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1935 January 16 Orkney Herald

EVIE – WEATHER. – Winter’s first snowfall was experienced last Saturday afternoon, when a heavy shower of snow fell covering hill and plain with a good coating. A keen frost set in immediately, and at night the roads had become very slippery. The earth in its mantle of white looked very beautiful under a bright moon and glistening stars, and the change from continuous rain and drab colouring was rather welcome. On Sunday morning there were indications of a change again, and gradually the hard conditions gave way, most of the snow having thawed ere the night passed. Mixed weather has been the rule since this moon came – a Saturday’s moon – which has usually been associated with unsettled weather conditions. Always Saturday changes have been unpopular with those who believe its lunar influence, and two well-known sayings are “A Saturday’s fu’, the storm will brew; and “A Saturday’s quarter, be it afore or after, is often a tartar.”

1935 January 30 Orkney Herald

STORMS ISOLATE ORKNEY TWICE IN A WEEK. – Orkney was twice isolated from the Scottish mainland last week, when the worst gales of the winter so far were recorded.

The entire gamut of winter conditions – snow, sleet, hail, and rain – was experienced during the week, and considerable minor damage to haystacks, fences, and chimney pots is reported from the country districts. In Kirkwall several persons narrowly escaped injury from falling slates.

There have been no cases of vessels in distress around the Orkneys. Trawlers dashed for shelter to Kirkwall, Scapa, Stromness, and the bays in the vicinity, some of them having valuable gear swept away en route. Over seventy trawlers were sheltering off the mainland during the weekend, but no accidents are reported from them…..

On Tuesday the St Ola was unable to make the crossing, and as the Highland Airways mail ‘plane also found the conditions unfavourable, the county was completely cut off for the first time this year. On Wednesday the St Ola succeeded in beating the gale, although she received a severe buffeting in the Pentland Firth. The ‘plane was still held up however.

Heavy snow fell on Friday, and both the ‘plane and steamer services were again interrupted. The ‘plane, it was reported, actually reached Scapa Flow, but was unable, owing to bad visibility, to proceed further. The St Ola was baffled by the continuance of the storm on Saturday, but the ‘plane arrived at 1 p.m., after a long fight with the gale.

On Sunday weather moderated, and the mailboat made an excellent crossing of the Firth, bringing the belated parcels and newspapers at her usual time in the afternoon.

1935 February 6 Orkney Herald

EVIE – TEMPESTUOUS WEATHER. – Very rough weather has been again experienced during the past week, a foul mixture of rain, hail, sleet, and snow occurring daily with gales of varying velocity and temperatures as variable. Tremendous seas have thundered in from the west, rising in white mountains in the narrow channel between Eynhallow and Rousay, and then breaking into columns of spray with a play fascinating to witness. The Holy Isle, lying serene, has been encircled by a white border of surf, the surging billows challenging approach to its shores. Boating has been difficult and dangerous, and the crossings to Rousay and to Eynhallow have been watched with excitement and anxiety, the great waves at times almost burying the small craft. No serious damage has been done by land or sea, though the countryside swept by the cold winds, and deluged with wet, is looking worn, the verdure very much bleached and the soil sodden.

1935 March 13 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – BALFOUR HOSPITAL. – The treasurer to the Balfour Hospital Trustees has gratefully acknowledged the sum of £5 from Robert Inkster, Cogar, Rousay, being the proceeds of a concert by the Wasbister Concert Party.

[That concert took place almost five months previously! The above is the sole communication from Rousay since early December last year. Every other Orkney island and mainland parish have weekly columns, full of items of interest. Again, absolutely nothing from Rousay, and for the second year in succession no report on the island’s annual ploughing match!]

1935 March 20 Orkney Herald



Chronic rheumatism afflicted the inhabitants of Orkney in the Neolithic period during their later years. This was revealed in a description of these prehistoric Orcadians, based on a number of skeletons found in Rousay, given at the monthly meeting of the Society of Antiquarians of Scotland in Edinburgh last week.

Dr J. Graham Callander, F.S.A.Scot., and Mr Walter G. Grant, F.S.A.Scot., described a long chambered cairn, the Knowe of Yarso, belonging to the Neolithic period, on the island of Rousay. The cairn, which was built near the edge a shelf on the steep hillside running up from Eynhallow Sound, measures 50 feet in length and 25 feet 6 inches in greatest breadth. It now measures 6 feet in height. Much of the superstructure has been removed to supply building stone in late times. The burial chamber was divided into three stall-like compartments separated by vertical slabs set up opposite each other on both sides. lts length was 24 feet 1 inch, and its average breadth about 5 feet 9 inches. Access, was obtained by an entrance passage 13 feet 2 inches long and about 2 feet broad. The outer wall of the cairn was built in a peculiar fashion. The foundation course was formed of flat slabs projecting 3 inches beyond the face of the wall, which was not built in the ordinary way, but by placing the stones of which it was composed obliquely, their outer edges sloping downwards from left to right.

The remains of 29 human skeletons were found in the cairn, but, before being deposited it appeared that the bodies had been dismembered as most of the skulls were found ranged along the foot of the stalls of the two inner chambers. Possibly the bodies had been allowed to decay before the bones were collected and finally buried in the cairn. Many flint implements including arrowheads and scrapers, and many animal bones were found in the layer containing the human remains. Small fragments of a food-vessel urn of the Bronze Age, and of two other vessels were recovered from the top of this layer. Probably they had been deposited there at a date subsequent to the Stone Age burials.

Mr Grant, it was reported, has presented the artefacts to the National Museum of Antiquities, and the human remains to the Anatomical Department, Aberdeen University.

People of Low Stature. – Professor Low, of Aberdeen University, described the human skeletal remains. There was evidence of 29 individuals, all adults except for one adolescent about 13 years of age. On account of the fragmentary nature of the remains it was difficult to sex the bones.

Five skulls except for absence of lower jaws were sufficiently intact to allow of measurements, four of men and one of a woman; one of the male skulls was in exceptionally good preservation. Four of these skulls had the characteristics of Neolithic skulls found elsewhere in Britain, they were oval-headed dolichocephalics with a cranial capacity almost the same of the modern European (brow ridges of no great prominence; forehead somewhat receding; back of head bulging and face somewhat projecting with narrow nose.)

