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1930 January 1 Orkney Herald

ORKNEY SHERIFF COURT. – At the Orkney Sheriff Court, Kirkwall, on Friday December 27] – before Sheriff Brown – Albert Edward Munro, labourer, Sourin Post Office, and James Sinclair Russell, farmer, residing at Brendale, Rousay, were charged with, on 12th November and 4th December 1929, recklessly discharging a gun loaded with powder and shot in the direction of the crushing stance adjoining the house of Blossom, Sourin, to the danger of William Sinclair, labourer, and John William Wylie, road contractors, both of Grindlesbreck, Rousay, who were working at the crushing stance on the dates mentioned. The pellets from the discharge, it was alleged, took effect on the crusher, a pole, and hut at the stance. Mr William Davie, solicitor, Kirkwall, appeared for both the accused and tendered a plea of not guilty. After the Procurator-Fiscal had explained that the date on the first charge was wrong his Lordship agreed to desertion of diet pro loco et tempore* against the accused.

[*Desert pro loco et tempore – To stop the particular indictment or summary complaint proceeding further without the facts being determined]

1930 January 15 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – SCHOOL CONCERT. – On Friday evening, 27th December 1929, a most successful concert by the Sourin School children was held in the Recreation Hall. Despite the extreme inclemency of the weather during the early part of the week, Friday proved fair, and in the evening, although the advantage of moonlight was lacking, a goodly throng assembled at the hall. The duties of chairman were most efficiently carried out by Dr Boyle, who, at the close of the concert, congratulated the children and their teachers on the delightful entertainment which they had provided. As soon as the last item had been rendered, our old friend Santa Claus made his appearance at the hall door. Groaning and struggling under his heavy burden, he slowly made his way towards the platform, where, from a beautiful Christmas Tree and full sack, he dispensed gifts to the children in his usual generous way. After his departure, when the votes of thanks had been proposed and heartily responded to, tea was served. Thereafter the hall was cleared, and the young folks, with characteristic zest and enjoyment started dancing. Thanks are due to the committee of ladies and gentlemen who so ably helped with decorating, tea-making, serving, etc., and also to those who kindly assisted in providing music on violin and piano for the dance.

The following is the programme: Part song, “Down where the Bluebells Grow,” seniors; recitation, “Baby Dear,” Mabel Grieve and Ann Lyon; solo and chorus, “Poor Cock Robin,” James Marwick and seniors; song, “Trancadello,” Nelly Harcus and Annie H. Craigie; dialogue, “The Wishing Well,” senior girls; song, “Dip Boys, Dip the Oar,” Roy Russell, James Lyon and Hugh Mainland; recitation, “A Schoolboy’s Lament,” Hugh Craigie; song, “Aboard a Man o’ War,” James Marwick and William Grieve; dance, “Sailor’s Hornpipe,” James Marwick and William Grieve; recitation, “Lady Moon,” Chrissie Russell; song and dance, “The Village Fair,” seniors; playlet, juniors; song, “My Dream,” John Grieve, John Seatter, Billy Mainland, James Lyon; part song, “The Frost,” seniors; recitation, “Funny Man,” Hugh Russell; solo, “My Photograph,” Ethel Gibson; song, “Creep, Mice, Creep,” infants; dance, “Sword Dance,” Molly Mainland and Margaret Lyon; recitation, “When I am a Man,” junior boys; song, “Lancashire Witches,” senior girls; song, “Fairy Song,” Kathleen Gibson, Kathleen Grieve, and Isabella Lyon; recitation, “Farmer John,” Jeannie Donaldson; duet and chorus, “The Picaninnies,” Ethel Gibson, William Grieve and seniors; song, “The Rail-road,” juniors; playlet, “A C— Concert,” seniors. [Orkney Herald]

1930 January 22 Orkney Herald




The charge against Albert Edward Munro, labourer, Sourin Post Office, and James Sinclair Russell, farmer, residing at Brendale, Rousay, which was adjourned on the 27th December 1929, was resumed for hearing at Orkney Sheriff Court, Kirkwall, on Monday morning [January 20th].

Both accused were charged with having, on 11th November and 4th December 1929, recklessly discharged a gun loaded with powder and shot in the direction of the crushing stance adjoining the house of Blossom, Sourin, to the danger of William Sinclair, labourer, and John William Wylie, road contractors, both of Grindlesbreck, Rousay, who were working at the crushing stance on the dates mentioned. The pellets from the discharge, it was alleged, took effect on the crusher, a pole, and hut at the stance.

Mr William Davie, solicitor, Kirkwall, appeared for both the accused and tendered a plea of not guilty.

Evidence was then led, and the first witness called for the prosecution was John William Wylie, road contractor, Rousay. Answering Mr H. W. Scarth, Procurator-Fiscal, witness said he had been in Rousay for eight years. He got possession of the present land in 1924 from James Russell. He was working at a stone crusher there on 11th November. He went there with his three sons and his wife about 8 o’clock on that date. While they were there Miss Tina MacDonald and Miss Cooper came along to see them. It started to rain, and they stopped working. After having some food he went back to the crusher with two boys and William Sinclair at 12.30. He was inside the hut when he heard a shot going off. He went outside, and saw accused passing by the top of the quarry. While working at the crusher on the 4th December with his son and William Sinclair and a foreman he saw accused about 3 o’clock in the afternoon. He heard a shot being fired, and later found pellets in the pulley, on the pole, and on the crusher where they were working. That same day he saw Munro and Russell, but he did not see them firing a gun.

The guide pole and part of the fly-wheel of the crusher and pellets were produced in Court.

Asked if the holes in the pole and the flywheel were those made by the pellets witness said they were.

Cross-examined by Mr Davie, witness said Russell was tenant of Knapper when he took it over from him, and Russell had the tenant’s rights. He had no spite against Russell or any other man. He was there at the crusher on the 11th November when the firing took place. He reported the matter to the police a month after it had happened, and of the firing on the 4th December a week after. Sinclair was to blame for the wrong date appearing in the first charge. His wife, Mrs Wylie, wrote out the letter concerning the matter, and he did not find out until later that the wrong date had appeared in the charge. On the 11th November he was at the crusher between two and three o’clock in the afternoon, and remained there until between three and four. He saw both accused passing the top of the quarry between two and three o’clock. They were about 44 yards away. He heard a shot, but did not know who fired it. He saw both accused with guns, but did not know what sort of guns they were carrying. On the 4th December he was working at the crusher with Sinclair, and stopped work at 3 o’clock in the afternoon. He again saw accused passing with guns, and that same day he remembered hearing a shot being fired. He never examined the crusher at the time, but three weeks afterwards he found lead in the guide pole and on the hut. He did not know from what direction the shot had been fired, nor the distance.

Asked by Mr Davie if he knew why the accused should go to the crusher and fire recklessly at him, witness answered he did not know.

The next witness to be called was William Sinclair, who, in answer to the Procurator-Fiscal, said he was employed by John Wylie. On 11th November he was at the crusher in the afternoon of the date in question, when he heard a shot fired. He saw two men there, whom he recognised to be Albert Munro and James Russell. They had guns, and came down to the face of the quarry and then went away. At three o’clock on 4th December he again saw the two accused. He heard a shot being fired that same day while he was finishing his work.

