclair, Knarston; 2 and 3 Mrs Corsie. Blackcurrant Jam – 1 Miss Inkster, Cogar; 2 Mrs R. Mainland, Westness; 3 Mrs Kirkness. Gooseberry Jam – 1 and 2 Mrs Kirkness, 3 Lizzie Craigie, Blossom. Gooseberry and Rhubarb – 1 Lizzie Craigie, 2 and 3 Mrs Harrold, Springfield. Hen Eggs – 1, 2, and 3 Miss Munro, Post Office; 4 Mrs Corsie. Duck Eggs – 1 Alice Mainland, Hurtiso; 2 Mary Mainland, Hurtiso; 3 and 4 Mrs Craigie, Cruar.

FLOWERS AND VEGETABLES. – Potatoes (long, white) – 1, 3, and 4 James Yorston, Post Office; 2 John Craigie, Cruar. Potatoes (black) – 1, 2, 3, and 4 James Yorston. Potatoes (round, white) – 1 and 3 Mrs H. I. Gibson: 2 and 4 James Yorston. Onions – 1, 2, 3, and 4 Mrs Craigie, Furse. Leeks – 1 and 2 James Craigie, Pier Cottage; 3 Mrs J. Craigie, Cruar; 4 Miss Craigie, Furse. Peas – 1, 2, and 3 James Yorston, 4 Mrs J. Craigie, Cruar. Beetroot (globe) – 1, 2, and 3 James Yorston, 4 Mrs J. Craigie, Cruar. Beetroot (long) – 1 and 3 James Yorston, 2 and 4 Mrs Craigie, Furse. Cabbage – 1 Mrs Harcus, Clumpy. Cauliflower – 1, 3, and 4 James Yorston, 2 James Craigie, Pier Cottage. Shallots – 1 and 2 Mrs Craigie, Stand Crown; 3 and 4 Mrs Craigie, Furse. Lettuce Cabbage – 1, 2, and 3 James Yorston, 4 Mrs Craigie, Cruar. Lettuce (cos.) – 1 and 2 James Yorston, 3 and 4 Mrs Craigie, Cruar. Parsley – 1 and 2 Mrs Craigie, Furse; 3 Mrs Harcus, Clumpy; 4 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Carrots (long) 1, 2, and 3 Mrs Craigie, Furse; 4 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Carrots (Early Horn) – 1 and 3 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 2 and 4 Mrs Craigie. Cruar. Parsnips – 1, 2, and 3 Mrs Craigie, Cruar. Strawberries – 1 and 2 Mrs Craigie, Furse; 3 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Black Currants – 1 and 2 Mrs Craigie, Furse; 3 Mrs Brown, The Manse; 4 James Yorston. Roses – 1 James Gibson, Hullion; 2 Alice Logie, Ivy Cottage. Stocks – James Gibson, Hullion. Clarkia – 1 and 2 Isabella Hewison, Gorehouse. Wallflower – 1 and 2 Spencer Dexter, Wasbister. Pansies – 1 and 2 Mrs Brown, Manse; 3 Miss Bella Flaws, Glebe. Virginia Stock – 1 and 2 Mrs Craigie, Cruar. Forget-me-not – 1 and 2 Mrs Craigie, Cruar. Chrysanthemums – 1 and 2 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 3 Isabella Hewison, Gorehouse. Eschscholzia – 1 and 2 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 3 Mrs Harcus, Clumpy. Flax – 1 and 2 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 3 J. Costie, Standpretty. Butterfly Flower – 1 and 2 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Mignonette – 1 and 2 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Balsam – 1 and 2 Nellie Harcus, Clumpy; 3 John Costie, Standpretty. Candytuft – 1 and 2 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 3 James Gibson, Hullion. Poppies – 1, 2, and 3 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Violas – 1 and 2 Spencer Dexter. Grandiflora – 1 and 2 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Marigolds – 1 and 2 Mrs Craigie, Cruar; 3 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Cornflower – 1 and 2 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 3 Isabella Hewison. Memophila – 1 and 2 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 3 Nellie Harcus. Sweet William – 1 Ethel Gibson. Springfield; 2 John Costie, 3 Bella Flaws. Sedum – 1 and 2 Mrs J. W. Grieve. Whitehall; 3 Ethel Gibson, Springfield. Veronica – 1 Ethel Gibson, 2 and 3 Mrs Craigie. Cruar. Honeysuckle – 1 and 2 Ethel Gibson, 3 Bella Flaws. Everlasting Love – 1 and 2 Ethel Gibson, 3 Miss Harrold, Springfield. Monkshood – 1 Miss Harrold, 2 Bella Flaws. Michaelmas Daises – 1 and 2 Bella Flaws. Prince of Wales’ Feather – 1, 2, and 3 Ethel Gibson. Hollyhock – 1 Mrs Brown, Manse. Marguerite – 1 Bella Towers, 2 John Costie. Bouquet of Wild Flowers – 1 Lily Sinclair, Banks; 2 Nellie Harcus, Clumpy; 3 Mary Mainland, Hurtiso; 4 Fred Craigie.

