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1937 January 9 The Scotsman


(By Dr. Robert J. Drummond)

……….Eynhallow Sound. –  To make a round of it the way lay by Evie, a village above Eynhallow Sound, which flows between the Mainland and Rousay. It is not a mile across, and yet the ministers of Evie and Rousay have been known to exchange for services on the Sabbath, and in the meantime such a gale has blown up that the next week-end has come before they could return to their manses, though the houses faced each other across the Sound. Such things do happen in those tide-swept islands. A preacher was thus once storm-stayed in that very isle of Rousay. He was due in South Ronaldshay on Sunday. But all the week a storm was raging and no boat would put to sea. Saturday came, and by much pleading he induced two men to venture out, and with great difficulty and no little danger they landed him at Kirkwall. He was still miles away from his destination. But he slept the night in Kirkwall, and rose betimes next morning. He had ten miles to walk and two ferries to cross ere he reached St Margaret’s Hope. He arrived there as the bells were ringing, and went straight to the church and into the pulpit. The church was vacant. The people thought that is the kind of man for us, and they called him, but he did not accept. It was the writer’s own father…..

1937 January 27 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – PLOUGHING MATCH. – The annual ploughing match of the Rousay Agricultural Society was held on Friday, 15th inst., on a field at Trumland Farm, kindly granted for the occasion by Mr James Johnston. Twenty-two competitors took part, 1 champion and 21 ordinary ploughmen. The ground was in good condition and the work of the competitors reached a high standard.

The judges were prevented from reaching Rousay till the afternoon owing to a southerly gale. They were: – Messrs Robert Eunson, Grimester, St Ola; Alex. Groundwater, Towerhill, St Ola; James Scott, Smithy Cottage, Finstown. Their awards gave entire satisfaction. Mr Robert S. Mainland, Nearhouse, visited the field as the Highland and Agricultural Society’s representative.

Office-bearers in charge of the match were: – Messrs Robert Mainland, Nearhouse (president); Robert Seatter, Banks, (vice-president); John Linklater, Blossom (secretary); Ronald Shearer, Curquoy (treasurer); Hugh Mainland, Hurtiso; Hugh Craigie, Scockness; Allan Gibson, Bigland; James Craigie, Falquoy; David Moar, Saviskaill; John Craigie, Furse; Hugh Robertson, Langskaill; Robert Johnston, Trumland; George Reid, Tratland; John Mainland, Westness.

During the day Mrs Johnston, sr., and Mrs Johnston, jr., and staff, entertained judges, officials, ploughmen and visitors. At the close of the day all proceeded to the farm steading, where the prizes were gracefully handed over by Mrs Johnston, jr., after which a sumptuous dinner was in readiness for ploughmen, judges and officials. The night’s entertainment ended with a dance. The committee tenders thanks to Mr and Mrs Johnston and staff for their hospitality and use of their field, and also to the donors of special prizes.

Ploughing – Champion – 1 Samuel Inkster, Wasdale. Ordinary – 1 and Highland & Agricultural Society’s medal, Hugh Robertson, Langskaill; 2 William Moar, Saviskaill; 3 Hugh Grieve, Hurtiso; 4 James Craigie, Furse; 5 David Craigie, Trumland; 6 Sinclair Craigie, Falquoy; 7 Hugh Marwick, Nearhouse; 8 Hugh Craigie, Scockness; 9 John Donaldson, Langskaill; 10 George Petrie, Hullion; 11 Fred Kirkness, Quoyostray; 12 James Wylie, Westness; 13 Lionel Munro, Faraclett; 14 John Marwick, Breck.

Feering – George Petrie. Finish – James Craigie. Straightest ploughing – Hugh Robertson. Neatest ends – James Craigie.

Harness – 1 James Craigie; 2 Gordon Sinclair, Knarston; 3 Hugh Marwick; 4 Hugh Robertson; 5 William Moar; 6 Hugh Craigie; 7 John Cormack, Trumland.

Grooming – 1 Hugh Robertson; 2 James Craigie; 3 David Craigie; 4 Gordon Sinclair; 5 William Moar; 6 John Cormack; 7 Thomas Donaldson, Gripps.

Cup, presented by Messrs P. L. Johnston for best ploughed rig – to be won three years – Hugh Robertson. Cup, presented by Messrs R. Garden Ltd. For grooming – to be won three years – Hugh Robertson. Cup, presented by the late Firemaster Inkster for most points – to be won three years – Hugh Robertson. Now becomes his own property. Medal, presented by Rev. D. D. Davidson for best ploughed rig – to be won twice – Hugh Robertson. Medal, presented by James Scott, Kirkwall, for best feering on field – to be won twice – George Petrie. Medal, presented by a friend for best finish on field – to be won twice – Samuel Inkster. Medal, presented by Wm. Hourston, Kirkwall, for straightest ploughing – to be won outright – Samuel Inkster. Medal, presented by an anonymous donor for first in champion list – to be won twice – Samuel Inkster. Now becomes his own property. Medal, presented by Wm. Harvey, St Ola, for best harness on field – to be won twice – James Craigie. Now becomes his own property. Medal, presented by R. G. Harrold, Kirkwall, for harness in everyday use – to be won twice – John Cormack. Medal. Presented by Wm. R. Walls, Store Cottage, for ploughman, 18 years and under, highest in prize list – to be won two years – Thomas Donaldson. Medal, presented by a Kirkwall friend for youngest ploughman – Byng Munro. Oldest ploughman – John Cormack. Best Pair on Field – John Cormack. Best turnout, horses and harness – John Cormack. Best matched pair – David Craigie.

1937 February 3 Orkney Herald

EVIE – DETENTION OF ROUSAY MAILS. – Owing to the recent gales, the Rousay mail boat was unable to cross to Evie for the daily mails 4 days last week. Eventually the mails were returned to Kirkwall and the plane took them to their destination on the 5th day.

WEATHER AND WORK. – Rough weather seems to have no end this winter, and fierce gales continue to sweep the countryside. The long continuance of wild conditions has become tiresome and trying, and one wonders when there will be a subdual of the elements. After many threats of snow, a white world was ushered in last Saturday. Snow fell frequently all day, accompanied by a strong wind, and in some places there were snow drifts, the main road, however, remaining clear. At times there was every appearance of a blizzard, the snow being very dry and fine. Towards evening, however, a change took place, the snow becoming softer. During the night, a real thaw set in, and Sunday saw the snow quickly disappear. Amid the stress of weather, all kinds of work in the country have been hampered. In the open, the pressing duties only have been tackled, and these executed with much difficulty. When possible, the carting out of stable manure to the turnip fields has been in progress.

1937 March 3 Orkney Herald

REV. JOHN G. INKSTER OBSERVES BIRTHDAY. – Congratulations are pouring in to Rev. John Gibson Inkster, minister of Knox Church, Toronto, who has just celebrated his 70th birthday anniversary. Among the many telegrams received is one from Prime Minister W. L. M. King, who is a former schoolmate of Dr Inkster. One of Toronto’s most active clergymen, Dr Inkster has been minister at Knox Church for the past 15 years. Dr Inkster is known throughout Canada. He has been pastor in Montreal and in Victoria, where, for eight years, he served at the First Presbyterian Church. Dr Inkster is a native of Rousay, and visited Orkney a year ago.