Cross-examined by Mr Davie, witness said he went to the crusher at 9.30 in the morning of the 11th November. On that day he saw both accused pointing a gun from 70 to 80 yards while he was sheltering in the hut about 66 feet from the quarry. On the 4th December he remembered hearing a shot, and saw both accused at the same place. Some time after he examined the pulley and pole and found pellets in them both. He thought they had entered at an angle. He reported the matter to the police as having happened on the 12th November, but it was a mistake, and it was changed to the 11th November. The charge of shooting on the 4th December was also reported to the police at the same time.

Mr Davie – I suggest this is a made-up affair?

Witness – It is nothing of the kind. I am certain it is not.

Other witnesses called were John Robert Wylie, James Wylie, John Irvine Gordon, and Police Constable Yorston.

FOR THE DEFENCE. – Examined by Mr Davie, the first accused, Albert Munro, said he knew John Wylie, contractor, in Rousay, and also William Sinclair. On the morning of the 11th November he went out at 9 o’clock to visit a house at Knapper. He remembered the day, because it was raining. He went to the hill there, and met Russell looking after the sheep. After that he went home, and the rest of the day he was in bed. He had a gun, but he did not fire any shots on the day in question. He was over the land of Brendale that same forenoon, which is about 300 yards from the quarry. On the 4th December, about 12 o’clock, he was again at Brendale, and crossed over to Russell’s grounds, which is about 350 yards from the crusher. He remembered going to Swandale that day, and he went the road at the back of Blossom. While passing there he saw Wylie and Sinclair at the quarry. The nearest distance to them would be about 150 yards. He never was down the hill where the shot was fired.

Answering the Procurator-Fiscal, accused said he went to visit Russell between 9 and 10 o’clock on the 11th November. He walked over the hill, which took about an hour. He returned home about 12 ‘o’clock.

James Sinclair Russell was then called. Answering Mr Davie, he said he was proprietor of Brendale in Rousay. He had bought Brendale about three years ago. He was also tenant of Knapper, which Wylie now has, and in which place he had been a crofter. He had some difficulty with Wylie, because he (Russell) wanted some security for it. On the morning of 11th November he remembered working in the house. He went to the hill between 9 and 10 o’clock to look after sheep and lambs. He met Munro that same morning. He (Russell) had no gun that day. Munro helped him with the sheep and remained until they were all gathered, which took about an hour. Munro then left for home about 12 o’clock. On the 4th December he remembered Mr Taylor coming in the afternoon from Swandale. They both left for Swandale with guns at about one o’clock. They went to Swandale, and on the road they came to a dwelling house, where he (Russell) left his gun. He knew Albert Munro had fired a shot that day on the hill at Lee. He did not know in which direction the shot had been fired, but he was certain it was not in the direction of the quarry.

Cross-examined by the Procurator Fiscal, accused said he remembered seeing two of the Wylies on the 4th December between two and three o’clock, and about 150 yards away. He carried out gun tests at 102 yards to see if the pellets marked the paint of a door at that distance, but they did not. He asked Mr Charles Langskaill, gamekeeper, to measure the distance to the crusher that the shots were fired from, and found it to be 102 yards.

Other witnesses for the defence were Miss MacDonald, Miss Cooper and Charles Langskaill.

After hearing all the evidence and the summing up, the Sheriff said he failed to see how the Crown had proved the charge against accused, and therefore gave his verdict as “not proven.”




[At Orkney Sheriff Court, Kirkwall, on Tuesday, 14th January – before Sheriff Brown] Albert Edward Munro, labourer, Old School, and William Sinclair, labourer, Grindlesbreck, both of Sourin, Rousay, were charged with having, on 27th December 1929, at the Recreation Hall, Sourin, conducted themselves in a riotous and disorderly manner with each other, curse and swear and make use of obscene language, and committing a breach of the peace.

Mr William Davie, solicitor, Kirkwall, appeared for Albert Edward Munro and pleaded guilty under provocation. Mr F. Buchanan appeared for William Sinclair and pleaded not guilty.

Evidence was then led, the first Witness being Samuel James Inkster, farm servant.

By Procurator-Fiscal – Q. – You were at the Christmas tree in the Recreation Hall on the evening of 27th December, and were you one of the committee. A. – Yes. Q. – You remember seeing the accused, Wm. Sinclair there? A. – Yes. Q. – Was he by himself when you saw him? A. – Yes. Q. – Did you see any one else outside the door? A. – Yes, Albert Munro. Q. – He was quite sober at the time? A. – Yes. Q. – Did you ask Munro how he got on in Kirkwall that day? A. – Yes. Q. – What did he say? A. – He said he got on all right. Q. – Did he say anything about the others losing their case? A. – He said he had lost the case on the date. Q. – What did he say next? A. – He told me the other man was here himself and that I could ask him. Q. – Did Munro then turn to Sinclair? A. – Sinclair spoke to him. Q. – What did he say? A. – He said something about he would see later. Q. – Did Munro not say he had lost the case? A. – No. I did not hear that. Q. – Did Sinclair say that. A. – No, I don’t remember. Q. – Did you hear them starting to argue? A. – Yes. Q. – Did you hear Sinclair call Munro a liar? A. – Yes. Q. – What did Munro say to that? A. – He said Sinclair was a liar. Q. – Was anything said about going into the road? A. – Yes. Munro said that. Q. – What did you think he meant by that? A. – Because Sinclair had called him a liar. Q. – Did Sinclair go? A. – No. Q. – Did you hear more bad language? A. – Yes. Q. – Did you hear Sinclair call Munro any names? A. – Yes. Q. – What took place after that? A. – Munro went to the other side of the door and asked Sinclair to say that again, and Sinclair said he would. Q. – What happened then? A. – They started to fight, Sinclair kicked and Munro hit Sinclair. Q. – Who struck first? A. – I don’t know. Q. – Did they keep fighting with each other? A. – Yes. Q. – Did Sinclair stumble over a box there? A. – Sinclair hit Munro then and both got into grips. Q. – Were they swearing? A. – Yes. Q. – Did you get hold of Munro? A. – Yes. Q. – What did he say to you? A. – He said he could not let go, because Sinclair had him by the hair of the head. Q. – Did you then pull them apart? A. – I told them both to let go. Q. – You separated them? A. – Yes. Q. – Was Sinclair’s face cut at all? A. – Yes, a little. Q. – Do you think both are equally to blame for what took place? A. – I do not know.

By Mr F. Buchanan – Q. – Were you inside the hall? A. – Yes, inside the door. Q. – Who was there first? A. – Sinclair was there first, outside the door. Q. – Did you hear Sinclair and Munro talking together? A. – Yes. Q. – Did they speak about the case? A. – Yes. Q. – Did Munro say to Sinclair that it was a fine thing going to Kirkwall and changing the date? A. – I never heard that. Q. – Did you hear Munro asking Sinclair to make a statement, and to sign it? A. – No Q. – The first you heard was Munro call Sinclair a liar, and Sinclair call him a liar? A. – Yes. Q. – Did you hear Munro calling Sinclair filthy names? A. – No. I do not know. Q. – Were you inside then? A. – Yes, inside the door. Q. – Was it then that Munro hit Sinclair? A. – He asked him to call him that again. Q. – He asked him to say that again? A. – Yes. Sinclair said he would and then Munro hit Sinclair. Q. – Did Munro approach Sinclair to go for him? A. – Yes, at one side of the door, and Sinclair was as bad. Q. – Did they fall on the ground? A. – No, they were in grips at the side of the box. Q. – Did Munro kick Sinclair? A. – I do not know. I did not see that. Q. – You said Sinclair’s face was cut. Had Munro a stone in his hand? A. – No. I am not sure.