1929 August 28 Orkney Herald

REPORTED DERELICT OFF ROUSAY. – Rumour has been current that one day recently inhabitants of the Saviskaill Bay district of Rousay sighted a derelict ship, showing about 18 inches of a stump of mast above the deck level, floating in the Bay of Saviskaill. The hulk drifted on to a skerry near the Green Holmes of Eday, and lay there for about an hour. It afterwards floated off, and drifted back through the Firth towards Westray. Under the Merchant Shipping Acts there is a duty laid upon everyone to report to the receivers of wreckage (in the case of Orkney, the local officers of Customs), any derelict or wreck which may be sighted. As this drifting derelict would appear to constitute a serious menace to shipping, any persons who may have observed it would be conferring a favour if they would report their observations to the local officer of Customs at Kirkwall.

1929 October 2 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – WHIST DRIVE AND DANCE. – A successful whist drive and dance was held in Frotoft School on Friday, 20th September. Although harvest work was in full swing at the time there was a splendid turnout, and by 8.30 all tables were occupied. Mr William Gibson then took charge, and no time was lost in beginning the game. After some fourteen hands had been played the scores were totalled and supper was served by an efficient committee. The names of the winners were then read out by Mr W. Gibson, and Miss Baikie, Kirkwall, presented the prizes, which were handed out as follows: – Ladies – 1 Miss Annie Reid, 2 Miss S. Craigie; consolation, Miss Emma Mainland. Gentlemen – 1 Mr William Smith, 2 Mr William Marwick; consolation, Mr William Craigie. Mrs Gibson, Hullion, proposed a vote of thanks to Miss Baikie, and this was heartily responded to, while a like compliment was accorded to Mr W. Gibson on the call of Mr Mainland, Westness. The floor was then cleared for dancing and a most enjoyable dance followed, excellent music being supplied by Messrs J. Johnston, R. Johnston, and J. Grieve on the violin, accompanied on the piano by Mrs Grieve and Mr Harry Logie.

ROUSAY CLUB’S SUCCESSFUL YEAR. – This year has proved to be one of the most successful in the history of the Rousay Football Club (writes a correspondent.) Early in the year a league was formed, each district in the island being represented, namely Sourin, Wasbister and Frotoft.

Through the kindness of Mrs Lees Low, Westness, a handsome silver challenge cup was presented to the club, thus making competition keen between the teams. After six matches had been played, two in each district, Frotoft proved the winners.

In connection with the presentation of the cup, a very successful dance was held in the Recreation Hall on Friday, 30th August, when the Club had the pleasure of Mrs Lees Low’s company. During an interval in the dance, Dr Boyle, vice-president of the Football Club, in a nice speech, introduced Mrs Lees Low and thanked her, on behalf of the club, for presenting the trophy. She then, in a few well chosen words, handed over the cup to Mr J. W. Grieve, captain of the winning team, who suitably replied.

Votes of thanks to Mrs Lees Low and Dr Boyle were called for and heartily responded to. Tea was then served, after which dancing was resumed and kept up till an early hour.

1929 November 13 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – POPPY DAY. – Earl Haig’s Fund for disabled ex-servicemen was again helped by the Sourin School children and benefited to the extent of £1 9s 5d, when Flanders poppies were sold. The names of the boys and girls who sold the poppies, in order according to amounts raised, were: – Byng Munro and Hugh Mainland, 8s; Kathleen Gibson and Annie Mary Craigie, 5s 8d; Isabella Lyon and Kathleen Grieve, 5s 5d; Annie Helen Craigie and Nellie Harcus, 5s 4d; and Daisy Munro and Mary Addison, 5s. Thanks are due to all the above and to their teacher who kindly organised the collection.

1929 November 20 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – POPPY DAY. – Poppy Day was observed in the Frotoft and Brinian districts on Saturday, 9th November, when a party of school children went from house to house disposing of their “Flanders Poppies.” As in past years the collection was a generous one, and the sum of £2 6s 6d has been forwarded to the Earl Haig Fund Office, Edinburgh. The collectors were Sarah Smith, Lily Sinclair, Lilla Yorston, Molly Gorn, Hugh Marwick and John Gibson.