The fifth skull shows remarkable features; it is that of a young man, probably in the twenties, with incomplete dentition the wisdom teeth not erupted, and this is associated with complete closure of all the cranial sutures. The result is a very much elongated oblong skull showing marked asymmetry of the vault and base.

They were a people of low stature, 5 feet 3 inches, and of moderate muscular development. There was no evidence of caries of the teeth, but in older individuals many of the vertebrae and some of the other bones showed the effect of chronic rheumatism.

Professor Low emphasised the paucity in Scotland – and the great scientific value – of such Neolithic remains.

1935 April 3 Orkney Herald



In Orkney, as in most of the country, March, after coming in like the proverbial lamb, went out like the proverbial lion. One of the fiercest gales of the winter swept the county during the week-end, and considerable minor damage was done.

The mail steamer St Ola was unable to make her usual crossing of the Pentland Firth on Monday morning owing to the huge seas running, but Highland Airways’ plane was able to fly from Inverness with the lighter mails.

The Evie-Rousay mail-carrying motor boat White Rose, owned by Thomas Sinclair & Son, dragged her anchor during the Sunday night gale, and sank near the small pier of Hullion, Rousay. She was found on Monday morning, and has now been brought ashore. We are informed that the boat is holed, but not badly.

1935 April 10 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY MAIL BOAT AT STROMNESS. – A motorboat, belonging to Messrs T. Sinclair & Son, Banks, Frotoft, Rousay, who carry mails, passengers and cargo between Rousay and Evie, is now at Stromness, where she is being fitted with a new 14 h.p. Kelvin petrol engine by Messrs Yorston and Mowat. The boat is some twenty-three feet in length, and when she returns to her regular work should prove to be a very sea-worthy craft. lt is of interest to note that another motor-boat, belonging to the same owners, and reported damaged in last week’s gale, was at one time owned in Stromness by Mr John S. Bain, of the Masons Arms Hotel.

1935 April 24 Orkney Herald

ORKNEY HILLS TO BLAZE ON JUBILEE NIGHT. – Orkney is out to celebrate the King’s Silver Jubilee on a grand scale, and elaborate preparations are under way for making it an occasion to be long remembered.

Practically every district will have its own form of celebrations in addition to what is being done by the County Council. The most spectacular of all the celebrations will be the beacons.

On the night of May the 6th, giant beacons will leap into flame on each of Orkney’s principal hills, on the Ward Hill of Hoy, on Kirkwall’s Wideford Hill, in Westray, in Rousay, in Orphir and other parishes. It will be possible for those who climb those hills to see all Orkney’s beacon’s ablaze – a scene reminiscent of the days when bonfires were lit as a warning against the Viking sea-raiders.

At the same time, throughout the length and breadth of the kingdom, other bonfires will be blazing. Great Britain, from the north of Shetland to Land’s End will be a chain of beacons. To those fortunate enough to enjoy a view from an aeroplane the spectacle will be one of unparalleled magnificence.

Kirkwall and Stromness have planned spectacular “stunts” on their own account, and if all goes well May 6th will be a red-letter day in both burghs…..

STROMNESS – MOTOR-BOAT LAUNCHED. – A motor-boat, used on the Rousay-Evie mail service, was successfully launched from Messrs Yorston and Mowat’s workshop on Tuesday, where she had been fitted with a new 14 h.p. Kelvin petrol engine. After a few satisfactory test runs in Stromness Harbour, she made a successful passage to Evie on Thursday.

1935 May 1 Orkney Herald

EVIE – VISITORS AT EYNHALLOW. – Mr Duncan J. Robertson and a family party spent the week-end at their bungalow on Eynhallow. The weather was fine, contributing to their enjoyment.

UNUSUAL SPECTACLE. – A celestial phenomenon consisting of three sun dogs, one on either side of and one above the sun, was observed here last Wednesday morning shortly after sunrise. The “dogs,” which were very brilliant, seemed to figure in a “brough” round the sun. Apprehension of a serious disturbance in the elements was anticipated, this appearance being regarded as an evil portent. The best of weather, however, ensued.

1935 May 8 Orkney Herald


With bonfires, pageants, loyal demonstrations, and a multitude of varying ceremonies, Orkney on Monday celebrated the Silver Jubilee of the reign of Their Majesties King George the Fifth and Queen Mary – the most eventful reign in history.

Glorious weather favoured the great day, and the celebrations were carried out throughout the county, and particularly in the burghs, against a background of magnificent colour – flags of the Empire, bunting, streamers, ribbons of red, white, and blue, silver shields and crowns helped to provide entrancing decorative schemes in the towns and villages of Orkney, and in the rural areas too. In the farmhouses and crofts the people did their share in making memorable the Silver Jubilee of the nation’s gracious rulers.

At night there was witnessed a scene not often observed in a lifetime, when, on the peaks of Orkney’s biggest hills, giant beacons burst into flames, lighting up the sky like mighty torches…..

[In this, and the edition of May 15th, every inhabited Orkney island and mainland parish had reports spread throughout the columns of the Orkney Herald relating to the Jubilee celebrations, especially those who lit their lofty beacons…..except ROUSAY. Even a scribe from Egilsay submitted a report for publication concerning his island’s activities that day, and it was one of many under the headline – HOW THE PARISHES & ISLANDS CELEBRATED THE JUBILEE. This is what he had to say…..]

EGILSHAY – ISLAND’S PART IN THE EMPIRE’S REJOICINGS. – Through the kindness of Alfred Baikie, Esq., landlord of the island, the inhabitants of Egilshay were enabled to celebrate the King’s Silver Jubilee in grand style.

During the early afternoon, combustible material for the bonfire was conveyed to the site above Warset, and it was soon evident that the islanders meant to make the event an unforgettable one.

The evening’s rejoicings commenced in the schoolroom at 7 p.m. Mr Thomas Hynd, missionary, in a very pleasing and efficient manner, presided over the large gathering and enlivened the entire proceedings with his bright and cheerful remarks.

After the singing of the National Anthem, prayer was offered by the chairman. An enjoyable tea was then served, catering being in the hands of the ladies of the committee. Mr [Hugh] Robertson, the factor, and also oldest inhabitant, was called upon by Mr Hynd to present to the children and old folks souvenirs in the way of balls, jugs, pencil cases and boxes of tea.