1937 March 9 The Scotsman

STONE AGE CAIRNS. – Dr J. Graham Callander, F.S.A.Scot., and Mr Walter G. Grant, F.S.A.Scot., described two long chambered cairns of the Stone Age, excavated last year in the island of Rousay, Orkney. One, which was of the stalled type, measured 72½ feet in length and 27 feet in breadth, at Blackhammer on the south side of the island, contained seven compartments separated from each other by divisional slabs projecting from the wall and set up in pairs opposite each other. This cairn differed from the three others of its type which had been excavated in Rousay, inasmuch as its entrance passage was placed in the south side of the building, instead of at the east end. After the final burial had taken place, the mouth had been sealed up by careful building. Remains of two adult males and a considerable quantity of animal bones were found in the burial chamber, as also a broken urn of clay, a stone axe, a finely made knife of flint which had been burnt, and a few scrapers and splinters of flint. The other monument [the Knowe of Laro], which was a cairn of the horned variety, measured 182 feet long, 72 feet broad, and 16 feet in height, lay near the hamlet of Hullion. The sepulchral chamber was in the east end, from which the monument tapered away gradually both in height and width to the west. Under the highest point was the burial chamber, access to which was obtained from a low narrow passage between the horns at the east end. The chamber had originally been divided into three parts by pairs of slabs projecting from the sides. The greater part of the chamber was later occupied by secondary structures, substantially built. These consisted of lateral walls built right up to the top of the chamber, which was 13 feet 8 inches high. In the north side of the secondary building there were two large recesses, and on the opposite side three. Human bones were found in each one. The only other relics found were a stone axe in the floor of the chamber and two fragments of pottery on the floor of the entrance passage.

1937 March 10 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – CONCERT IN AID OF HOSPITAL. – On Thursday and Friday, 18th and 19th February, a concert, which had been postponed owing to an epidemic of influenza, was held at Frotoft School. The concert was in aid of the Balfour Hospital funds, and was largely attended both evenings. On Thursday evening, Rev. R. R. Davidson acted as chairman. At the close of the programme, he called for a vote of thanks for the performers. Mr Fred lnkster, Greenfield, then called for a vote of thanks for the chairman and the pianists, Mrs Paterson and Mrs Craigie. Dr Paterson occupied the chair on Friday evening. After the concert, he called for votes of thanks for the performers and the pianists. Mr J. Gibson, Hullion, called for a vote of thanks for the chairman. The school was then cleared, and a very jolly dance followed. The Committee take this opportunity of thanking all those who supplied music at the dance. Special thanks are due to Mrs Paterson, Brinian House, and Mrs Craigie, Hunclett, who played the accompaniments, to Mrs Marwick, Breck, and Miss Mainland, Westness, for making the tea on Friday night, and to all those who helped in any way to make the concert a success. Guessing competitions were held both evenings. The winners, were – Miss Mainland, Westness, who won the box of chocolates, and Mr J. Marwick, Innister, who won the clock. The total collection amounted to £12 12s 1d. After expenses have been paid, the committee hope to be able to hand over £10 to the hospital funds.

Annexed is the programme: – Chairman’s remarks; musical selections; sea shanties, male chorus; sailor’s hornpipe, Messrs J. Gibson and J. Yorston; solo, “If I Built a World for You,” Miss Maisie Mainland; dialogue, “The Registrar,” Messrs J. Craigie and G. Sutherland; song, “My Man John,” Miss Reid, Messrs J. Grieve and H. Marwick; solo, “Love’s Old Sweet Song,” Mr Wm. Gibson; monologue, “Off for a Holiday,” Mrs Wm. Marwick; solo, “The Little Silver Ring,” Mrs R. Johnston; sketch, “The Wrong Flat,” (by permission of the publishers, Abel, Heywood & Son, Ltd., Manchester); musical selections – violins, Messrs D. Craigie, J. Sinclair and J. Yorston, piano, Mrs A. Craigie; solo, “The Garden of Your Heart,” Miss Maisie Mainland; recitation, ”The Laird’s Proposal,” Mr James Craigie; solo, “Silly Girl,” Mr Wm. Gibson; sketch, “Lodgings to Let”; n—– choruses; “God Save the King.” On Friday evening, Mrs Robert Johnston rendered a second solo, “Bird-Songs at Eventide,” by special request.

1937 March 24 Orkney Herald

AN ORKNEY POLICEMAN FOR THE CORONATION. – His friends throughout the county will be pleased to learn that Mr William Balfour Mainland, son of the late Mr and Mrs John Mainland, Weyland, Egilshay, and brother of Constable Thomas Mainland, Stromness, has been picked as one of a detachment of thirty-two members of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to visit London for the Coronation of King George VI. on May 12th. Mr Mainland is stationed at Cardston, Alberta, and his detachment, after spending six weeks in special training at Regina, will leave for England with their horses. It is not known whether Mr Mainland will get leave to enable him to travel to Orkney. He is anxious to renew old acquaintances, and hopes that any of his friends who happen to be in London at that time will try to get in touch with him. Even in London thirty-two mounted Canadian policemen should be fairly easily found.

1937 April 14 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – CORONATION CELEBRATION. – Rousay means to make Coronation Day a memorable occasion. Suggestions already advanced include a fancy dress cycle parade and children’s treat. Steps are being taken to form a committee to co-ordinate the island’s celebrations.

VISIT OF CONCERT PARTY. – A large amount of pleasure and amusement has been provided this week by a visit from the Sisters McGregor concert party. Billed to appear in the Hall on Monday and Tuesday, 5th and 6th April, they were received by large audiences, and by special request stayed on and repeated their high-class performance on Wednesday evening. Miss Greta McGregor, a beautiful and talented singer, delighted with her superb rendering of old Scotch songs. Miss Gladys McGregor proved to be a comedienne of irresistible attraction and also an expert Highland dancer, while Mr Will Mach in song, dance and story captivated old and young alike with his fund of humour. Double turns by the sisters and sketches by the company added to the enjoyment of a programme of almost three hours’ duration, and without one dull moment. We congratulate the Sisters McGregor on their enterprise in bringing such a talented company so far north, and hope they will visit up again at an early date, when they are assured of a hearty welcome back.

1937 April 21 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – WANTED. – Anything that will burn for bonfire above Kingerly. Every little helps. Help a little by bringing any old rubbish you have, and make the Rousay bonfire the fire of the century.

CORONATION DAY IN ROUSAY. – Granted good weather and, more important still, the full support of the public, Coronation Day in Rousay should be crowned with the success it deserves. The District Council, headed by Mr Fred T. Inkster, J.P., met with the Coronation Committee on Friday, when the programme for the day was arranged. Subject to revision, the following programme has been drawn up: – 2 p.m., children’s party with film show; 3.30 p.m., fancy dress parade; 4.30 p.m., tea; 5.30 p.m., presentation of coronation mugs to children under 14 and of parade prizes; 6.15 film show, followed by dancing; 8 p.m., broadcast of King’s speech, followed by dancing and supper; 11 p.m., bonfire. Provided the necessary permission is obtained, the bonfire is to be built on a knowe above Kingerly. In the fancy dress parade prizes are to be awarded for the best decorated turn-out in (1) cars, (2) motor cycles and motor cycle combinations, (3) bicycles, (4) carts, (5) horses, (6) wheelbarrows, (7) prams, (8) pedestrians, and a first and second prize for the two most comical turnouts in the parade.

1937 April 28 Orkney Herald

MERRY DANCERS. – A brilliant display of aurora borealis was witnessed from almost all districts of Orkney on Saturday night. Traces of the northern lights were first seen about 10.30 and they did not fade from the sky till long after midnight. At times almost the whole sky was lit up with the flitting shafts of green and blood red light. The sky was cloudless and the drifting, shooting radiance stretched from zenith to horizon. The full effect of the spectacle was lost, however, owing to the efforts of the full moon to outshine the merry dancers.