1929 December 11 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – NATIONAL BIBLE SOCIETY – ORKNEY AUXILLIARY. – The hon. treasurer begs to acknowledge the receipt of the sum of £6 2s 10d, being the amount collected on behalf of the above Society in the island, and to thank Mr David Gibson, The Bungalow, and the collectors, Misses T. S. Matheson, Rendall and Sinclair, for their kind services.

1929 December 18 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – PRESENTATION. – Before leaving for Australia, Mr James S. Gibson, jr., of Hullion, was met by his friends in the Frotoft School on Wednesday evening, 4th December, and presented with a suitably inscribed watch. Mr John Logie, Rose Cottage, presided, and in the course of his speech, which was both touching and humorous, said that Mr Gibson’s exemplary character and sterling qualities had earned for him the highest esteem throughout the island, and while his many friends regretted his leaving, they realised that he had chosen a land of great opportunities, and their good wishes would go with him in the many vicissitudes of his new life. Mr Logie, on behalf of the company present, then handed over the watch as a token of respect and a reminder of the homeland. Mr Gibson, in reply, thanked his friends for their unexpected gift, and assured them of a welcome should any present think of trying their luck in Australia. The company then joined in singing, “For he’s a jolly good fellow,” and the meeting was brought to a close.

[James, born in 1904, was the son of Hullion merchant James Sinclair Gibson and Mary Cooper. He was joined in Australia by his younger sister Ann Sinclair Gibson.]

CONCERT. – A children’s concert was held in Frotoft School on Friday, 6th December, in the presence of a large and appreciative audience. Mr Logie, Rose Cottage, carried out the chairman’s duties in his own inimitable style, which creates a general feeling of good will. The little artists who gave of their best received generous applause and many recalls to which they readily responded, while music for the various step dances was supplied on the violin by Mr R. Johnston, Trumland. Tea was served during an interval in the programme, and at the finish Mr Logie proposed votes of thanks to the performers, committee and helpers, who had worked hard for the success of the entertainment, and a vote of thanks was accorded the chairman on the call of Mr Gibson, Hullion. The school was then cleared for dancing. Annexed is the programme: –

“Irish Jig,” Sarah Smith, Lilla Yorston, Molly Gorn; action song, “Daisies,” Evelyn Pirie, Anna Yorston, and Isobel Pirie; n—– song, “Playing on the ole banjo,” Hugh Marwick, James Gorn, John Gibson, and Fred Craigie; dialogue, “The Trials of a Schoolmistress,” Sarah Smith and John Yorston; chorus, “Jolly Waggoner,” scholars; dance, “Baby Polka,” Anna Yorston, Hugh Yorston, Isobel Pirie, and John Yorston; recitation, “Grandmamma,” Evelyn Pirie; duet, “Hollicky, Dollicky,” Isobel Pirie and Hugh Yorston; “Hebridean Song,” scholars; dance, “Sword Dance,” Lily Sinclair; solo, ”What of the bow,” Hugh Marwick; recitation, “I Met a Man,” John Yorston; song, “Little Brown Owl,” scholars; recitation, “Miss Annabel Macarty,” Maisie Mainland; solo, “The Boats Coming In,” Lilla Yorston; dance, “Shean Trows,” Hugh Marwick and James Yorston; recitation, “Emmaline,” Anna Yorston; action song, “Pit-pat,” Sarah Smith, Lilla Yorston and Molly Gorn; play, “Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves.” Cast – Ali Baba, Sarah Smith; Captain of Thieves, James Gorn; Princess Roseleaf, Lily Sinclair; Grand Vizier, John Gibson; Assad and Assim (robbers), James Yorston and Fred Craigie; Badoura and Sodilla (Princess’s maids), Lilla Yorston and Maisie Mainland; Fairy Silvershoes, Molly Gorn; Morgiana (Ali’s servant), Hugh Marwick; Santy (the monkey), John Yorston.

1929 December 25 Orkney Herald

A LONG DISTANCE TELEPHONE CALL. – On Monday afternoon Mr George Graham, butcher, Kirkwall, received a telephone message from London. The message, which came through quite clearly, was an order from an Orcadian resident in London for a turkey to be delivered to a friend in one of the South Isles. It is remarkable that a message from such a distance should be heard so distinctly at the time of day when the line is usually busy.