Mr Hynd, who is the possessor of a very beautiful and powerful voice, led off with a song, and Miss Alice Mainland followed with “Song of Orkney.” Both singers responded to the clamorous applause by singing a duet, which was very much appreciated, and doubly so because of their playing so well their own accompaniments.

The children were not forgotten, and merry were the games they participated in. An old favourite song was splendidly rendered by the following gentlemen: – Messrs William Mainland, Alex. Alexander, and James Seatter, jr. Votes of thanks were then called for, and cordially given to all who had contributed to the success of the evening.

The company next trekked to the bonfire. The three oldest schoolboys, James Seator, James Mainland and James Alexander, under the supervision of the men folk, ignited the huge pile. From our vantage ground, numerous beacons were seen on all sides.

The fire having burnt itself out the festivities were reluctantly brought to an end by the singing of “Auld Lang Syne.” All dispersed, feeling satisfied that, though in a remote part, we had shared in the Empire’s rejoicings.

1935 June 5 Orkney Herald

EVIE – ON HOLIDAY. – Mr Duncan J. Robertson, proprietor of Eynhallow, is now on his annual holiday in the isIe. During his residence there many visitors cross to spend a day on the island, and there is a lively traffic of boats in the Sound. We hope the weather will continue fine for Mr Robertson’s benefit, and that he will enjoy his rest in the quiet retreat of this bird sanctuary.

1935 June 18 Orkney Herald

NORTH ISLES AIR SERVICE. – Highland Airways, Ltd., have reintroduced their summer air service to the North Isles. On Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays the plane leaves Kirkwall at 5 p.m. and, making a complete round of the islands, Westray (on demand only), North Ronaldshay (on demand only), Stronsay and Sanday, arrives back at Kirkwall at 6.30. On Mondays only the plane also makes a round of the islands in the morning, leaving Kirkwall at 7.30 a.m. and arriving back at Kirkwall at 9 a.m. The company also operates a service to Rousay on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday evenings and on Monday mornings. Fares range from Kirkwall-Rousay, 7/6 (return, 11/6); to Kirkwall-North Ronaldshay, 18/- (return. 30/-). Pending certain developments the North Isles service will be undertaken by the Aberdeen plane.

1935 July 10 Orkney Herald

EVIE – MR ROBERTSON LEAVES EYNHALLOW. – Mr D. J. Robertson and family have completed their annual six weeks’ stay in Eynhallow and returned last Monday.

1935 July 17 Orkney Herald

EVIE – DISTINGUISHED WRITER VISITS EVIE. – Last Friday Evie was honoured with a visit by H. V. Morton, author of “In Search of Scotland,” etc. Mr Morton and party visited the Brough of Aikerness, and then proceeded to Eynhallow and Rousay.

[Henry Vollam Morton was one of the most popular travel writers of his time. He was born in Lancashire in 1892 and after brief military service during the First World War, he established a career as a journalist, first in Birmingham then in Fleet Street. Morton was a prolific writer, with a body of work consisting of several hundred newspaper, magazine articles and features, in addition to his 49 published books.]

1935 July 24 Orkney Herald

EVENING CRUISE TO ROUSAY. – Though somewhat in the nature of an experiment, last Wednesday’s evening cruise to Rousay, organised by Kirkwall and District Small-Bore Rifle Club, was entirely successful. The steamer Earl Sigurd landed a full complement from Kirkwall and Shapinsay at Trumland pier. The Kirkwall contingent included Kirkwall Town Band and people from several Orkney mainland districts, as well as visitors from the South. Mr Walter G. Grant, Trumland House, kindly opened his lovely grounds to the visitors. He also provided land at Trumland Farm for a shooting demonstration by an Orkney and Zetland Small-bore Rifle Association party of ten rifles, and more than twenty other tutoring marksmen, from clubs in Kirkwall, Evie, Holm and Shapinsay. In three hours 117 pupils were handled, all Rousay residents or Rousay visitors, and prizes, the gifts of Messrs R. Garden, Ltd., and Mr D. H. Gorn, tailor, Kirkwall, were presented to – Miss Alice Logie, Mr John Gorn, and Mr Malcolm Hourie, who had been most successful among the competing pupils. Messrs R. S. Spence, Kirkwall, and D. J. Inkster, Rousay and Kirkwall, were the gun licence holders in charge of the shooting. Mr John D. Gorie, Kirkwall, a vice-president of the O. and Z. Association, in a speech at the pier, called for thanks and cheers to Mr and Mrs Grant, and these were heartily accorded. The steamer departed for Shapinsay and Kirkwall just after 10.30 p.m.

1935 July 31 Orkney Herald



The annual regatta of Rousay Sailing Club took place in Viera Sound on Friday (Kirkwall Holiday) under ideal sailing conditions. After a somewhat dull and cloudy morning, with occasional showers, the sky cleared and the sun broke through long ere the racing commenced. A full sail westerly breeze blew down the Sound during the first four races, viz., 22ft, 17ft , 14ft. classes, and all-comers, but veered round to the south before the race for local boats had commenced.

Boats from Kirkwall, Evie, Eday, Rousay, and Wyre took part in the regatta, whilst there was also a large turn-out of motor boats, the majority of which came from Kirkwall. s.s Earl Sigurd arrived shortly after 10 a.m. and disembarked a number of passengers from Kirkwall before proceeding to Papa Westray and Westray, amongst whom were the members of Kirkwall City Pipe Band, who played selections at the Pier Head before the commencement of the regatta and at various intervals throughout the day, which greatly helped to enliven the proceedings.

The sailing course was a triangular one, the first leg being a run to a mark boat off the Point of Avelshay, the second a reach to a mark boat off the Point of Wyre, and the third a dead beat to weather to the starting line, which was marked by a buoy anchored off Rousay Pier. The length of the course was approximately three miles, making a distance of six miles for the 22ft. and 17ft. class boats, which went twice round the course, the other races, for the 14ft., all-comers, and local boats, being once round only.

The officials in charge of the races were: – Starter, Mr J. Craigie, Pier Cottage; timekeeper, Mr J. Gibson; and acting secretary, Mr R. Johnston, Trumland Farm, all of whom carried out their duties in a very satisfactory manner.