[The eloquent Evie correspondent now describes what he saw…..]

PAGEANT OF THE SKY. – A brilliant display of aurora was witnessed here on Saturday night. The evening was perfect – calm and cloudless with a brilliant moon, and many stars of the first magnitude lighting up the firmament, the late afterglow of the sun lingering picturesquely in the north. Suddenly and unexpectedly, about 10.30, aurora lights shot over the clear vault of blue, darting magically in all directions, streamers from east and west, meeting in the zenith sometimes forming a cross and again an unbroken belt, and anon madly careering over the zodiac. Had the night been moonless the effect of the radiance of this attractive spectacle must have been remarkable. Such a vast display is a rare occurrence so late in the spring and with so high a barometer.

1937 May 12 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – CORONATION PREPARATIONS. – The Coronation Committee have their arrangements well in hand, and are now anxiously watching the barometer and listening to weather forecasts. Throughout the week, spars of wood have been transported from the joiner shops to various corners of the island, and the postman has delivered more than one parcel of cotton and decorations.

1937 May 19 Orkney Herald

A MEMORABLE DAY IN ROUSAY. – The folk of Rousay are still talking – and will talk for many a day – about the good time they had on Coronation Day, which was crowned with success from beginning to end. Houses, especially in the vicinity of the hall, were flying flags, while the hall itself was gaily sporting strings of red, white and blue pennants.

As 2 p.m. approached, the children of Rousay and Wyre began to gather in the hall, which had been made wonderfully gay and festive with tricolour streamers, gilt crowns, and coats of arms, &c. From 2 till 3.30 games were played in the hall (with a break for cream cookies and biscuits), while, in the school, older people inspected an exhibition of Coronation handwork made by the school children.

By this time a huge crowd had congregated around the playground of the school across the road, and there was evidence that the judges of the fancy-dress parade were going to have a busy time making their decisions. Each section, as they paraded in the playground, impressed and surprised judges and spectators alike. The judging over, the complete parade made a circular tour round Hurtiso Mill.

A royal tea came next. The hall proved much too small for the crowd, but the overflow found comfortable seats along the dykes outside. When tea was over, everybody gathered round a table on the road for presentation of prizes by Mrs Walter G. Grant of Trumland. Mr John R. Wallace spoke briefly of the occasion. After everybody had joined heartily in “God Save the King,” he went on to express the pleasure they all had in welcoming Mrs Grant and Mrs Low of Westness, who had acted so satisfactorily as judges. They regretted that Mrs Laurie had been unable to officiate. Mrs Grant presented the prizes and then the Coronation mugs and chocolate to the children – the mugs being the gifts of the teachers. At this point, Irene Hourie, Ann Lyon and James Pirie (chosen by ballot among the scholars) came and presented the judges with bouquets, each in Coronation colours. After Mr Wallace called for votes of thanks for all the kind friends who had helped, Mr Davidson, on behalf of those present, expressed thanks to the Coronation Committee for all the work they had done.

In the evening, while dancing was kept going in the hall, three shows of films were given in the school on a Pathé projector very kindly loaned by Mr A. Harcus, Kirkwall Grammar School. Three films were shown each time – a Mickey Mouse cartoon, “War’s Declared,” “Hearts of Oak” (the epic Zeebruge incident) and “News Review for 1936.”

At 7.45, everybody again congregated in the hall, where, by means of two wireless sets, they listened with deep interest to the King’s speech, preceded by messages of loyal greeting from the Empire. Supper was served at 10 o’clock, and immediately afterwards, everybody made tracks for the site of the bonfire above Kingerly. At 11 p.m., after appropriate remarks by Mr Davidson and the singing of “God Save the King,” Mr James Munro, the builder, lit this first-class bonfire. In the hall afterwards, dancing continued with enthusiasm till approximately 2.15 a.m.

The Committee wish to take this opportunity of expressing their thanks to all those who, in any way, so willingly gave their assistance before, on, or after this great occasion.

The following were on the Coronation Committee: – Mesdames H. I. Gibson, Bigland, and R. Shearer, Curquoy; Misses J. C. Cooper, Glebe, K. Craigie, Furse, K. M. Gibson, Hullion, T. Kirkness, Quoyostray, A. Logie, Ivy Cottage, T. S. Mathieson, Wasbister Schoolhouse, V. Reid, Tratland; Rev. R. R. Davidson; Messrs J. Clouston, Tou, J. Cormack, Pier, D. Craigie, Hunclett, J. W. Grieve, Whitehall, M. Hourie, Maybank, T. W. Inkster, Woo, and J. R. Wallace, Sourin Schoolhouse.

The prize-winners were as follows: – Cars – Mr Davidson (Coronation Car); motor cycles – Mr F. Kirkness (Aeroplane); wheelbarrows – Mr Corsie (Baby’s Pram); bicycles – Miss Cooper (Clucking Hen); prams – Miss E. Clouston (One of the Kent Bairns); carts – Mr H. Sinclair (Royal Carriage); horses – Master T. Linklater (Coronation Jockey); pedestrians – Mr M. Hourie (Viking); children – 1 Irene Hourie (Queen), 2 Thelma Shearer (Mary and her little lamb); comical – 1 Miss K. Gibson, Avelshay (Granny on her Scooter), 2 Miss C. Sinclair (Down and Out). Words formed from “George Elizabeth” (Schoolchildren’s competition) – Irene Hourie, 759.

1937 May 26 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – CORONATION SOUVENIRS. – It is indeed a good thing to be a child in Rousay and Wyre these days. Through the kindness of two donors who wish to remain anonymous, each child in these two islands has received a new threepenny piece to add to their souvenirs of the Coronation. The children all want to thank the two kind and thoughtful friends who made this gift.

COLLECTION IN AID OF BALFOUR HOSPITAL. – The school children of Rousay made a collection on Saturday, 8th inst., as a small Coronation gift for the Balfour Hospital. Mr Duncan J. Robertson [in his role as treasurer to the hospital trustees] has acknowledged the receipt of £4 3s 3d.

1937 July 14 Orkney Herald

WYRE – HOEING MATCH. – On Tuesday evening, 6th inst., a hoeing match was held on a field kindly granted by Mr Robert A. Inkster, Cavit. In spite of adverse weather conditions, a fair number of competitors turned out. Mr W. G. Marwick, Rousay, and Mr John Petrie, Wyre, judged the work, and their decision gave entire satisfaction. Mr James Johnston, Trumland Farm, Rousay, kindly visited the field, thus enabling the Highland and Agricultural Society’s medal to be granted. Mr and Mrs Inkster, assisted by a band of willing helpers, entertained the company to a sumptuous supper, which was followed by a jolly dance. Annexed is the prize list: – 1 and H. & A. Society’s medal, William Craigie, Rusness; 2 Helen Flaws, Castlehall; 3 Magnus Flaws, Castlehall; 4 James Flaws, Castlehall; 5 Charles Craigie, Rusness; 6 John Johnston, Testaquoy; 7 William Smith, Helziegetha; 8 Neil Flaws, Helziegetha; 9 Mrs M. Flaws, jr., Helziegetha; 10 George Sutherland, Bu; 11 Emslie Craigie, Trumland, Rousay; 12 Mary Petrie, Oniziebust.

1937 July 21 Orkney Herald



The closing stages of Rousay regatta, held on Friday in Wyre Sound, brought a big thrill for spectators, when one of the competing boats capsized and two men aboard were flung into the water, from which they were quickly rescued by a motor boat.

The boat which figured in this incident was the Molly, an eleven-foot dinghy, belonging to Mr Magnus Flaws, Helsigar, Wyre. The two members of her crew were Messrs Tom Sinclair [Banks, Frotoft] and Emsley Craigie [Rusness, Wyre], the former acting as skipper.