James Wylie and Robert Inkster gave corroborative evidence.

The accused, William Sinclair, was then placed in the witness box.

By Mr Buchanan. Q. – You are a labourer and presently employed by James Wylie at the stone crusher. On the 27th December 1929 you were in Kirkwall as witness in a police case and you returned to Rousay that afternoon? A.- Yes. Q. – Did you go to the Recreation Hall to an entertainment there? A. – Yes. Q. – Did you see Munro outside the hall? A. – Yes. Q. – What did Munro say to you? A. – He said I was a fine fellow in going to Kirkwall and changing the date. Q. – Did you reply to that? A. – No. Q. – What did he say to you after that? A. – He wanted me to go into the old school and write a statement and for me to sign it. Q. – To what effect? A. – In order that I might say I did not see him firing on the crusher. Q. – Did you refuse? A. – Yes. Q. – Before that did he say anything to you about being a fine fellow in Kirkwall? A. – Yes. He said I was all right in Kirkwall but since coming to that clan of Wylies I was neither of use nor ornament. Q. – What did Munro say after that? A. – He told me to go to the Poor House. Q. – Did you challenge him to fight? A. – Yes. Q. – Did he hit you then? A. – Yes. Q. – Did you make any movement to hit him? A. – No. I was standing with my hands in my pockets all the time. Q. – Did he hit you? A. – Yes, in the face and put his knee into my stomach. Q. – Did he trip you? A. – Yes. Q. – You felt pains in your stomach? A. – Yes. Q. –  Did you go to the doctor about it? A. – Yes. Q. – The whole quarrel was due to Munro asking you to sign a statement? A. – Yes. Q. – He committed the assault on you and anything you did was in self defence? A. – Yes.

By the Procurator-Fiscal: Q. – How did you come to have this letter from the surgeon? A. – The doctor gave me it. Q. –  You are now able to go about your work? A. – Yes. Q. – Is it correct that Munro is being accused in this court of discharging a gun on you and Wylie? A. – Yes. Q. – The case was adjourned because of a wrong date, subsequently you all went home without any decision come to? A. – Yes. Q. – Did Munro chip you about having lost the case? A. – Yes. Q. – You told him you had not lost the case? A. – Yes. Q. – From that it led to anger and high words then fighting? A. – Yes. Q. – Could you not have got away from Munro if you had wanted? A. – No. Q. – Rather than prevent disturbance you replied to his nasty remarks. Do you not think you are as bad? A. – No. Q. – You were determined to have it out with him? A. – Yes.

The Procurator-Fiscal and Mr F. Buchanan having addressed the court, his lordship said the Crown had failed to prove the case against Sinclair and discharged him accordingly. In the case of Munro he would fine him £2 or 14 days imprisonment.

The fine was paid at the bar.


ROUSAY – CHILDREN’S CONCERT. – A children’s school concert was held in Wasbister on the evening of Friday, 17th January, at the school. The weather was fine, and a large audience came from every part of the island, and soon filled the hall. Dr Boyle acted as chairman, and at the close of the concert said that if each of the school children could not be dux, they could provide the very acceptable fare of an enjoyable concert. After the usual votes of thanks, tea was provided, and later this was followed by dancing. Mrs Kirkness, Quoyostray, and Mrs Sinclair, Sketquoy, provided tea, and Mr James Craigie, Deithe, and Mr Hugh Sinclair, Vacquoy, gave valuable services with the stage and scenery. James Clouston, Tou, and Mancy Flaws provided music on the violin, and Miss Mathieson was at the piano. The following is the programme: – Chairman’s remarks; opening chorus, “There’s nothing like a little song to make us very glad”; recitation, “A Child’s Troubles,” Hugh Sinclair; solo and chorus, “Grandma,” Netta Sinclair and girls; recitation, “The Furry Rabbits,” Jim Leslie; comic song, “The Boss o’ the Hoose,” Sinclair Craigie; crinoline dance, Netta Sinclair, Thora Kirkness and Kathleen Craigie; dialogue, “The Gallant Ship,” six boys; part song, “The Lark,” Kathleen Craigie and Netta Sinclair, Leonard Marwick and Sinclair Craigie; dialogue, “Rival Dollies,” Agnes Marwick and Clementina Donaldson; solo and chorus, “My Grandfather’s Clock,” Leonard Marwick boys; recitation, “She Obeyed,” Thora Kirkness; solo, “The Nightingale,” Kathleen Craigie; interval; chorus, “Stack, stack, fingers crack”; recitation, “A Mixed Order,” Jim Craigie; conversational song with appropriate actions, “Where are you going my pretty maid?” six little ones; recitation, “Down and Out. A Tramp’s Ode to Liberty,” Sinclair Craigie; solo, “A Bird’s Nest,” Netta Sinclair; gollywog dance, Tom Marwick, Jim Craigie, Tom Donaldson, and Hugh Sinclair; sketch, “Mrs Pinkerton’s Bonnet,” Kathleen Craigie and Netta Sinclair; camping song, “Our Camp,” the boys; recitation, “My Dollies,” Clara Donaldson; character duet, “Leander and Jenny Dix,” Leonard Marwick and Kathleen Craigie; recitation, “A Big Meal,” Stanley Moar; chorus, “The Streamlet”; monologue, “Granny goes to the Pictures,” Thora Kirkness as Granny; action song, “Clap, clap, Hurrah!” boys and girls; votes of thanks, tea; dance.

1930 January 29 Orkney Herald

DAILY DELIVERY OF MAILS TO CERTAIN DISTRICTS OF ORKNEY. – We have been asked by the local post office officials to confirm the report that a daily delivery of letters and parcels has been granted to all the Mainland districts of Orkney, also to South Ronaldshay and Burray, and Rousay. The arrangements are now being worked out, but it is not expected that the daily delivery will commence before April.

ROUSAY. – The annual ploughing match of the Rousay Agricultural Society was held on a field kindly granted by Mr R. Lyon, Ervadale, Sourin, on Wednesday, 22nd inst. The weather was all that could be desired, and the ground was in good condition. There were 20 competitors – 3 champions and 17 ordinary – and the work all over was of a high standard. The judges were Mr J. Rendall, Nisthouse, Evie, and Mr J. Garrioch, Breckan, Costa. Mr James Johnston visited the field, and thus enabled the Highland and Agricultural Society’s medal to be competed for.

The society is much indebted to Mr Lyon for placing the field at their disposal, and to Mrs Lyon for her kindness and hospitality to the ploughmen, who were liberally supplied with refreshments during the day and entertained to a sumptuous dinner at night; also to Mr and Mrs Inkster, Woo, for making lunch and dinner for the judges and committee. Annexed is the prize-list: –

PLOUGHING. – CHAMPIONS – 1 and Mr W. Grant’s cup, Robert Johnston, Trumland; 2 Samuel Inkster, Wasdale; 3 Malcolm Hourie, Quoys. Feering and finish, R. Johnston.

ORDINARY. – 1 and Highland and Agricultural Society’s medal, Hugh Grieve, Hurtiso; 2 James Craigie, jr., Falquoy; 3 William Moar, Saviskaill; 4 Charles Flett, Westness; 5 John Marwick. jr., Innister; 6 William Inkster, Woo; 7 George Craigie, Cogar; 8 Thomas Inkster, Curquoy; 9 Hugh Robertson, jr., Langskaill; 10 Stanley Gibson, Ervadale; 11 John Marwick, Breck; 12 John Linklater, Westness. Feering, James Craigie; finish, Hugh Grieve; medal for best feering on field, R. Johnston; best finish on field, Hugh Grieve; straightest ploughing, Sam Inkster; best ploughed rig on field, R. Johnston.