22 Feet Class Race. (Twice Round Sailing Course). – The first race was that for the 22ft. waterline class boats, and the signal gun was fired at 11.25 a.m. sharp, when four boats jockeyed for positions, the starting gun being fired at 11.30. The competing boats were: – Sea Imp (W. Sinclair, A. Finlayson, skipper), Venus (W. Schollay), Mizpah (W. Grieve), all Kirkwall boats, and the Snowdrop (C. Logie, Rousay). Venus was first to cross the line, followed by Snowdrop, Mizpah, and Sea Imp. With spinnakers set the boats presented a fine spectacle as they went down the Sound before the wind. Speculation on the pier was rife as to which was to be the first boat round the mark boat. Venus was first round, and still held her lead at the second mark. On the beat to weather a great race ensued, but Venus, which was sailing remarkably well, weathered the mark buoy of the pier, to set out on the second round, fully 30 seconds ahead of her rivals, a matter of 15 seconds separating each of the other boats as they rounded the buoy, with Mizpah second, followed by Sea Imp, and Snowdrop. The second round was practically a repetition of the first, with the exception that Sea Imp, which had put up a larger jib on the second run, by splendid handling gradually worked her way to the front; but the issue still lay in doubt between Venus and Sea Imp almost up to the finishing line. Sea Imp, however, appeared to be lying a better wind than did Venus close on the finish, and eventually crossed the line 18 seconds ahead of Venus, to win a fine sailed race and the cup. The following are the corrected times (Sea Imp and Venus being scratch boats): – 1 and cup, Sea Imp, 1h 1m 25s. 2, Venus, 1h 1m 43s. 3. Mizpah, 1h 1m 59s. Snowdrop, 1h 3m 7s.

17 Feet Class Race. (Twice Round Sailing Course). Four boats entered for the 17ft. class race, which was started at 11.45 a.m., the boats being as follows: – Thora (W. Miller, Evie), Olive (J. Wylie, Rousay), Ishbel (H. Mowat, Kirkwall, J. Walls, skipper), and Foam (A. Gray, Eday). On the starting gun being fired Ishbel was first away, followed by Thora, Foam, and Olive. Ishbel gradually drew ahead of the other boats, and finished the first round three minutes ahead of Foam, which was also well ahead of Thora and Olive. Ishbel finally ran out an easy winner by a margin of almost five minutes, with Foam an easy second by over 8 minutes. This race, from a spectator’s point of view, was uninteresting, as Ishbel held so big a lead that the result was a foregone conclusion, the same applying to Foam with regard to second place, the only close finish being that between the last two boats for third place, which Thora won by 14 seconds. The following are the corrected times: – 1 and cup, Ishbel, 58m 57s. Foam, 1h 3m 10s. 3 Thora, 1h 11m 38s. Olive, 1h 11m 52s.

14 Feet Class Race. (Once Round Railing Course). This class was composed of nine boats, and was started at 12 noon, the boats going once round the course. The boats were as follows: – Lottie (C. Craigie, Wyre), Gem (G. Sinclair, Evie). Mary Annie (S. Mainland. Evie), White Heather (A. Anderson, Evie), Chrissolite (J. Wylie), Lark (A. Grieve), Daisy (G. Sutherland), Ivy (G. Harrold), all of Rousay, and Vala (D. M. Cooper, Kirkwall, P. Finlayson, skipper). Mary Annie was first across the line, followed by Lottie and White Heather, there being little or no difference between the others, with the exception that Vala, which made a bad start, and was well behind. This race was difficult to follow, as the 22ft. class boats were just finishing their first round of the course shortly after the start of the 14ft. class race, and, overtaking the smaller boats, the two classes got mixed up, making the boats bad to distinguish. Vala, notwithstanding her bad start, and the fact that she was one of the scratch boats, soon overhauled her rivals, and went into the lead, eventually crossing the winning line 4 minutes 49 seconds ahead of Mary Annie, which was second. The corrected times were as follows: – 1 and cup, Vala 34m 51s. 2, Mary Annie 39m 40s. 3, Ivy 41m 43½s. Lottie 41m 45s. Daisy 42m 47s. Gem 43m 11s. White Heather 43m 48s. Chrissolite 45m 12½s. Lark 46m 22½s.

All-Comers Race. (Once Round Sailing Course.) The all-comers’ race was started at 2.30 p.m., when 14 boats competed. viz.: – Sea Imp, Mizpah, Venus, Snowdrop, Thora, Olive, Ishbel, Foam, Lottie, Gem, Mary Annie, White Heather, Daisy, and Vala. White Heather was first to cross the line, closely followed by Ishbel, Snowdrop, and Mary Annie, who held the first four places, the others following in their wake. When the first buoy was reached, Snowdrop was seen to be in the lead, followed by Venus, Mizpah, Sea Imp, Ishbel, and Vala. On the reach to Wyre, Sea Imp worked into third place by overhauling Mizpah, the other positions remaining unaltered. The last leg of the course, a dead beat to weather against a flood tide, which had been in the boats’ favour in the previous races when beating to weather, proved the most interesting of the day. A great struggle between Snowdrop, Venus, Sea Imp, and Mizpah ensued from the Wyre buoy almost up to the pier, with the issue lying in doubt practically up to the finishing line, when it was seen that the Sea Imp had taken the lead from Snowdrop and Venus, to cross the line with a good lead on Venus, which was a second over, followed by Snowdrop, lshbel and Mizpah. Vala, a 14 ft. class boat, was the next to cross the line, finishing the course well ahead of the other three 17ft. class boats participating in the race, irrespective of time allowance. In this race prizes were awarded for the first three boats in the big class (22ft. and 17ft.) and also for the first three boats in the small class (14ft. and under). The winners and corrected times were as follows: – Big Class. 1 and cup, Sea Imp (22ft. Class) 33m 57s. 2 Ishbel (17ft. class) 35m 3½s. 3 Snowdrop (22ft. class) 35m 11s. 4 Venus (22ft class) 35m 25s. Small Class. 1 Vala 35m 31½s. 2 Mary Annie 50m 26½s. 3 Gem 57m 40½s.

Local Boats’ Race. (Once Round Sailing Course.) The race for local boats was sailed off at 4 p.m., when five boats entered, viz.: – Olive, Daisy, Ivy, Lottie, and Snowdrop. The wind by this time had veered round to the south, which made a reach to the first buoy, a turn to the second, and a reach home. The other boats got a start of 20 minutes on Snowdrop, last year’s winner of this race, which proved much too great for the larger class boat, and she was hopelessly out of the race at the finish. The boats finished in the following order after times were corrected: – Over 14 Feet. 1 Olive (J. Wylie) 34m 33s. Under 14 Feet. 1 Ivy (G. Harrold) 33m 38½s. 2. Daisy (G. Sutherland) 34m 11s. 3. Lottie (C. Craigie) 38m 2s.