The Molly was competing in the race for local boats, the last sailing event of the regatta. Placed fourth, she had just crossed the finishing line when her jib caught on the end of the bowsprit. Craigie, going up to the bow to free it, over-balanced, and caught the mast to steady himself, but the small craft, which carried no ballast, immediately heeled over, flinging Craigie and Sinclair into the water. The boat lay on her beam ends in the water with her mast and sail lying on the surface and preventing her from turning bottom up. Craigie and Sinclair, after struggling in the water for a few moments, caught hold of the overturned boat and held on while motor boats from the pier raced to the rescue. The mishap occurred a matter of only 20 yards from the pier in a depth of about 2½ fathoms. The two men were picked up by the motor boat Eva (Mr Wylie) which was the first to reach them. Sinclair, who is a good swimmer, told the rescuers to pick up Craigie first. Neither of the two men was any the worse for his adventure, save for a soaking. The capsized boat was later towed ashore.

The regatta was favoured with glorious weather, blazing sunshine, blue skies and just the right amount of wind from W.N.W. The entry of boats was slightly lower than usual, but the standard of seamanship was as high as ever. Kirkwall boats won all open events, the barometer for 22ft. yachts going to Mr J. Laird’s Gazelle, while the l8ft. and 14ft. Class trophies went to Mr D. Kirkpatrick (Pansy) and Mr T. Hutchison (Laura) respectively. Owing to a protest having been lodged in the all-comers’ race, the winner is still undecided.

There was a large attendance at the regatta, many Kirkwall folk travelling out with the s.s. Earl Sigurd. Among the spectators of the racing during the day were Mr Eric Linklater, the novelist, and his wife, who were guests of the Rousay Sailing Club’s Commodore, Mr Walter G. Grant of Trumland House.

…..There was an eventful start in the all comers’ race, for which eleven boats competed. Gazelle was over the line too soon and had to double back and start again. Her manoeuvre caused some confusion among the following boats, and the Pansy and Sea Imp collided, a collision which had a sequel at the finish of the race.

Sea Imp, sailing well, ran Into the lead on the second arm of the course, but was overtaken by clever sailing on the part of the Gazelle, which had quickly made up the leeway she originally lost. A great finish was seen between Sea Imp and Gazelle. Gazelle looked as if she was going to cross the line without changing course, but her run took her outside the buoy, and she was forced to tack to come inside. While this manoeuvre was being carried out the Sea Imp came up and crossed the line. Mizpah crossed close on the heels of Gazelle. The result of the all comers’ race is still in the balance as at the finish of the race a protest was entered against Sea Imp by Mr D. Kirkpatrick, owner of the Pansy, on the score of its colliding with his boat. The committee of the Club will meet to consider its decision on the matter.

Misfortune befell the Vala of Kirkwall, which was lying very favourably and looked like retaining the cup, when she snapped the peak lashing of her mainsail, and was put out of the running. Laura was again the first of the small boats.

The race for local boats was notable for the disaster to the Molly. Daisy sailed well to take first in the small class. No motor boat race was held, and the regatta concluded with the rowing contests.

The office-bearers of the Rousay Sailing Club are: – Commodore, Mr Walter G. Grant; vice-commodore, Mr James S. Gibson, Hullion; secretary, George Sutherland, Veira View; treasurer, Mr James Craigie, Pier Cottage. The secretary and an able committee carried out all arrangements to perfection. The vice-commodore acted as timekeeper for the regatta, and the treasurer was starter.

During the day delightful teas were served at the pierhead under the auspices of the Club, the catering being excellently attended to by a willing band of lady helpers, headed by Mrs Leonard.

At the finish of the day’s proceedings the prizes were presented by Mrs Michie, wife of Dr Michie, former Medical Officer of the island. Mrs Michie was heartily thanked for her services and another hearty vote of thanks was accorded the ladies’ committee.

A wonderful dance was held in the evening in the Comrades’ Hall to delightful music by the Wasbister Dance Orchestra…..

1937 July 28 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY REGATTA PROTEST DECISION. – A meeting of the Committee of the Rousay Sailing Club was held on Wednesday, 21st July, to consider further the matter of the protest lodged against the yacht Sea Imp at the beginning of the all- comers’ race at the Rousay Regatta on Friday, 16th July. The conclusion arrived at was that, as the prizes had already been handed out, the prize-list for the race remains as originally stated, viz: – 1 Sea Imp (W. Sinclair), 2 Mizpah (W. Grieve), 3 Gazelle (J. Laird).

WYRE – CROPS. – The oat crop is now coming on very fast and will be a heavy crop in another six weeks, when it should be ready for culling. Hay, though “coled,” is not improving with the past week’s rain. Turnips are growing well, but finger-and-toe* is beginning to put in an appearance in the swedes. Grass, however, is growing better after the rain, and will be more plentiful at the end of the season than at the beginning.

[* ‘finger-and-toe’, also known as club root – was caused by the abundance of lime in the soil, inhibiting or preventing the growth of the crop]

1937 August 18 Orkney Herald


With stern smashed, an empty lifeboat, bearing part of a Scandinavian port’s name of “Sund,” has been found drifting in Eynhallow Sound. The boat is sixteen feet long, and, judging by the tackle in it, had been lowered from a ship.




A slight decrease in the number of entries was more than compensated for by the splendid quality of the stock exhibited at Rousay Agricultural Society’s annual show last Tuesday. The judges, both East Mainland men, commented with enthusiasm upon the excellence of the animals put before them in all classes.

Beautiful weather favoured the occasion, and Rousay, one of the most attractive of the islands, looked at its best. The show, held at the farm of Banks by kind permission of Mr Seatter, was set against the charming Sourin background of green fields and brown hills, and drew big crowds of spectators from all over the island. From Kirkwall, by the s.s. Earl Sigurd, came another large party of visitors. An additional attraction for the spectators was the Rousay Horticultural Society’s flower and industrial show, held in a hall nearby.

The championships were won by: in the horse section, Mr G. Reid, Tratland, and in the cattle section, Miss Gibson, Avelshay.

Judges’ Remarks. – Their comments were as follows: – “Horses were a great show all over. “The champion was a two-year-old filly, a good type of filly showing plenty of good, strong flat bone. She had a sound foot and was a good mover. “The reserve was a first-class gelding, a particularly good mover, but needing his weight for a gelding. “The first prize draught mare was a good type of mare, a bit plain in her ankles, and the best brood mare was also a good animal, but was too open in her movement. “Foals were a good class. “Three-year-old geldings were really the best class, though they were a small class.

“It was a particularly good show of cattle, all the animals being shown in excellent bloom. “Cows were an extra strong class, the champion cow, which was the champion of the show, being outstanding. She was a fine, level-headed animal, showing plenty of strength about her. The reserve champion of the show was a yearling heifer of good quality, but inclined to be rough, though she had great size. “The first prize two-year-old heifer was a good animal, and the calves were a splendid show. The first and second prize calves were really two excellent animals.

“Sheep were a bigger and better show this year, the best show of sheep we have seen in Rousay yet. The tups in the whole show were as good as anything that has been seen there. “The champion was a half-bred ewe with a fine head and a good coat.

“All over, in all sections of the show, the quality was first-class. We were greatly struck, incidentally, by the very sporting spirit displayed by the exhibitors.”