HARNESS. – 1 and medal, C. Flett, 2 H. Robertson, 3 Wm. Inkster, 4 Wm. Moar, 5 J. Linklater, 6 Hugh Sinclair, Sketquoy. Best harness in every-day use, Wm. Moar.

GROOMING. – 1 and medal, C. Flett, 2 Hugh Robertson, 3 John Petrie, Trumland; 4 Wm. Moar, 5 M. Hourie, 6 J. Linklater, 7 Alex. Dunnet, Trumland.

SPECIAL PRIZES. – Medal for most points, Charles Flett; medal for ploughman under 20 who was highest in prize-list, Wm. Moar.

The society desire to take this opportunity of thanking all who contributed to the prize fund, and the donors of all the special prizes, and all who helped to make the match a success.

1930 February 19 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – SERVICE OF PRAISE. – A good attendance gathered from all parts of the island, with favourable weather conditions, to the service of praise which was held on the evening of Sunday, February 9th, in the Church of Scotland at Sourin. As there is no regular choir, a voluntary choir of about a score, which had practised diligently for some weeks with Mr R. Grieve as conductor, carried out a varied programme of solos, duets, quartettes and choir pieces in an efficient and pleasing way, which gave great satisfaction to the audience, which has added one more to the number of successful meetings of this kind which have been held annually in this church for many years. Miss [Mary] Rendall, Schoolhouse, presided as organist during the practices and her able and accurate work won much praise. A good collection was given, which is to be used as part of a fund for renovating the church. Rev. D. S. Brown was chairman, and spoke simply at the close in few and fitting words of the work they had done and the service which they had rendered. He also pleaded for more of it because of the interest which it roused, and also for a revival of sacred music among Scottish rural churches especially, as it would help to give inspiriting power to religion in these difficult times.

1930 February 26 Orkney Herald

OBITUARY. – REV. JAMES McKAY. – The Rev. James McKay passed away suddenly on Wednesday morning, at Quoyostray, Rousay – the home of his nephew, Mr Mark Kirkness – where he had been for some weeks on a visit. Mr McKay had been in poor health for some months, but was able to go about, and his sudden demise was quite unlooked for.

Born at Stromness 69 years ago, he received his early education there. For some years he followed the teaching profession, holding appointments in Stromness and other parts of Orkney and the north of Scotland.

Proceeding to Canada, Mr McKay engaged for a time in missionary work, and afterwards went through a Divinity course in Toronto, and was licensed to preach. He spent 28 years in Canada, his return to Scotland being necessitated by his wife’s ill-health. His work in the ministry there was very successful. Speaking in the Miramichi Presbytery, the representatives of Restigouche congregation testified to their “great respect for Mr McKay, their appreciation of his services, and their regret that circumstances made his departure from his people – by whom he is highly esteemed – imperative. Mr McKay’s work had been successful in the highest sense. In Richmond Bay East, where he was ordained, and in Souris, P.E.I., his first regular charge, he is still remembered with affection, and in the Miramichi Presbytery, in which he has served for 15 years, he has in his work both in and out of the pulpit won the esteem of all.”

On his return to Scotland Mr McKay held temporary appointments in various U.F. Churches. His wife, who belonged to Speyside, pre-deceased him five years ago.

The funeral took place to Stromness Cemetery on Friday afternoon. The funeral service was held in the North Church, and was taken part in by Revs. Jas. Christie, J. Mair Hutcheon, and D. M. Ross. A large company assembled to pay their last respects to one who was held in the highest regard by the whole community.

[Mark M. Kirkness’s second Christian name was that of his mother Betsy’s maiden surname – McKay]

1930 March 12 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – PRESENTATION TO EMIGRANTS. – A very pleasant social evening was spent in the Wasbister School on February 27th, when the people of the district met to entertain Mr and Mrs Sinclair, Vacquoy, on the occasion of their leaving the island to make their home in Canada. Mr Clouston, sen., Tou, in his very able and pleasing manner carried out the duties of chairman. A few hands of whist were played, and after tea Mr and Mrs Sinclair were presented with a very fine case of stainless cutlery. Their son, Master Hugh Sinclair, got a fountain pen from the school children. Mr Sinclair was the local joiner, and, owing to his obliging and jovial disposition, much regret is felt at his going away. After a few songs and a short dance, in which all took part, the evening was brought to a close by singing “Auld Lang Syne.”

[Hugh Alexander Sinclair was married to Annie Linklater, Curquoy. Their destination was the town of Sovereign, Saskatchewan.]

1930 March 26 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – PRESENTATION. – When it became known that Mr Robert Inkster, Woo, was intending to emigrate to Canada the School Picnic Committee and friends got busy, and the result was the splendid evening spent in the Sourin Public School on Friday, 7th March. All the youth of the district were gathered together to do honour to the guest of the evening. The evening’s entertainment  commenced with a most enjoyable whist drive, at which the following were the winners: – Ladies -1 Miss Molly Mainland, Hurtiso; consolation, Miss Ethel Gibson, Springfield. Gentlemen – 1 Mr Harry Sinclair, Knarston; consolation, Mr Hugh Grieve, Hurtiso. Miss I. C. Craigie, M.A., very gracefully presented the prizes for the whist drive. Mr J. W. Grieve, Whitehall, who cheerfully discharged the duties of chairman, explained the object of their meeting. He said that Mr Robert Inkster had been a very useful member of the School Picnic Committee, and had given his services readily and ungrudgingly whenever and wherever he was needed. The committee were viewing his departure with regret. As his sterling qualities were well known to all, and required no comment, it was useless for him to say any more, and he called on Miss Rendall to make the presentation. The presentation took the form of a lovely “Elgin” watch and a purse of money. Mr R. Inkster, replying, thanked the company for their beautiful and useful gift, which he would cherish, and which would often recall this happy evening. Thereafter Mr J. W. Grieve led the company in the singing of “For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow.” Supper followed soon after, with abundance of beautiful home-bakes, which the ladies had so generously provided. The company then indulged in a most enjoyable dance, splendid music being supplied on the piano by Miss Craigie, teacher, and on the violin by Messrs J. W. Grieve, Whitehall, and Mr James Grieve, Falldown. Mr John Inkster [Robert’s father], Woo, made a few remarks before leaving, saying he could not go home without thanking the committee and friends for the trouble they had taken in organising such a delightful and wholly unexpected entertainment.

1930 May 7 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – CHILDREN’S SERVICE OF PRAISE. – On Sunday night, April 20th, the children of Frotoft Sunday-school held a service of praise in the school. The conductor was Mr Danny Mackay, who has had long experience in the musical training of children, and Miss Minna Reid, who was pianist, helped to make the meeting a success. The children, who sang from the New Hymnary, carried out their part of the work in a satisfactory manner. Mr James Low, who superintends two Sunday-schools in the parish with ability and success, addressed the meeting, and Mrs [Mary] Mackay gave out the prizes and gifts to the scholars. Rev. D. S. Brown. M.A.. who presided, said that the churches of rural Scotland were waiting for a revival of sacred music and choir work, which would bring new interest and life and power with it. “An enjoyable evening” was the verdict of the audience as it dispersed. We should have such meetings oftener.