Motor Boat Race. The sailing races being completed, next came the motor boat race, which was a run out at dead slow speed until a signal was given for their return, when they had to come back at full speed. There were only four competitors, and the results were as follows: – 1 and cup, Jean (J. Corse, Kirkwall). 2 Bella (T. Sinclair, Rousay). 3 Eva (J. Wylie, Rousay). 4. Aster (S. Bews, Kirkwall).

Rowing Races. The usual rowing and sculling races followed which were completed about 5.45 p.m. the winners being as follows: – Boys’ Rowing Race. 1. J. Grieve and T. Hutchison, Kirkwall. 2 Dan and Fred Grieve, Kirkwall. 3. T. Wilson and J. Johnston, Kirkwall. Ladies’ Rowing Race. 1 The Misses Sinclair, Banks, Rousay. 2 Misses Sinclair and Mainland, Rousay. 3. Misses H. Johnston and M. Johnston, Kirkwall. Men’s Rowing Race (Pairs). 1 C. Craigie and J. Johnston, Wyre. 2 J. and J. Wylie, Rousay. 3 J. Laird and J. Walls, Kirkwall. Men’s Rowing Race (Single). 1 C. Craigie, Wyre. 2 J. Wylie, Rousay. 3. T. Sinclair, Rousay. Men’s Sculling Race. 1 C. Logie, Rousay. 2 J. Marwick, Rousay.

Presentation of Prizes. The prizes were presented at 6 p.m. by Mrs Walter G. Grant of Westness, who was accorded a very hearty vote of thanks on the call of Mr J. Gibson. The usual votes of thanks were accorded to those who took part in the regatta, to those who contributed to the prize fund, and to any who in any way helped to make the regatta a success.

The Rousay Club entertained the crews of the boats taking part in the regatta to tea in the store at the head of the pier during the day. This was very ably catered for by a committee of ladies.

Visitors and spectators were also catered for in these tea rooms, where an excellent tea could be had at a very moderate charge. The ladies who form this committee from year to year are to be heartily congratulated on the manner in which they attend to the needs of boats’ crews, visitors, etc.

1935 August 14 Orkney Herald



Rousay flower show goes from strength to strength. At this year’s show, held last Tuesday in the Recreation Hall, Sourin, entries showed an increase on last year, and the show was voted the best in recent years. Among the visitors to the hall were Sir Robert and Lady Hamilton.

The judges were: – Flowers, vegetables, etc. – Mr J. W. Scott, Finstown; dairy produce – Miss H. S. M. Boyd, N.D.D., C.D.P.; baking – Mr W. T. Moncrieff, Kirkwall; handiwork – Miss R. A. Leith, Kirkwall.

Arrangements for the show were carried out by Mr John Linklater, Blossom, who carries out the duties of secretary for both horticultural and agricultural shows. In connection with the horticultural show, he had the assistance of Mrs Mark Kirkness, Quoyostray; Misses Mary Mainland, Westness; and Molly Mainland, Hurtiso; Messrs J. W. Grieve, Whitehall, and James M. Craigie, Pier Cottage. Throughout the day teas were made and served by the following ladies: – Mrs H. I. Gibson, Mrs Ronald Shearer, Mrs Mainland, Nearhouse; Mrs Dunn, Glasgow; Miss Clara Craigie and Miss A. M. Robertson.

Mr Scott found the flowers not up to the standard of previous years, but this he ascribed to the lateness of the season. Outstanding among the flowers were stocks and antirrhinums. Mr Scott suggested that the number of cut flowers per exhibit should be fixed, instead of one person exhibiting six blooms and another a dozen. The vegetables were the best he had ever judged in Rousay. Carrots, onions and potatoes were outstanding. He had judged in Rousay for four years in succession, and saw an immense improvement in that time.

Competition Keen in Dairy Section. – Competition in the dairy produce section was keen, and the exhibits, said Miss Boyd, were of a high standard. The cheeses were very uniform and of a high quality. Butter entries were not of same high uniform standard as the cheeses, but individual entries were excellent. Table butter entries were practical and at the same time artistic. The number of entries of eggs, Orkney’s premier product, was disappointing. The prize-winners were of good show standard – uniformity of size and shape and shell texture being very good, and cleanliness very prominent. The unplaced entries lowered the general standard of the egg section by their lack of uniformity, and they were not displayed in marketable condition. This was indicative of the condition in which a minority of eggs were marketed, which, unfortunately gave a lower tone to home products. There were only two entries in the dressed poultry section. Trussing was very good, though the material chosen might have been improved upon. In preserves, quality was only fair, with one or two exceptions. Taste in display was evident in all sections.

Entries in the baking section, said Mr Moncrieff, were more than last year, and the exhibits were much better. Especially was this so in the case of jam sandwiches. There were many entries in flour bannocks and drop scones, and the quality generally was the best he had ever judged in Rousay.

Miss Leith, too, was of the opinion that both quantity and quality in her section were better that last year. This year’s show was splendid…..

[A very (very) long list of prizewinners followed the report!]



There was improvement in both number and quality of entries at the Rousay Cattle Show held on the farm of Banks, Sourin, on Tuesday of last week. The judges were Messrs William Shearer, Midhouse, Holm, and David Scott, Mirkady, Deerness, both of whom gave much satisfaction as judges in Rousay last year. Show arrangements were, as usual, under the efficient supervision of Mr John Linklater, Blossom.

The cattle, said the judges, were of very good quality for an island such as Rousay. They were not shown in the same bloom as last year, however. Polled cows and two-year-old heifers were particularly strong classes, and gave the judges some difficulty in placing. The champion of the cattle sections was a big, sappy Shorthorn cow of good type, though beginning to show age a little. The reserve was a fine, level two-year-old stot, grand in his quarters, but needing size. He was not shown in the same bloom as the champion. This animal also won the cup for the best butcher’s beast.