Show Arrangements. – Arrangements for the show were splendidly carried through by Mr John Linklater, Blossom, Society’s secretary, and the following: – Messrs R. Mainland, Nearhouse (president of the Society), R. Seatter, Banks (vice- president), R. Shearer, Curquoy (treasurer), R. Johnston, Trumland; J. Mainland, Westness; John Craigie, Furse; S. Inkster, Wasdale; Hugh Craigie, Scockness; Hugh Mainland, Hurtiso; George Reid, Tratland, and David Moar, Saviskaill (stewards).

The ladies who catered for the judges, officials, and committees of both Agricultural and Horticultural Societies were: – Mrs Ronald Shearer (convener), Mrs S. Inkster, Mrs R. Mainland, and Miss Margaret Lyon.

Public teas were catered for by Mrs H. I. Gibson (convener), Mrs Robert Grieve, Miss Minnie Reid, Miss Alice Mainland, Miss Molly Mainland, and Miss Annie Craigie.

Cattle show and industrial show prizes were gracefully handed over by Mrs Robert Mainland, Nearhouse, at the close of the day’s proceedings, in the presence of an enthusiastic crowd.

PRIZE LIST. – SHEEP. – Pair H.B. Ewes – 1 Jas. Lyon, Ervadale; 2 Wm. Inkster, Woo; 3 R. Seatter, Banks; 4 Albert Munro, Old School; 5 James Sabiston, Gripps. Pair H.B. Gimmers – 1 Jas. Sabiston. Pair H.B. Lambs – 1 Wm. Inkster; 2 and 4 R. Seatter; 3 James Sabiston. Rams – 1 Jas. Sabiston; 2 James Lyon.

CATTLE. – Calves (1st Oct.) – 1 John Linklater, Blossom; 2 and 4 Hugh Mainland, Hurtiso; 3 James Craigie, Falquoy. Calves (1st March) 1 Hugh Robertson, Langskaill; 2, 3 and 5 Hugh Mainland; 4 Jas. Russell, Brendale. Polled Cows – 1 Mrs Gibson, Avelshay; 2 John Linklater; 3 and 5 D. Moar, Saviskaill; 4 and 6 Jas. Craigie. Shorthorn cows – 1 Jas. Craigie. Three-year-old polled cows – 1 Mrs Gibson; 2 Hugh Mainland; 3 Jas. Craigie; 4 Hugh Robertson. Three-year-old Shorthorn cows – 1 Hugh Robertson. Two-year-old polled queys – 1 Mrs Gibson; 2 Harry Sinclair, Knarston; 3 Robert Johnston, Trumland; 4 Alan Gibson, Bigland; 5 John Harcus, Gorehouse; 6 Hugh Mainland. Two-year-old Shorthorn queys – 1 John Linklater; 2 Hugh Mainland. Yearling polled queys – 1 and 2 Mrs Gibson; 3 Hugh Mainland; 4 Hugh Robertson. Yearling polled steers (1st October) – 1 D. Moar; 2 and 3 Hugh Robertson; 4 Hugh Mainland. Yearling polled queys – 1 Hugh Robertson; 2 and 3 Hugh Mainland. Yearling polled steers (1st March) – 1 D. Moar: 2 Hugh Mainland; 3 and 4 J. Russell; 5 Hugh Robertson; 6 John Costie, Standpretty. Work Stots, any age – 1 John Harcus; 2 John Costie; 3 James Munro, Breval.

HORSES. – Mares with foal at foot – 1 and 2 Hugh Mainland; D. Moar. Foals – 1 D. Moar; 2 G. Reid, Tratland; 3 Hugh Mainland. Three-year-old geldings – 1 J. Craigie, Furse; 2 James Russell. Three-year-old fillies – 1 H. Sinclair, Knarston. Two-year-old geldings – 1 H. Robertson; 2 James Russell; 3 Robert Seatter. Two-year-old fillies – 1 G. Reid. Yearling geldings – 1 R. Johnston; 2 Hugh Robertson; 3 James Craigie. Yearling fillies – 1 S. Inkster, Wasdale; 2 W. Corsie, Glebe; 3 R. Seatter; 4 D. Moar.

SPECIAL PRIZES. – Board of Agriculture’s prizes – Heifers – 1 H. Sinclair, 2 J. LinkIater, 3 R. Johnston. Mares – 1 H. Sinclair. Cup from Mr J. T. Flett, butcher, Kirkwall, for best animal in horse sections – G. Reid; reserve Jas. Craigie. Cup from Rev. R. Davidson, M.A., for best animal in cattle section – 1 and reserve, Mrs Gibson. Cup from Mr George Robertson for best cow (under £20 rental) – J. Linklater; reserve, John Harcus. Cup from Mr Robert Marwick for best animal in horse section (under £20 rental) – 1 and reserve, G. Reid. Cup from Mr W. Bertram, saddler, Kirkwall, for best Clydesdale mare – G. Reid; reserve, R. Johnston. Cup from R. Garden Ltd., Kirkwall, for best mare with foal at foot – Hugh Mainland; reserve, G. Reid. Cup from Mr John Kemp, jeweller, Kirkwall, for best yearling colt or filly – R. Johnston; reserve, S. Inkster. Cup from Northern Farmers’ Co-operative Society Ltd., for best pair of yearling cattle – Mrs Gibson; reserve, D. Moar. Cup from Mr Ralph Miller, Kirkwall, for best two-year-old quey carrying first calf – H. Sinclair; reserve, J. Linklater. Cup from ex-Police Inspector David J. Inkster, Kirkwall, for best Shorthorn cow – Jas. Craigie; reserve, D. Moar. Cup from Messrs T. Smith Peace, auctioneers, Kirkwall, for best Shorthorn under 2½ years – J. Linklater; reserve, Hugh Mainland. Cup from Messrs Reith & Anderson, Ltd., auctioneers, Aberdeen, for best 5 lambs – R. Seatter; reserve, J. Inkster. Cup from Dr Paterson, Brinian House, for best cog-fed calf – J. Linklater; reserve, Hugh Mainland. Silver Rose Bowl from Orkney Agricultural Discussion Society, Kirkwall, for best four cattle – Mrs Gibson; reserve, D. Moar. Barometer from Messrs Mainland Bros. for best foal – D. Moar; reserve, J. Reid. Silver teapot from Rousay Co-operative Society, Ltd., for best yearling bullock or heifer – Mrs Gibson; reserve, D. Moar. Electro-plate nickel silver vase from Messrs Wm. Shearer, merchants, Kirkwall, for best gelding – J. Craigie; reserve, R. Johnston. Gold medal from Mr Alex. Webster for best cow in yard – Mrs Gibson; reserve, John Linklater. Medal from P. C. Flett & Co., Kirkwall, for best calf – John Linklater; reserve, Hugh Robertson. Medal by anonymous donor for best butcher’s beast – 1 and reserve, Mrs Gibson. Medal from Mr Stanley Firth, merchant, Finstown, for single sheep – James Lyon; reserve, John Inkster. Medal from Mr Ralph Miller, Kirkwall, for best shoed horse – J. Leonard; reserve, J Craigie. Medal from Mr Wm. Brough, jeweller, Kirkwall and Stromness, for best pair ewes – James Lyon; reserve, John Inkster. Medal from Mrs Graham, Kirkwall, for best animal in cattle section (under £20 rental)  – 1 and reserve, John Linklater. Medal from Mr W. Duncan Reid, commission agent, Kirkwall, for best gelding – J. Craigie; reserve, R. Johnston. Prizes from Messrs J. & W. Tait, merchants, Kirkwall, for most entries – H. Mainland.

After the show, the judges were entertained to a sumptuous lunch in Sourin School. Mr R. Mainland (president) paid tribute to the judges for their good work. Mr Shearer and Mr Smith, in reply, thanked the Society for their hospitality.