1930 May 21 Orkney Herald

MR JOHN LOGIE, J.P. ROUSAY. – As we go to press we learn of the death, which took place suddenly on Monday, of Mr John Logie, J.P., Rose Cottage, Rousay.

Mr Logie had been in indifferent health of late, but not to such an extent as to cause anxiety. He was up and about as usual on Monday, but toward evening he collapsed, and although Dr Boyle was in attendance in the course of a few minutes, he found life to be extinct.

For many years Mr Logie was butler to the late Lt.-General Sir Frederick William Traill Burroughs, K.C.B., after whose death, and until the dispersal of the estate, he occupied the position of estate steward.

Taking an active interest in everything affecting the welfare of Rousay, he was associated with many activities, and from 1913 till 1925 represented the island on Orkney County Council. Mr Logie was for many years an elder of the U.F. Church.

A lover of the sea, Mr Logie was nowhere more at home than when competing in the Rousay or Kirkwall regattas, in which he was invariably a successful competitor.

Having a decided gift for painting [and photography], Mr Logie’s pictures of beauty spots in Rousay occupy positions of honour in the homes of Rousay folks and others at home and abroad.

Mr Logie will be missed in his native island, and by his many friends beyond its shores.

1930 May 28 Orkney Herald


TO BE SOLD, by Private Bargain, with entry at Martinmas 1930, (1) the FARM OF KNARSTON, SOURIN, ROUSAY, extending to 75 acres or thereby, of which 60 acres or thereby are arable; (2) the FARM OF OLDMAN there, extending to 25 acres or thereby, of which 12 acres or thereby are arable.

For particulars, apply to the proprietor, Mr R. SINCLAIR, Newhouse, Rousay, or to the Subscribers, by whom offers will he received up to 30th June.

MACRAE & ROBERTSON, Solicitors. Kirkwall, 26th May, 1930.

1930 July 2 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – SAILING CLUB. – The annual general meeting of the Rousay Sailing Club was held at Trumland Pier on Wednesday, 18th June, at 7.30 p.m. – Mr James S. Gibson in the chair. Before proceeding with the business of the meeting, the chairman made reference to the loss of the club’s vice-commodore, the late Mr John Logie, J.P. Mr Logie was one of the chief promoters of the club, and was never more at home than when competing at the club’s annual regattas. It was agreed to insert in the minutes of the meeting the club’s deep regret at the loss of so worthy a member. Office-bearers were then elected for the ensuing year as follows: – Commodore, Mr Walter G. Grant; vice-commodore, Dr Boyle; secretary, Mr Robert Johnston; treasurer, Mr Charles Logie. jr., along with a committee consisting of Messrs C. B. Logie, Fred Inkster, George Harrold, John Craigie, Cruar; James Craigie, John Petrie, David Gibson, James Grieve, Tom Sinclair, and James Craigie, Deithe. Messrs William Craigie, Rusness, and James S. Gibson were appointed starter and time-keeper respectively. The regatta was fixed for the Kirkwall July holiday, and the club hope to see a large turnout of boats from Kirkwall and all the other surrounding districts as usual. Valuable cups and medals are offered for competition in all the sailing races, and it is hoped that the regatta will be the success that it has always been formerly.

THUNDERSTORM OVER ORKNEY. – Following upon excessive heat experienced in Orkney a thunderstorm of considerable severity passed over the Northern Isles and East Mainland on Tuesday evening of last week. At Kirkwall distant rumblings were heard from the north-east about 11 o’clock, and this continued for about a hour, during which the flashes of sheet lightning were fairly frequent, accompanied by some rain. At midnight, however, the town was in the storm centre, and there were very bright flashes of lightning, followed by reverberating rolls of thunder. The wind also rose and there was a heavy downpour of rain. The vicinity of Wideford Hill apparently fared worst, as we learn that an outhouse at Blackhill was slightly damaged by lightning, while a horse in a field at Grainbank was found the following morning suffering from shock.

Orkney was again visited by a thunderstorm yesterday (Tuesday) afternoon. At Kirkwall loud peals of thunder were heard in the north-east, as if from over Shapinsay. There were heavy showers of rain, but no lightning was seen.

1930 July 16 Orkney Herald



The giant airship Graf Zeppelin, which left Friedrichshaven, Germany, for a cruise over Scandinavia and Northern Scotland, passed over Orkney on Friday morning. She was first sighted at Stromness, coming from the westward. Flying over Hoy Sound, she presented a fine sight in the bright sunshine. She then flew to Lyness, where, flying at a low altitude, the crew peering downwards, saw salvers busy trying to raise the sunken German battleship Hindenburg. The airship, which was travelling at a very moderate speed, afterwards cruised over the Flow and made off over Hoxa Sound, but her huge bulk made her visible for some time as she passed over Flotta and South Ronaldshay. Except for those who were out at the mail boat at Scapa Pier, Kirkwallians did not have an opportunity of seeing the Zeppelin.

1930 July 30 Orkney Herald



The annual regatta of the Rousay Sailing Club took place on Friday (Kirkwall July holiday). Kirkwall yachtsmen left the town at 6 a.m. on their 12 miles’ journey to Trumland against a stream flood tide, which would undoubtedly have held up sail craft had it not been for the ready assistance of several motor boats. The weather was calm in the morning; in fact, so calm that for some time suitable sailing conditions were despaired of. As the day wore on, however, the wind gradually increased from the south, but never to more than a very light breeze.

As on former occasions the sailing course was from a mark buoy anchored off Trumland Pier, round a mark buoy off the Point of Avelshay, thence to the Point of Viera, and back Trumland Pier.

SAILING RACES. – The first race was a special one for the two yachts, Trixie (J. Dearness, Kirkwall), and Skeldro (T. H. Clouston, Gairsay). At 11 a.m. the starting gun was fired, and with her fine stretch of canvas Trixie soon took the lead, which she maintained to the end, the race ending as follows: – 1 Trixie 2h 30m 8s; 2 Skeldro 3h 22m 58s.

22 Feet Waterline and Under. – In this race there were four entries, viz.: – Snowdrop (C. Logie), Venus (W. Schollay), Mizpah (W. Grieve), Welcome Home (Swanney). This race started at 11.15 a.m., and ended in an easy win for Snowdrop. The following are the corrected times: – 1 Snowdrop 1h 31m 21s; 2 Mizpah 1h 43m 24s; 3 Venus 1h 59m 42s; 4 Welcome Home retired.

17 Feet Waterline and Under. – The next race was for boats of 17 feet waterline and under, for which there were seven entries: – Mavis (P. Finlayson, sr.), Motor (D. Gibson), Thora (D. Miller), Wilsons (J. Mowat), Tern (S. Bews), Ivy (John Foulis), and Foam (P. Finlayson, jr.).

When the starting gun went at 11.30 a.m. all the boats made good starts, especially Ivy, which showed her rivals a clean pair of heels, while Foam also began to draw away from Mavis and Tern, which were next in order. Ivy was sailing the second leg of the course by the time the other boats had reached Avelshay Point. After having overtaken all the boats of the previous race, with the exception of Snowdrop, Ivy crossed the line first. The race ended as follows: – 1 Ivy, 1h 19m 8s; 2 Foam, 2h 12m 15s; 3 Flora, 2h 17m 12s; 4 Tern, 2h 28m 16s; Motor, retired; Wilsons, retired.