Horses in Better Bloom. – Contrary to the cattle, the horses, the judges considered, were shown in better bloom than last year. Competition in several classes was very keen, especially in foals, which were a grand class. Last year’s champion in the horse sections, a draught gelding from Falquoy, repeated his success this year, and showed considerable improvement since then. If anything he lacked size, but was a finely made horse, with good bone and foot and showing plenty of breed. The reserve champion was a three-year-old filly of good size with a good foot. She was rather weak in front action, but was especially good behind. This filly was also female champion, the reserve in this case being a fine two-year-old filly, possibly rather lacking in size. The cup for the best gelding was won by the supreme champion. The reserve for this cup gives promise of development into a good draught horse.

PRIZE LIST. CATTLE. – Calves calved on or after 1st Oct., 1934 – 1 and 2 Robert Seatter, Banks; 3 and 4 Hugh Craigie, Scockness. Calves calved on or after 1st March, 1934 – 1, 2 and 3 Hugh Mainland, Hurtiso; 4 Hugh Craigie. Polled Cows – 1 D. Moar, Saviskaill; 2 Wm. Corsie, Glebe; 3 Hugh Mainland, 4 James Craigie, Falquoy; 5 S. Inkster, Wasdale; 6 J. Linklater, Blossom. Shorthorn Cows – 1 D. Moar, 2 Jas. Craigie, 3 John Harcus, Clumpy; 4 and 5 H. Mainland. Three-year-old Polled Cows – 1 W. Corsie, 2 H. Mainland, 3 Alan Gibson, Bigland. Two-year-old Polled Queys – 1, 4 and 5 H. Craigie, Scockness; 2 H. Mainland, 3 A. H. Gibson, 6 W. Corsie. Two-year-old Polled Steers – 1 H. Mainland. 2 D. Moar. One-year-old Polled Queys, 1st October – 1 H. Mainland, 2 S. Inkster, 3 D. Moar, 4 and 5 R. Seatter, 6 H. Craigie. One-year-old Polled Steers, 1st October – 1 and 2 H. Mainland, 3 and 4 H. Craigie. One-year-old Shorthorn Steers – 1 D. Moar. One-year-old Polled Queys, 1st March -1 H. Craigie. One-year-old Polled Steers – 1 R. Seatter, 2 H. Mainland, 3 H. Craigie, 4 and 5 D. Moar.

HORSES. – Draught Geldings – 1 Jas Craigie, 2 R. Seater. Yeld Mares – 1 Jas. Johnston, 2 R. Seatter, 3 H. Craigie, 4 John Leonard, Quoys. Mares with Foal at Foot – 1 Geo. Reid, 2 Mainland Bros, 3 James Johnston. Foals – 1 George Reid, 2 H. Mainland, 3 Jas. Johnston, 4 and 5 Mainland Bros. Three-year-old Geldings – 1 Jas. Craigie. Three-year-old Fillies – 1 Jas. Johnston, 2 Jas. Russell, Brendale; 3 Jas. Craigie. Two-year-old Geldings – 1 Mainland Bros. Two-year-old Fillies – 1 Mainland Bros, 2 A. Mainland, 3 Jas. Craigie. One-year-old Geldings – 1 Geo. Reid, 2 H. Craigie. One-year-old Fillies – 1 Jas. Craigie, 2 H. Mainland.

SHEEP. – Pen of Two Half-bred Ewes – 1 Wm. Inkster, Woo; 2 Jas. Sabiston, Gripps, 3 Robert Seatter, Banks. Pen of Two Half-bred Lambs – 1 and 4 Jas. Sabiston, 2 Wm. Inkster, 3 Jas. Johnston, Trumland.

SPECIAL PRIZES. – Cup presented by Jas. Robertson for the best animal in the horse sections – Jas. Craigie; reserve, Jas. Johnston. Cup, presented by Mr Wm. Bertram for the best Clydesdale mare – James Johnston; reserve, Mainland Bros. Cup, presented by Messrs R. Garden, Ltd., for the best mare with foal at foot – George Reid; reserve, Mainland Bros. E.P.N.S. vase, presented by Messrs Wm. Shearer, seedsmen, for the best gelding in the yard – James Craigie; reserve, George Reid. Cup, presented by a friend, for the best animal in the cattle sections – D. Moar; reserve, H. Mainland. Cup, presented by Mr Geo. Robertson, for the best cow (£20 rental and under) – John Harcus; reserve, Sam. Inkster. Cup, presented by Mr D. J. Inkster, for best animal in the Shorthorn sections – D. Moar; reserve, James Craigie. Cup, presented by Northern Farmers’ Co-operative Society, Ltd., for the best pair of yearlings – Hugh Mainland; reserve R. Seatter. Cup, presented by Mr Ralph Miller for the best two-year-old quey carrying her first calf, bred by and the property of exhibitor – H. Mainland; reserve, Alan Gibson. Silver teapot, presented by the Rousay. Egilshay, and Wyre Co-operative Society, for the best yearling bullock or heifer – H. Mainland; reserve, R. Seatter Gold medal, presented by Mr Alex. Webster for the best cow in the yard – D. Moar and reserve. Medal, presented by Dean of Guild P. C. Flett, for best calf in the yard – Hugh Mainland; reserve, Robert Seatter. Medal, presented by Mr Geo. Robertson, for the best butcher’s animal – H. Mainland; reserve, H. Craigie. Medal, presented by Jas. Scott, Livaness, for the best yearling showing calf’s teeth – H. Mainland; reserve, R. Seatter. Medal, presented by Mr S. Firth, Finstown, for best animal in sheep sections – 1 and reserve, James Sabiston. Medal, presented by Mr Wm. Brough, for the best foal in the yard – George Reid; reserve, H. Mainland. Medal, presented by Mr A. M. Morgan, for the best garron foal – James Grieve; reserve, Wm. Inkster. Medal, presented by Mr Charles Logie, for best yearling colt or filly – George Reid; reserve James Craigie. Medal, presented by Mr Wm. Hourston, for the best two-year-old colt or filly – 1 and reserve, Mainland Bros.. Medal, presented by Mr Ralph Miller, for the best horse shoeing – 1 and reserve, Robert Grieve, Cruannie. Cup, presented by Messrs Reith and Anderson for best pen of five lambs – James Sabiston; reserve James Johnston. Medal, presented by Messrs James Flett and Sons, for best pair of ewes – James Johnston; reserve Wm. Inkster.