A magnificent display of flowers was the feature of Rousay Horticultural Society’s annual flower and industrial show, held at the Comrades’ Hall, Sourin, last Tuesday. Rousay gardeners were to be congratulated, said the judges, on putting up such a fine show, considering the bad season.

The show attracted a large gathering of spectators during the day, and the display, both in the flower and industrial sections, received high praise from all.

The judges were: – Flowers, fruit and vegetables – Mr John Sclater, Kirkwall; industrial work – Miss Rose Leith, Kirkwall; dairy produce – Miss Helen Boyd, Kirkwall; baking – Mr W. T. Moncrieff, Kirkwall.

Judges’ Comments. – Miss Leith said: – “The industrial display is better than it was last year, but not quite so good as it was two years ago. I would like to see more variety in the work. Knitting is good and jumpers are good, but too few. Embroidery contains some very fine work, but Rousay does not seem to have the time or inclination for fancy work.

A new feature of the show upon which Miss Leith commented was two entries of home woven tweed by Mr William Grieve of Digro, a small farmer partially disabled in the War. Mr Grieve was taught weaving by one of the disabled soldiers’ schemes, and is able to work at his loom as well as carry on his croft.

There were good entries of handwriting, sewing and knitting in the children’s section.

Mr Sclater, who is presenting a cup for competition next year said: – “The outstanding feature of the flower show was one bowl of cut flowers, which was very nicely set up. The dahlias and astelbe were outstanding. To look at them you would hardly have known it has been a bad season. “The children’s bouquets of wild flowers were very nice. The second prize was a better collection than the first, but was not so well arranged. “In arranging flowers blooms should be limited to a certain number; displays should not be overcrowded. “In the vegetable section, carrots were very good, cabbage was good, and the leeks were splendid.”

Mr Moncrieff said of the baking – “This is the most successful show for baking I have seen in Rousay. Drop scones, Victoria sandwich and the Queen cakes were extra good. The first prize currant loaf was outstanding. There was a big entry of bere scones, which were very good and difficult to judge.”

Miss Floyd said: – “The dairy produce on the whole was very good. Butter was excellent, but eggs were not so good as I have seen them – too many of the exhibits showing a lack of freshness. “Cheese was very good and the placed entries in butter were special.”

Show arrangements were admirably carried out by Mr J. W. Grieve, Whitehall, secretary, and an able committee. Caterers were the same as for the cattle show.

THE PRIZE LIST – INDUSTRIAL SECTION. – School Children – Sewing (plain) – 1 Edith Gibson, 2 Isobel Pirie, 3 Phebe Marwick; knitting (plain) – 1 Isobel Pirie, 2 Dorothy Mainland, 3 Evelyn Clouston; embroidery – 1 Evelyn Clouston, 2 Irene Hourie, 3 Isobel Pirie. Homespun Knitting – Socks – 1 Miss Kirkness, 2 and 3 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Plain Wool Knitting (socks) – 1, 2 and 3 Miss Reid. Knitted Jumpers – 1 Mrs A. M. Sinclair, 2 Miss A. H. Craigie, 3 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Homespun Wool – 1, 2 and 3 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Embroidery – 1 and 3 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 2 Mrs A. M. Sinclair. Wool Embroidery – 1, 2 and 3 Miss Thora Kirkness. Homespun Cloth – 1 and 2 William Grieve. Home-made Rug – 1 Miss J. Donaldson, 2 Miss M. Cooper. Raffia Work – (juvenile) – 1 Willie Donaldson. School Writing – 1 W. Grieve, 2 Wm. Donaldson, 3 Thelma Shearer. Fretwork – 1, 2 and 3 J. C. Harcus. Special Prizes – Handwork – Mrs H. I. Gibson; plain knitting – Miss Thora Kirkness; most points in industrial section – Mrs H. I. Gibson; handwriting – Robert Grieve; school sewing – Edith Gibson.

BAKING. – Fruit Cake – 1 Cathie Grieve, 2 Thora Kirkness, 3 Mabel Grieve. Gingerbread – 1 Mrs T. Sinclair, 2 Thora Kirkness, 3 Alice Mainland. Currant Bun – 1 Mabel Sinclair, 2 and 3 Alice Mainland. Madeira cake – 1 Mabel Sinclair, 2 Mrs T. Sinclair, 3 Alice Mainland. Queen Cakes – 1 Clara Donaldson, 2 Mrs Marwick, 3 Margaret Lyon. Shortbread (thick) – 1 and 2 Mrs D. Pirie, 3 Mrs R. Shearer. Swiss Roll – 1 Jean Donaldson, 2 Mrs R. Shearer, 3 Cathie Grieve. Jam Sandwich – 1 Alice Mainland, 2 Thora Kirkness, 3 Mrs R. Shearer. Shortbread (thin) – 1 Jean Donaldson, 2 and 3 Clara Donaldson. Rock Cakes – 1 and 2 Alice Mainland, 3 Mrs D. Pirie. Cheese Cakes – 1 and 3 Cissie Sinclair, 2 Mrs Marwick. Dropped Scones – 1 Mrs J. S. Gibson, 2 Isobel Pirie, 3 Cathie Grieve. Victoria Sandwich – 1 Thora Kirkness, 2 and 3 Mrs Shearer. Oven Scones – 1 and 2 Alice Mainland, 3 Mrs D. Pirie. Pancakes – prizes withheld, only one entry. Sweet Currant Scones – 1 Mrs D. Pirie, 2 Mabel Sinclair, 3 Cissie Sinclair. Girdle Scones – 1 Mrs Marwick, 2 Mrs Shearer, 3 Cissie Sinclair. Bere Bannocks – 1 Mabel Sinclair 2 and 3 Cissie Sinclair. Oatcakes (thick) – 1 Dorothy Mainland, 2 Mrs Craigie, Breck; 3 Alice Mainland. Oatcakes (thin) – 1 and 3 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 2 Mrs Craigie.

FLOWERS AND VEGETABLES. – Cabbage – 1 and 2 James Gibson, 3 Hugh Yorston. Cauliflower – 1 and 3 Hugh Yorston, 2 Jas. Gibson. Lettuce (cabbage) – 1 and 3 Hugh Yorston, 2 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Lettuce (cos) – 1 Hugh Yorston, 2 and 3 Ann Lyon. Shallots – 1, 2 and 3 Hugh Yorston. Leeks – I, 2 and 3 Hugh Yorston. Radish – 1, 2 and 3 Thora Kirkness. Parsley – 1, 2 and 3 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Turnip (white) – 1 James Gibson, 2 Hugh Yorston, 3 Thora Kirkness. Turnip (yellow) – 1, 2 and 3 Hugh Yorston. Turnip (field) – 1 Mabel Sinclair. Beet (round) – 1 James Sinclair, 2 and 3 James Gibson. Beet (long) – 1, 2 and 3 Hugh Yorston. Carrot (stump) – 1, 2 and 3 J. Craigie. Carrot (intermediate) – 1 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 2 and 3 Hugh Yorston. Carrot (long) – 1, 2 and 3 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Potatoes (long, white) – 1 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 2 Dorothy Mainland, 3 Thora Kirkness. Potatoes (round, white) – 1 and 2 Thora Kirkness. Potatoes (long, coloured) – 1 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 2 Thora Kirkness, 3 Mrs J. Craigie. Potatoes (round, coloured) 1, 2 and 3 Hugh Yorston. Rhubarb – 1 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 2 and 3 Hugh Yorston.