14 Feet Waterline and Under. –  At 11.45 a.m. the race for boats of 14 feet waterline and under was started. There were five entries: – Daisy (J. Craigie), Ivy (G. Harrold), Annie (D. Craigie), Mary Annie (S. Mainland), Winnie (J. Mowat). The wind was still very light when Annie crossed the line to win this race. The following were the results: – 1 Annie, 2h 21m 21s; 2 Ivy, 2h 23m 18s; 3 Daisy, 3h 13m 35s; Mary Annie, retired; Winnie, retired.

On the conclusion of this race the boatmen were entertained to tea by the committee.

All-Comers’ Race. – For the all-comers’ race, which started at 3.15 p.m., there were sixteen competitors, all jockeying for position. They were as follows: – Foam (P. Finlayson, jr.), Ivy (John Foulis), Tern (S. Bews), Snowdrop (C. Logie), Venus (W. Schollay), Mizpah (W. Grieve), Welcome Home (Swanney), Trixie (J. Dearness), Thora (D. Miller), Ivy (G. Harrold), Skeldro (T. H. Clouston), Motor (D. Gibson), Winnie (J. Mowat), Wilsons (J. Mowat ).

It was seen from the first that Trixie would easily outsail the rest, and was first round the buoy on the first lap of the course. Very soon Ivy (John Foulis) again showed her mettle by following up Trixie. By this time the wind had increased somewhat, but was not still enough to enable Skeldro to make herself the rival she might have been had it been fresher. The only boat to change position on the last leg of the course was Snowdrop, which overtook and passed Tern. The following were the corrected times; – 1 Trixie 0h 46m 44s; 2 Ivy 0h 53m 24s; 3 Skeldro 1h 3m 11s; 4 Mizpah 1h 3m 15s; 5 Snowdrop 1h 3m 16s; 6 Tern 1h 6m 2s; 7 Thora 1h 9m 49s; 8 Foam 1h 10m 20s; 9 Venus 1h 15m 9s; 10 Mavis 1h 18m 5s; 11 Annie 1h 18m 45s; 12 Winnie 1h 20m 25s; 13 Ivy 1h 23m 6s; 14 Wilsons 1h 27m 26s; Motor retired; Welcome Home retired.

For the special prizes offered in this race for boats of 14 feet waterline and under Annie came in first, Winnie second, and Ivy (G. Harrold) third.

Motor Boat Races – Following the all-comers’ race was the motor boat race. The rules were to steam dead slow towards Avelshay Point, from which a flag was hoisted as a signal to return at full speed. The results were as follows: – 1 Tern – H. Logie; 2 Pixie – E. Mackay; 3 Redwing – H. Aitken; 4 Jean – J. Corse; 5 Nellie – Ruby Johnston; 6 Saga – J. Leslie; Queen of the Isles – D. Johnston, retired.

Rowing Races. – The following rowing races, which concluded the programme, were then engaged in: – Men’s Rowing Race. – 1 G. Petrie and C. Craigie. 2 J. Kelday and J. Findlay. 3 J. Smith and J. Bews. Ladies’ Rowing Race. – 1 Alice Logie and Hannah Johnston. 2 Cissie and Mabel Sinclair. Boys’ Rowing Race. – 1 A. Walls and Jim Gorn. 2 John Gibson and H. Marwick. Men’s Single Rowing Race. – 1 J. Kelday. 2 G. Petrie.

Presentation of Prizes. – After the races the prizes were handed over to the successful competitors by Mrs Walter Grant, Trumland House, for which she was accorded a hearty vote of thanks. Votes of thanks were also accorded to the secretary and his committee, and to the ladies who had so ably carried out the catering arrangements.

The Kirkwall City Pipe Band enlivened the proceedings of the day by playing selections on the pier at intervals.

During the afternoon Mr John Mackay, Kirkwall Hotel, gave the Rousay people a fine opportunity of seeing his speedboat Redwing going full out in Veira Sound.

The secretarial work was ably carried out by Mr R. Johnston, whilst the duties of timekeeper and starter were efficiently carried through by Mr. J. S. Gibson and Dr Boyle respectively.




Salvage operations were carried on successfully on the ex-German battleship Hindenburg in Scapa Flow during Monday and Tuesday of last week, and on Tuesday night the vessel begun to rise aft. On Wednesday towing began, and she was made fast in Mill Bay about 9.30 the same night. All the firm’s tugs were made fast to her, and with the help of a strong northerly wind and the Hoy Head astern steering, the whole came slowly ahead. A large number of passengers were aboard the Hoy Head to see the once pride of the German navy, now a heap of scrap lying in Scapa Flow, on an even keel. By Friday the hull was nearly dry, several of the pumps being stopped.

1930 August 13 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – WASBISTER ANNUAL PICNIC. – Under ideal weather conditions the Wasbister annual picnic was held on Friday last, 8th August. As there was a lengthy sports programme, the children assembled early at the school, and were on the field passing 1 p.m. Lunch was served almost immediately, after which the races commenced – flat, egg-and-spoon, three-legged, balance, boot-and-shoe, blind-fold, sack and relay – the last mentioned being entered into with extreme enthusiasm, and enjoyed by the spectators almost as much as by the children themselves Thereafter competitions for jumping and skipping were carried out, bringing to an end the children’s section of the programme. They now had the pleasure of watching the grown-ups, who ran several races – flat, sack, cigarette, and thread-the-needle, followed by high jump, long jump, and hop-step-and-leap. After these were finished the company proceeded to the school, where an excellent tea was served by a band of willing helpers. Dr Foubister then presented the many prizes, and by the smiling faces all could see that no child was disappointed. Votes of thanks were then proposed to the doctor and to all who had helped in any way to make the picnic the success it was. The school-room was then cleared and dancing commenced, music being supplied by Messrs Craigie, Clouston, Craigie and Grieve on the violin, and by Mrs Moar, Miss Craigie and Miss Mathieson on the piano. A delicious supper was served at 11 p.m., after which dancing was resumed, and carried on till 1.30 a.m., when “Auld Lang Syne” brought the happy evening to a close. To Mr Hugh Robertson, Langskaill, for so kindly giving the use of the field, and to the ladies, Mrs Margaret Sinclair, Sketquoy, and Mrs Maggie Craigie, Deithe, who so efficiently performed the duties pertaining to the tea-room, the committee desire to express their thanks.



The annual cattle show under the auspices of the Rousay Agricultural Society was held on Tuesday, August 5, in the show field adjoining Sourin School-house. Fine weather conditions and bright sunshine attracted many visitors from all parts of the island, and also from Kirkwall. Interest was not allowed to flag for a minute, there being always something in one or more of the rings.

Entries were not up to the standard of previous years, particularly in the horse section, which was rather disappointing. In the cattle section there was a fine display of yearlings, and, taking the section as a whole, the quality displayed was, in the opinion of the judges, a credit to the island. The supreme championship in the cattle section was won by an animal exhibited by Mr William Corsie, Glebe, who was also awarded the cup, presented by Mainland Bros., Westness, for the best milk cow.

What the horses lacked in numbers was made up for to a large extent in quality. In this section Mr Hugh Mainland, Hurtiso, secured the supreme honour with a two-year-old filly. The same owner gained the cup, presented by R. Bain, Halkirk, for best foal, one-year-old or two-year-old, sired by any of his horses.

The arrangements for the show were in the hands of Mr W. Sinclair, who unfortunately was unable to be present at the show. Mr William Gibson, Hullion, acted as secretary in his place, and was assisted by Messrs Johnston, Trumland; A. C. Gibson, Bigland; H. Mainland, Hurtiso; R. Seatter, Banks; J. Craigie, Furse; and John Gibson, Avelshay.