1935 August 28 Orkney Herald

FIELD DAY AT SOURIN, ROUSAY. – Friday, 16th August, dawned bright and fair; it seemed at first that perhaps it was too good to last, but fortunately Old Sol decided to stay out all day and the Sourin picnic, which was held in a field near the school kindly granted by Miss Munro of the Post Office, could not have been blessed with better weather.

The picnic commenced at 1 p.m., when the children had a light meal served out in the open air. Almost immediately the juvenile sports started. Once again, Mr Harrold, Springfield, acted as starter to the races, and with what keenness and eagerness did all the little ones run! Even those who were last came laughing up to the tape. The glorious sunshine seemed to call the grown-ups, for people came from all directions and, after milk and cookies had been served all round, the adult sports began with the seats in the field lined with rows of cheery faces. This year there was added interest in the grown-up programme, as the young men had a medal to compete for and they entered into the sports with goodwill and test.

After the sports, just before tea, the senior pupils of Sourin School, under Miss Teresa C. Wallace, added to the day’s entertainment by giving a very interesting demonstration of a modern gym lesson. Their performance was a great credit, both to their school and their teacher and drew enthusiastic applause from the audience.

After tea, which everyone enjoyed just outside Sourin Hall, Mr J. H. Wallace, M.A., in a few words, said how much everyone had enjoyed the day in such glorious weather. He thanked, in the name of the Picnic Committee, all those who had helped by giving milk, chocolate, etc., and those who rendered their services all day in such an eager and unselfish manner. In mentioning the sports medal, he said that he was rather disappointed that it had not been won by a Rousay youth, but, as Mr Isaac Costie had Rousay blood in him, that was the next best thing. He then called upon Mrs Paterson, Brinian House, to present the prizes. Mrs Paterson also remarked on the enjoyable day everyone had spent and called for a vote of thanks for all those who had helped. She herself was accorded a hearty cheer, when she had handed over all the prizes.

The dance, which started at 8 p.m., was a great success. The hall was thronged with young folks and old folks, and every-one danced with a will.

About 2 a.m. everyone joined hands like a big, happy family and sang “Auld Lang Syne,” bringing to an end a perfect day.

The Picnic Committee take this opportunity of thanking all those who helped in any way.

1935 September 4 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – FOOTBALL. – Judging from the display of football seen on the Wasbister football pitch at Saviskaill, on the evening of Saturday, 24th August, Rousay football has a great future. The match was a seven-a-side between Wasbister and Frotoft combined schools and Sourin School. Some tricky football and a real good sense of combination was witnessed by quite a big turnout of spectators. A wet ball made play somewhat heavy for the boys, but this in no way prevented them from going “all out” from start to finish. The score was 8-2 for Sourin School. It is to be hoped that the public will see a return match at an early date.

Teams – Wasbister and Frotoft P.S. – Willie Donaldson, Jim Leslie, Stanley Moar, Donald Marwick, Dave Gibson, Jim Sinclair (capt.), and Hugh Yorston.

Sourin P.S. – Archer Clouston, Billy Mainland, Tom Walls, Leonard Irvine, John Seatter, George Craigie (capt.), and John Grieve. Referee, Mr Hugh Robertson, Langskaill. Goal-scorers – Sourin P.S. – John Grieve (4), George Craigie (2), John Seatter (2); Wasbister and Frotoft P.S. – Hugh Yorston and Dave Gibson.

1935 September 11 Orkney Herald




A party of ladies and gentlemen were fortunate to escape serious injury when a Highland Airways’ ‘plane, in which they were flying over the island of Rousay, crashed into a plantation of trees at Westness on Friday evening.

The machine was “The Orcadian,” the most up-to-date of Highland Airways, Ltd.’s, passenger-carrying ‘planes. Although members of the Company’s staff refuse to make any statement regarding the condition of the crashed machine, visitors to the scene state that it appears to be badly damaged.

The five passengers, Mr C. M. Haydon, Lynnfield, Kirkwall, his wife, daughters, and son-in-law, were more startled than hurt by their experience. All escaped with no more serious injury than a few cuts and bruises. One of the lady passengers described the accident as “quite a thrill.” The pilot of the ‘plane, Mr J. P. Rae, was also unhurt.

The circumstances were that the ‘plane was hired by the party to make a sight-seeing flight over Rousay. The weather was fine and visibility was good when the machine left Wideford Aerodrome, and these favourable conditions continued throughout the flight. While crossing Westness plantation, we understand, to enable the passengers to obtain a close view of the gardens and surroundings of the house, the ‘plane was struck by a squall of wind from the hill – one of the “down draughts” common to Rousay and Hoy, and forced down some distance. Part of its undercarriage caught the tops of the trees and it “pancaked” into the plantation, coming to rest without violence, about ten or a dozen feet from the ground.

Pilot Rae was able to force his way out of the cabin, climb to the ground, and go for assistance. The passengers were enabled to reach terra firma by means of a ladder brought by the pilot from Westness House.

Witnesses of the accident were horrified to see the ‘plane fall into the trees, and many hurried to the scene fully prepared for tragic news. On arriving at the scene, however, they were relieved to find that what had actually occurred was merely an anti-climax to what their imaginations had pictured.

Mr Haydon and his party crossed to Evie by motor boat and motored to Kirkwall.

Highland Airways’ Kirkwall-Aberdeen service has not been interrupted, the ‘plane “Loch Ness” taking over the run. “The Orcadian” is being dismantled.

“The Orcadian” is the third Highland Airways’ machine to crash since the company inaugurated their services in 1933. Fortunately, however, no loss of human life has been recorded in these accidents.

One of Highland Airways, Ltd.’s, engineering experts arrived from Inverness during the weekend to examine the wrecked machine. Questioned by an “Orkney Herald” reporter as to the condition of the ‘plane he refused to make any statement, except to say: – “You people only hinder us, you don’t help us. You don’t take any notice of the service when it’s running smoothly, you only get interested when there are crashes and deaths.”

(The speaker is invited to glance through our files since Highland Airways services came into operation. – Ed., “O. H.”)


FOOTBALL – ROUSAY SCHOOLS’ TUSSLE. – The return match, Wasbister and Frotoft Schools v. Sourin School, to which Rousay football enthusiasts looked forward so much, was played on Saturday evening at 7 o’clock on Sourin football pitch at Woo. Once again sound football skill was evident. Individually there was not so much to choose between the players, but Sourin’s combination and sense of position gave them the game. The fact that Sourin had rather an overwhelming victory in no way spoilt the match, for right up to the final whistle Wasbister and Frotoft continued to play like Trojans and reck little of the score against them. The half-time score was 3-1 for Sourin, the whole time score 9-1.