FRUIT. – Black Currants – 1 and 2 Thora Kirkness, 3 Mrs Craigie. Strawberries – 1 Mrs Craigie. Gooseberries – 1 Dorothy Mainland. Peas – 1 and 2 Hugh Yorston, 3 James Gibson. Beans – 1 Jas. Gibson.

FLOWERS. – Bowl of Cut Flowers – 1 Mrs Craigie, 2 Mrs Marwick, 3 Alice Mainland. Poppies (single) – 1, 2 and 3 Mrs H. I. Gibson; ditto. (double) – 1 Mrs J. W. Grieve, 2 and 3 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Fuchsia – 1, 2 and 3 Thora Kirkness. Honeysuckle – 1 and 2 Thora Kirkness, 3 Peggy Corsie. Marigold – 1 Mrs Craigie, 2 Mrs Marwick, 3 Jas. Gibson. Geraniums – 1, 2 and 3 Evelyn Clouston. Stocks – 1 Mrs Craigie, 2 Jas. Gibson. Chrysanthemums – 1 Dorothy Mainland, 2 and 3 Mrs H. I. Gibson. Marguerites – 1, 2 and 3 Thora Kirkness. Mimulus – 1 and 2 Dorothy Mainland, 3 Peggy Corsie. Nemesia – 1 Mrs Marwick, 2 and 3 Peggy Corsie. Aconites – 1 Peggy Corsie. Sweet Williams – 1 and 2 Ann Lyon, 3 Annie M. Craigie. Candytuft – 1 Mrs Marwick, 2 and 3 Thora Kirkness. Nemophila – 1 and 3 Thora Kirkness, 2 Mrs Marwick. Forget-me-not – 1 Mrs J. W. Grieve, 2 and 3 Dorothy Mainland. Virginian Stock – 1 Mrs Marwick, 2 and 3 Thora Kirkness. Night-scented Stock – 1 and 2 Thora Kirkness. Roses – 1 James Gibson, 2 Ann Lyon, 3 Mrs Craigie. Rambler Roses – 1 Ann Lyon. Veronica – 1 Thora Kirkness, 2 and 3 Dorothy Mainland. Escholtzia – 1, 2 and 3 Thora Kirkness. Single Begonia – 1 Mrs Marwick. Dahlia – 1 James Gibson. Violas – 1 and 2 James Gibson, 3 Mrs Grieve. Pansies – 1 and 2 James Gibson, 3 Mrs Marwick. Nasturtium – 1 and 2 James Gibson. Sweet Peas – 1 Mrs Marwick. Asters – 1 James Gibson. Bouquet of Wild Flowers – 1 Dorothy Mainland, 2 Bertie Grieve, 3 Evelyn Clouston.

SPECIAL PRIZES. – Cauliflowers – Hugh Yorston; most points in vegetable section Hugh Yorston. Bowl of Cut Flowers – Mrs Craigie. Rose Bowl from Messrs Cumming & Spence, merchants, Kirkwall, for salt and fresh butter – Mrs A. M. Sinclair, Langskaill. Medal from Messrs James Flett & Sons, merchants, Kirkwall for most points in dairy produce – Mrs A. M. Sinclair. Case of Silver Teaspoons from Mrs W. G. Grant of Trumland for best butter – Miss Minnie Reid. Prize from Messrs J. F. Groundwater, merchants, Kirkwall, for bere bannocks – Mabel Sinclair. Prize from Mr James Linklater, merchant, Dounby, for Oatcakes – Dorothy Mainland. Prize from Mr Wm. T. Moncrieff (the judge), Kirkwall, for Swiss Roll – Jean Donaldson. Prize from James Flett & Sons, Kirkwall, for Currant Bun – Mabel Sinclair. Prize from The Leonards, stationers, Kirkwall, for most points in baking – Alice Mainland. Prize from Mr George Newlands, Kirkwall, for Sweet Milk Cheese – Mrs H. I. Gibson. Prize from Mr George Newlands for Pot of Preserves – Mrs Craigie (Furse). Prize from Mr James T. Norn, Kirkwall, for Eggs – Mrs J. Craigie, jr. (Breck). Prize from Mr John Kemp, jeweller, Kirkwall, for Vase of Cut Flowers – Mrs Craigie (Furse). Prize from P. C. Flett & Co., Kirkwall, for Cauliflower – Hugh Yorston. Prize from Mr George Reid, chemist, Kirkwall, for most points in vegetable section – Hugh Yorston. Prize from G. Rendall & Co., for Handiwork – Mrs H. I. Gibson. Prize from Mr Geo. T. Arthur, baker, Kirkwall, for Plain Knitting – Thora Kirkness. Prize from Messrs P. L. Johnston & Son, merchants, Stromness, for Most Points in Industrial Section – Mrs H. I. Gibson. Prize from Mr James Gibson for Handwriting – Robert Grieve. Prize from Miss Lydia A. Robertson, merchant, Kirkwall, for School Sewing – Edith Gibson. Prize from R. Garden, Ltd., for Most Entries – Mrs M. Kirkness, Quoyostray.

DAIRY PRODUCE AND PRESERVES. – Cheese – 1 and 3 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 2 Alice Mainland. Hen Egg (brown) – 1 and 2 Mrs Craigie, jr., Breck; 3 Mrs Seatter. Hen Eggs (white) – 1 Alice Mainland, 2 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 3 Mrs Seatter. Duck Eggs 1 and 2 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 3 Sally Linklater. Fresh Butter – 1 and 2 Mrs A. M. Sinclair, 3 Minnie Reid. Salt Butter – 1 Minnie Reid, 2 and 3 Mrs A. M. Sinclair. Table Butter – 1 and 2 Mrs A. M. Sinclair, 3 Minnie Reid. Preserves – Apricot Jam – 1, 2 and 3 Thora Kirkness. Black Currant Jam – 1 Mrs T. Sinclair, 2 Thora Kirkness, 3 Mrs Craigie (Furse). Strawberry Jam – 1 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 2 and 3 Alice Mainland. Rhubarb and Ginger Jam – 1 Alice Mainland, 2 R. A. Inkster, 3 Thora Kirkness. Rhubarb and Fig Jam – 1 Mrs H. I. Gibson, 2 Mrs Walls, 3 Alice Mainland. Apricot and Pineapple Jam – 1, 2 and 3 Thora Kirkness. Grapefruit Marmalade – 1, 2 and 3 Thora Kirkness. Black Currant Jelly – 1 and 2 Mrs Craigie, 3 Alice Mainland. Lemon Curd – 1 and 2 Alice Mainland. Gooseberry Jam – 1, 2 and 3 Miss A. E Craigie. Apple Chutney – 1, 2 and 3 Thora Kirkness.

1937 August 25 Orkney Herald



That it’s always a good day for the Sourin Picnic has become almost proverbial. Friday, 20th inst., was certainly in keeping with this legend. Down at the field of Banks, kindly granted by Mr Robert Seatter, spectators in the lee of the dykes enjoyed the brilliant sunshine, while there was a slight breeze to keep the competitors from becoming overheated. Gay flags marked the course for the runners; below, the blue sea flashed and flickered in the sun; across the water, the Egilshay Kirk stood sharp and clear; such delightful surroundings helped to make the day pass pleasantly and successfully.

After a drink of milk and a jammy cookie at 1 p.m., the children had their sports, Messrs J. W. Grieve and J. Harrold acting as starters. At 4 p.m., old and young had milk and cookies and biscuits. Half an hour later, when the adults’ sports commenced, it was clearly evident that the fight for the men’s championship was to be well worth watching. Though the entries for the ladies’ medal was disappointing, the men put up the best show since the championship was instituted. The long distance race in the men’s championship, during which the fate of the medal was still in the balance, was probably one of the best races ever seen in Rousay. A splendid sprinting finish by William Grieve, Digro, gave him the race and the medal.