The judging both in cattle and horse sections was undertaken by Mr T. Clouston, Littlehowes, Holm, and Mr D. Petrie, Midbigging, St Andrews.

Judging over, visitors and members of the society gathered outside the Recreation Hall, where Lady Hamilton presented the cups to the winners in the horse and cattle sections, and also in the industrial and flower sections.

After the show the members of the society entertained the judges and members of the press to a splendid tea in the Schoolhouse. The tables were tastefully arranged, and the catering was in the able hands of Miss Rendall, who had the assistance of Miss Jessie Reid, Mrs Corsie, Glebe; Mrs Mainland, Westness; and Miss Violet Johnston, Trumland. The gathering was presided over by the president of the society, Mr A. C. Gibson, Bigland, who thanked the judges for their presence at the show. The judges returned thanks to the society for the kindness and hospitality received in Rousay…..

1930 August 20 Orkney Herald

DAILY POSTAL DELIVERY FOR ORKNEY. – The Post Office authorities are now able to announce a daily postal delivery for Orkney, to be commenced on the 6th September.

For some time past difficulty has been experienced in many areas with regard to a daily delivery, but these will now be overcome. In order that postmen may make their rounds daily, the authorities have placed six motorcycles and twenty ordinary cycles at their disposal.

The areas which will benefit from the new arrangements are the mainland, Rousay, South Ronaldshay and Burray.

1930 August 27 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – SOURIN PUBLIC SCHOOL PICNIC. – The Sourin School picnic was held at the Old School on Friday, 15th August, under adverse weather conditions, but the Recreation Hall provided shelter for the company during the heavy showers which fell throughout the afternoon. Parents and friends visited the field to witness the children’s games, which were carried through with enthusiasm. Competition in the various events was keen, and teachers and scholars are indebted to Mr Harrold, Springfield, and Mr J. W. Grieve, Whitehall, for the kindly help given. The tea making was in the very capable hands of Mrs Inkster, Woo, and Mrs Craigie, Cruar. A happy interval for refreshments was hailed with much enthusiasm, and ample justice was done to all the good things provided by a staff of willing helpers – the school picnic committee. Chocolates, kindly gifted by Mrs Grant, Trumland House, were handed out to each child. Mrs Boyle, Brinian House, presented the prizes, and on the call of Mr Harrold she was accorded a very hearty vote of thanks.

Not a little of the attraction of the picnic was the finishing up dance, which was pronounced “just grand” by each enthusiastic dancer. Although dancing commenced much earlier than usual owing to the wet, it was kept up till the usual time.

1930 September 10 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – DEMONSTRATIONS ON CHEESEMAKING. – Miss Leslie, College Instructress, gave some very interesting demonstrations on cheese making during the last week of August. A meeting was to be held in the three schools, but owing to a thunder-storm on Wednesday, 27th, Miss Leslie was unable to carry out her demonstration in Sourin School. The other meetings were very well attended, which is very encouraging to the lecturer. Next summer it is hoped to have Miss Leslie back again to hold butter-making classes.

1930 September 17 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – SOCIAL EVENING IN WASBISTER PUBLIC SCHOOL. – On the evening of the 5th Sept. the inhabitants of Wasbister met together to present Mr James Clouston, sen., Tou, with a clock and pipe in esteem for his services as postman in the district for a number of years. Now that the daily delivery has begun, only one postman is required. Mr Clouston was of a very obliging and jovial manner and always willing to oblige whenever he could. Mr Kirkness occupied the chair and spoke very highly of Mr Clouston’s worth in the district. Dr and Mrs Boyle and party were among the invited guests, and Mrs Boyle very nicely made the presentation in a few well-chosen remarks. Mr Clouston very suitably replied. A short programme was gone through with the school children under the tuition of Miss Mathieson, teacher, and was much enjoyed by all. Gramophone records were also played. After a splendid tea a most enjoyable dance was begun and kept up with great zest by all. Music was supplied by Messrs Craigie and Clouston, and Mrs Moar and Miss Mathieson. Baking was done by the ladies of the district, and all were sumptuously fed. A very happy and pleasant meeting was brought to a close by singing “Auld Land Syne.”

1930 September 24 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – ACCIDENT IN HARVEST FIELD – ROUSAY MAN FALLS FROM REAPER SEAT ON TO SHEAF BOARD. – Whilst engaged in “putting off” sheaves from a reaper on the farm of Breck, Sourin, Rousay, on Monday, John Craigie, jr., met with a somewhat serious accident. The crop was heavy, and in putting off a sheaf Mr Craigie overbalanced and fell on the sheaf board. His left arm came in contact with the knife, and he sustained a severe cut on the wrist, two sinews being severed. The sole of one of his boots was also sliced off. The young man was picked up in an unconscious condition, and Dr Boyle was immediately summoned. After his wounds had been dressed, Craigie was conveyed, via Evie, to the Garden Memorial Hospital, Kirkwall, where he is progressing favourably.

1930 October 1 Orkney Herald

SUMMER TIME DRAWS TO A CLOSE. – Summer Time, which began this year on April 13th, expires next Sunday morning, October 5th. To regain the hour lost, clocks and watches should be put back one hour. As it is said to be harmful to put the hands of a striking clock backwards, it would therefore be advisable to let the pendulum rest for an hour.

EVIE – EQUINOCTIALS – September tranquillity was disturbed last week by a violent storm of wind and rain from the nor’west, which raged for two days – Thursday and Friday. Towering clouds and a low barometer on Wednesday night were foreboding, and it was not surprising when Thursday morning broke with stormy conditions. As the day advanced the wind reached gale force, and the rain increased, making outdoor work impossible. On Friday the wind continued to blow strong, but the rain ceased. Tremendously heavy seas came sweeping in from the Atlantic, and the channel between Eynhallow and Rousay was a surging, seething whirlpool, out of which huge billows tossed themselves high over the cliffs, and scattered their spray far over the islands. On the shore enormous white waves rolled in with great force, lashing each other into foam and raking far up on the beach. It was impossible for a boat to get off from the pier, and no assistance could be given to the motor boat riding at anchor, which, however, escaped damage. The Rousay mail boat was unable to cross on Friday.

1930 October 29 Orkney Herald

AURORA. – Sunday night was lit up by a very brilliant display of “Merry Dancers,” which was enhanced and intensified by the many dark clouds floating about in the northern sky and the brilliancy of the stars in the south and east. Very vivid streamers shot up to the zenith – which is considered an evil weather omen. Usually such displays are accompanied by unsettled and stormy weather.

1930 October 31 Dundee Evening Telegraph

TRAWLER ASHORE ON ORKNEY COAST. Crew Taken Off in Safety. – The Aberdeen steam trawler, Strathmartine, belonging to the Strath Steam Trawling and Fishing Co. Ltd., is ashore at Rousay Sound, Rousay Island, off the west coast the Orkneys. From a telegraph message received by the owners it is learned that the vessel is on a soft bottom and is not leaking. The crew has been taken off and all are safe. The Strathmartine was built in 1914 and a vessel of 210 tons gross.