The enthusiastic spectators contributed the gratifying sum of 13s 2d, which is to be kept to defray future expenses among the boys.

The teams were: – Sourin – Archer Clouston, Billy Mainland, Leonard Irvine, Angus Harcus, John Seatter, George Craigie (capt.), John Grieve.

Wasbister and Frotoft – Willie Donaldson, Jim Leslie, David Leslie, Donald Marwick, Hugh Yorston, Dave Gibson, Jim Sinclair (capt.).

Scorers – Sourin – George Craigie (3), John Seatter (3), John Grieve (3); Wasbister and Frotoft – Dave Gibson.

1935 October 2 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – NEW COMMERCIAL VEHICLE. – A fine new motor truck was landed at the island by the s.s. Iona on Tuesday. The lorry, a two-ton Commer, has been purchased by the Rousay Agricultural Co-operative Society, and is to be fitted with a detachable van body, so that it can be used either as a travelling shop or general-purpose lorry, according to requirements. The vehicle was supplied by Messrs R. Nicolson & Son, Kirkwall, Commer distributors for Orkney.

1935 October 30 Orkney Herald

EVIE – SUBSTITUTE FOR MOON. – In the moon’s absence the country has been lit up with brilliant displays of aurora, the frequency of which has been very marked during the month. The belief that this wonderful and beautiful phenomenon is an evil portent has accordingly been supported by the stormy weather with which it has been accompanied.

1935 November 6 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – PRIZE DAY IN SOURIN PUBLIC SCHOOL. – On Thursday afternoon County Councillor Fred T. Inkster, J.P., chairman of the Rousay and Egilshay School Management Committee, visited Sourin School for the purpose of presenting the attendance and merit prizes. Mr John H. Wallace, M.A., headmaster, in welcoming Mr Inkster, said that Mr Inkster was so well known to them all that any introduction was unnecessary. He went on to explain that in the allocation of the merit prizes, which were being awarded this year, actual cleverness had not been the sole determining factor. General ability, neatness and tidiness of work, and real honest application had all been considered, and any pupil who tried and did his or her best had always a good chance of winning one or other of the class prizes. Mr Inkster, in replying, thanked Miss Brown and Mr Wallace, the teachers, for asking him to perform the pleasant little task of presenting the prizes. He mentioned the handicap long-distance pupils had to contend with in competing for the attendance prizes presented by the Committee, but went on to add that even distance did not hinder some pupils from maintaining regular attendance at school. He urged the pupils to put in their time at school as regularly as ever they could, and further to make the best of their time by keen attention to their lessons. Mr Inkster then presented the prizes. At the close Mr Wallace called for a good hearty vote of thanks to Mr Inkster, who in turn asked for another to Miss Brown and Mr Wallace. Before school closed, each pupil had the fun of “dookin'” for an apple. The Hallowe’en fun made a fine finish to this, one of the school’s big days. The following is the prize-list. – Attendance Prizes (presented by the Rousay and Egilshay School Management Committee) Perfect – John Seatter. Good – George Craigie, Hugh Lyon, Robert Marwick, William Mainland, Robert Munro and Thelma Shearer. Merit Prizes (presented by the teachers). – Infants – Thelma Shearer; Senior Infants – George Grieve; Junior I. – 1 Ernest Mainland, 2 Thomas Linklater and Hugh Lyon (equal); Senior I. – 1 Kathleen Linklater, 2 Netta Russell; Senior II. – 1 Edith Gibson, 2 John Harcus: Advanced Division – 1 Ann Lyon, 2 Robert Marwick. Painting Competition (presented by Oxo, Ltd.) – Fountain pen won by William Mainland. (Judging done by pupils themselves.)

1935 November 30 The Orcadian

PRIZE DAY – WASBISTER SCHOOL. – On Tuesday afternoon, 26th November, Rev. R. R. Davidson visited Wasbister School and presented the prizes won by the pupils for attendance, for merit, and in the Orkney and Zetland examination. Before handing over the books, Mr Davidson took the children on an imaginary trip to the Gold Coast, made vividly real and fascinating by photographs, native hand-carved wooden stools and combs, woven blankets or cloaks and a huge snakeskin. He told them of the vegetation, the insect and animal life, and the response made by man to such surroundings. He spoke of the work done by the missionaries, both educational and religious, and he pointed out the advantages the children present possessed. Thereafter he brought what had been “one crowded hour” of unusual enjoyment to a close by presenting the prizes with encouraging remarks to those who had won the Orkney and Zetland prizes and merit prizes. Miss Matheson spoke in appreciation of what Mr Davidson had at no small trouble to himself done for them that day, and asked for a hearty vote of thanks, which was accorded with enthusiasm. Mr Davidson then proposed a vote of thanks to Miss Matheson for arranging the prize day, and again there was a generous response. Annexed is the prize-list:-

Orkney and Zetland prizes – James R Sinclair and Anna L Marwick. Good attendance prizes – Clementine Donaldson, Phebe Marwick and Elsie Donaldson. Merit prizes – Infants – 1. George Sinclair, 2. David Marwick. Junior II – 1. Phebe Marwick, Elsie Donaldson, 3. Edwin Moar. Junior I – 1. Irene Hourie, 2. David Leslie, 3. Evelyn Clouston; Senior III – 1. William Donaldson, 2. Jean Marwick; Senior II – 1. Donald Marwick, 2. James Leslie; Senior I – 1. Clementina Donaldson, 2. Agnes Marwick; Advanced II – 1. James R Sinclair, 2. Anna L Marwick; Advanced III – James C B Craigie.

1935 December 18 Orkney Herald

BURGLARY IN EGILSHAY. – We understand that a burglary was committed at the end of last week at the shop of Mrs Inkster, Egilshay. The police are presently investigating the matter.

1935 December 25 Orkney Herald

MEN CHARGED WITH EGILSHAY BURGLARY. – On Thursday, at 12 o’clock noon, two men were arrested in Stromness and charged with the burglary in Egilshay reported in our last issue, when the shop of Mrs Inkster was broken into. The two men appeared in Chambers at the Sheriff Court, Kirkwall, and were afterwards committed to prison. They will appear again in Court this week.