After a very enjoyable tea, Mr J. R. Wallace called on Miss [Margaret] Sutherland, the new teacher in Wasbister School, to present the prizes. Votes of thanks followed the prize-giving, and a break in the day’s proceedings allowed people time to attend to farm stock before the dance began. At the dance the same spirit of happiness was evident. After an interval for supper at 11, dancing continued with spirit until “Auld Lang Syne” at approximately 2 a.m., brought the Sourin Picnic to an end.

Music was willing and well supplied by Messrs J. Craigie, S. Craigie, H. I. Gibson, J. W. Grieve, J. Johnston, R. Johnston, and F. Moar on the fiddles, with Mesdames J. Craigie and J. Grieve, and Mr J. R. Wallace at the piano.

The Committee wish to express their thanks to all who helped in any way to add to the success of the day. The Committee were as follows: – Mesdames H. I. Gibson, J. Grieve, S. Inkster; Misses M. J. C. Cooper, M. Lyon, A. Mainland; Messrs H. I. Gibson, J. Grieve, J. W. Grieve, S. Inkster, T. Inkster, W. Inkster, J. Sabiston, and J. R. Wallace…..

1937 October 13 Orkney Herald

EVIE – AUTUMN DELIGHTS. – Though summer glories have departed, the countryside is not bereft of beauty. Autumn, with its air of rest and repose, its mists and mellow fruitfulness, is a delightful time. Mornings of sparkling dews and evenings crisp with frost, a harvest moon, dazzling in its apparent nearness – all appeal to one’s sense of beauty. October is a month of bright tints,  and if rough weather does not hasten decay, Nature paints the landscape and makes many pictures. Plenty of birds still hop about – feathered friends who live with us all the year round. These fill the air with their cheerful twittering, some of them pouring forth a stream of melody, such as the little wren, which retains its song through all weathers.

1937 November 10 Orkney Herald

MR WALTER G. GRANT was elected to the Board of Highland Distilleries Company at the annual meeting, held in Glasgow last week. The report, which recommended a final dividend of £7 per cent, and a bonus of 22½ per cent., both less tax at 5s in the £, payable on 11th inst., for the year ended August 31 last, was adopted. The sum of £5000 was set aside for depreciation, and a balance of £49,601 carried forward. The retiring directors – Messrs James Robertson & A. C. Robertson were re-elected.

1937 November 24 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – BADMINTON TOURNAMENT. – Rousay Badminton Club had their first tournament (mixed doubles) on Thursday, 11th inst., when ten couples competed for the honour – a shortage of lady members very regretfully keeping about half of the male members from entering. Play, especially towards the final, was of a remarkably high standard, when one considers the age of the club. It is rather interesting to note that the final was fought between an all-Rousay four – Miss M. Mainland, Westness, and Mr James K. Yorston, Frotoft, beat Miss T. Kirkness, Quoyostray, and Mr J. Craigie, Furse. The club hope to play off a tournament or drive during December.

EARL HAIG FUND. – School children in Rousay have been doing an act of kindness by selling poppies throughout the island. As a result of their efforts £4 2s 4½d has been forwarded to headquarters. Evelyn Clouston and Irene Hourie collected 13s 7d in Wasbister; David Gibson and James Pirie £1 15s 10d in Frotoft and the Brinian; Kathie Linklater, Dorothy Mainland, John Harcus and Andy Munro £1 12s 11½d in Sourin.

DISTRICT NURSING ASSOCIATION. – The first meeting of the above association was held in Sourin School on Saturday, 13th inst., when a committee was appointed and the preliminary steps taken. The committee was endowed with full powers to proceed with the necessary arrangements. A committee meeting is to be held in Sourin School on Saturday, 20th inst., at 3 p.m. The executive committee nominated was as follows: – President, Rev. R. R. Davidson, M.A.; vice-presidents, Fred T. Inkster, J.P., Greenfield, and Mrs M. M. Kirkness, Quoyostray; secretary and treasurer, Mrs J. R. Wallace, Sourin Schoolhouse; members of the committee: – Egilsay – Edward Seatter, Cott, and Mrs Inkster, Midskaill; Wyre – Mrs Flaws, Helziegetha, and W. Craigie, Rusness; Frotoft – Miss Mainland, Westness, and Miss Logie, Pier Cottage; Wasbister – Mrs D. Moar, Saviskaill, and Miss M. A. Inkster, Cogar; Sourin – Mrs J. Grieve, jr., Fa’doon, and Mrs H. Craigie, Scockness.

PRIZE DAY IN SOURIN SCHOOL. – On Wednesday, 10th inst., Dr Paterson, Brinian House, made “Maps” a most interesting talk when he visited Sourin School to present the prizes for the year 1936-37. He gave his subject colour by introducing true stories illustrating their many uses, and concluded by expressing the admiration he had always had for the clever men who made maps. These men, he said, clever though they undoubtedly were, had started at the very beginning and had learned the simple tables just as the boys and girls at Sourin School were doing. No matter what a boy or girl wanted to be when he or she grew up, lessons were of great importance to all. Dr Paterson then presented the School Management Committee prizes for attendance, the teachers’ prizes for merit, the Oxo pen for the Oxo painting competition, and the certificate for the Lifeboat Institution essay. On the call of Mr J. R. Wallace, Dr Paterson was given a hearty vote of thanks for his talk and for presenting the prizes. After the prize giving, the pupils had tea with plenty of good things, through the kindness of the Rousay S.W.R.I., followed by sweets from Miss Mary Marwick, Kirkwall. The following is the prize list: – Attendance prizes – Perfect attendance – Dorothy Mainland and Ernest Mainland; good attendance – Edith H. Gibson. Merit prizes – A.D. III – 1 Ann Lyon, 2 Archer Clouston; A.D. I – 1 Edith Gibson, 2 John Harcus; Sen. II – Ernest Mainland; Jun. I – George Grieve; Jun. II – Thelma Shearer; Inf. I – Edward Seatter; Inf. I (reading) – Margaret Corsie; Inf. I (sums) – James Harcus; Inf. I (improvement) – Hugh Munro; Oxo painting competition (seniors) – Kathleen Linklater; (juniors) – Thelma Shearer; Lifeboat essay certificate – John C. Seatter.

1937 December 15 Orkney Herald

ROUSAY – NATIONAL BIBLE SOCIETY. – The honorary treasurer, Mr W. J. Heddle, Kirkwall, begs to acknowledge the sum of £4 12s, being the amount collected in the island of Rousay on behalf of the above Society for the current year, and to thank Mr James S. Gibson, Hullion, and the following collectors: – Misses Sutherland, Gibson, and Mr J. R. Wallace, for their services.

1937 December 15 The Scotsman

FOR SALE by Public Roup on Monday, 17th January 1938, at 12 o’clock noon, within the office of Messrs MACRAE & ROBERTSON, Solicitors, Commercial Bank Buildings, Kirkwall, the Holding of MIDGITHA or MIDGARTH, with the Strip of Land formerly part of the Farm of Knarston, in the Parish of Rousay and Egilshay and County of Orkney. There is a substantial Two-Storey Dwelling-House of Six Apartments on the Holding. Assessed Rental, £3 10s.; Rateable Value, 10s. Entry at the term of Candlemas 1938. UPSET PRICE, £300. For further particulars apply to JAMES C. MORRICE, Solicitor, Fraserburgh: or the said Macrae & Robertson, who will exhibit the Title Deeds and Articles of Roup.