1930 November 5 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – SHIPWRECKED FISHERMEN AND MARINERS’ SOCIETY COLLECTION. – Mr James S. Gibson, Hullion, local agent for the Shipwrecked Fishermen and Mariners’ Society, has received the following letter regarding the collection made on behalf of the Society’s funds: – “Dear Sir, – I enclose receipt for your remittance, with very hearty thanks, and look upon the results of the collection in Rousay, Egilshay and Veira islands as marvellously satisfactory; and I can assure you that my committee appreciate the vigorous action of all concerned most deeply. If at all possible, let it be known how thankfully the handsome collection has been received. – Yours faithfully, Gerald E. Maude, Secy.” Personally Mr Gibson returns grateful thanks to the teachers and scholars who kindly undertook the collecting. The following is a list of the amounts collected in the various districts: – Rousay – Frotoft and Brinian, £2 13s 3d; Sourin, £2; Wasbister, 15s; Egilshay – £1 7s; Veira – £1 0s 6d – total, £7 15s 9d.

1930 November 19 Orkney Herald

DETENTION OF MAILS. – Owing to the heavy seas in Eynhallow Sound last week the mail boat did not venture to cross for several days, and Rousay was without mails from Saturday to the following Thursday.

FIRST SNOWFALL OF THE SEASON. – November so far has served out all kinds of bad weather, and the recent succession of fierce gales, accompanied by driving rain and sleet, culminated in a slight fall of snow on Sunday. It was intensely cold, with hard frost and showers of hail. A northerly wind and a hard-looking sky signalled that winter had set in in earnest.

POPPY DAY. – The following boys and girls of Sourin School collected the sum of £1 10s 6d under the organisation of their teacher, Miss Mary Rendall, namely: Jeannie Donaldson and Isabella Lyon; Chrissie Russell and Kathleen Munro; George Craigie and Leonard Irvine; John Grieve and John Seatter, and William Mainland and Archer Clouston.

CHURCH UNION. – A united meeting of the Rousay churches was held in Rousay West Church on Armistice Sunday, 9th November. In spite of the stormy weather a good attendance gathered from all parts of the island, and the collection for the Earl Haig Fund was larger than any taken for that scheme in previous years. The Rev. D. S. Brown, M.A., minister of Sourin and Trumland, and interim moderator of Rousay West Church, conducted the service, and the praise was efficiently led by a choir from all three churches, with Mr Hugh Gibson as conductor. The title of address was the statement of the Duke of Wellington that “Providence decides all battles,” and the text was Psalm xvii. 8-9, “Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath wrought in the earth; he maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth.”…..

1930 November 26 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – NATIONAL BIBLE SOCIETY. – The hon. treasurer begs to acknowledge the receipt of the sum of £4 7s 3d, being the amount collected in the island of Rousay on behalf of the above Society, and to thank Mr James Gibson and the following collectors, viz.: – Misses T. S. Mathieson, Sinclair, and Rendall for their kind services.

POPPY DAY. – The selling of Flanders poppies in aid of Earl Haig’s Fund met with a good response in Frotoft and Brinian on Saturday, 8th November, a total of £1 16s being collected by Lily Sinclair, Molly Gorn, Maisie Mainland and Evelyn Pirie.

WEATHER. – Winter has again slackened its grip, and it looks as if November were endeavouring to make a good ending [writes an eloquent Evie correspondent]. The sprinkling of snow was like the snowfall in the river – “a moment white, then lost forever.” Few were sorry to see it disappear so quickly, though previous to its advent there was much grousing because of the incessant wind and rain, and fervent supplication that snow might hold sway for at least a time. Perhaps, however, the slight fall of snow proved a good seasoning, and weather conditions have been thereby improved. Sunday was a delightful November day – calm and bright, with beautiful sky colourings which were reflected in an unruffled sea and on the sodden fields. The effect was stimulating to the spirits after many wet and dreary days, and there was an invitation to walk abroad in the short afternoon to enjoy the silent beauty of the waning year. The evening remained fine, with a “beautiful night of stars,” and the North, lit up by Aurora, vied with the East, now dazzlingly bright with stars of the first magnitude.

1930 December 3 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – PRESENTATION. – On the evening of Friday, November 28th, Miss Jessie Reid, Wasdale, was made the recipient of a handsome crocodile handbag on the occasion of her leaving the island. A deputation – Messrs A. C. Gibson, Bigland; H. Mainland, Hurtiso; and J. W. Grieve, Whitehall – waited on Miss Reid, and in making the presentation Mr Gibson, president of the Agricultural Society, said: – “Miss Reid, we are a deputation appointed by the Agricultural Society to call on you tonight to make a small acknowledgement of the many times you have favoured our society. You have been a successful exhibitor at our cattle shows, and at the ploughing match your representative has more than once carried all before him. But the Agricultural Society has other functions that can only be well performed by the ladies. On these occasions we always relied on you, and were never disappointed. Not only that, but as a neighbour your sterling character and kindly manner have endeared you to a large circle of friends. We all regret your leaving the island, and our best wishes go with you for your future welfare in your new home. I have now great pleasure in asking you to accept this small token of our esteem and goodwill, with our grateful thanks for all you have done.” Miss Reid thanked the deputation, and said that the gift was altogether unexpected and unmerited by her. Any little thing she done had been a pleasure to herself and recompense was never once thought of. Whilst leaving Rousay she would always cherish the fondest memory of the island and all her friends with whom she had spent many happy hours. The deputation was then entertained to tea, and a very pleasant evening was spent.

[Jessie Reid, born in April 1871, was the daughter of William Reid, Wasdale, and Catherine Baikie, Stromness. William, a joiner, passed away in 1915, and Catherine was in her 90th year when she died in 1925]

ROYAL BLIND ASYLUM. – The annual collection for the Royal Blind Asylum, which recently took place in Rousay, Egilshay and Veira, realised £7 15s 6d, made up as follows: – Frotoft and Trumland districts, £2 10s; Sourin, £1 12s; Wasbister, £1; Veira, £1 1s 6d; Egilshay, £1 12s. The collection was organised by the teachers, Miss Sinclair, Frotoft; Miss Rendall, Sourin; Miss Mathieson, Wasbister; Miss Longbotham, Veira, and Miss Rosie, Egilshay, and the directors of the Blind Asylum, in acknowledging the money received, desire to express to the teachers, scholars and contributors their most grateful and sincere thanks.

1930 December 10 Orkney Herald

SOCIETY OF ANTIQUARIES – DONATIONS FROM ORKNEY. – At the annual general meeting of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, held in Edinburgh last week, Professor V. Gordon Childe was elected a Councillor, and Messrs Walter G. Grant of Trumland, and Henry H. W. Scarth of Breckness, were elected Fellows. It was reported that the number of objects received into the Museum by donations during the year was 729, and that 159 had been purchased. The former include a collection of flint and stone implements from Bookan, Orkney, [NW of the Ring of Brodgar], presented by Mr Peter Irvine; a stone axe from Rousay, a stone hammer from Egilshay, and a collection of Neolithic pottery from Taversoe Tuick, Rousay, presented by Mr Walter G. Grant of Trumland. Among the purchases is a carved stone ball of oval shape from the site of a broch at St Thomas’s Kirk, Orkney, this being the only specimen of oval form recorded.

1930 December 24 Orkney Herald

EYNHALLOW RABBITS AT A PREMIUM. – As the scare caused by the alleged appearance of and the discussions on that hideous ogre called rabbit-rat has proved disastrous to the sale of rabbits generally, it might be well to make known that Eynhallow rabbits are immune from contamination, never having had contact with such filthy beasts as rats. There never have been rats in Eynhallow in the time of man, and the bunny of the “Holy Isle” remains, as it should be, pure and undefiled. This fact being known, it is expected there will be an enormous demand and a ready sale for these pure-breds, while high prices should rule.