“uniformly of the finest quality of deep land, a good clay loam, and they are farmed in a style that cannot be surpassed anywhere in the kingdom.”
A Boating Tragedy at Burgh Head: Records of a Bygone Age
One fine summer’s evening many years ago, on Thursday 15th May 1862, James Brown, a blacksmith from the cottage of Hunday in Stronsay, and farm servant Peter Miller, also from Hunday, decided to go on a fishing trip off the nearby headland of Burgh Head.
Gaan tae the spoots – Part 2
“A couple of weeks ago, I decided I would need to do my bit to preserve one of the old Orcadian traditions and go to the spoots.”
Gaan Tae The Spoots – Part 1
Strictly speaking this isn’t a record of a bygone age at all, as ‘gaan tae the spoots’ is still a pastime enjoyed by a dedicated but seemingly ever decreasing group of folk, although apparently not taken as seriously as in days of yore.
The Loss of the Barque Agil in 1877
“There is quite an intriguing story behind the stranding and loss of the 215 ton Canadian three-masted barque Agil almost 150 years ago and the events which followed.”
100 years of the Stronsay Agricultural Society – Part 1
“As enthusiasm for the show gathered momentum, wood and rope was purchased to make stock pens, donations of cups for prize-winners were sought and judges found, with arrangements put in place for the ‘steamer’ to call along Stronsay with invited guests and visitors on ‘Show Day’.”
The ‘Harvest’ Home
“The importance of a successful harvest and the holding of festivals to celebrate this have been going on for thousands of years all over the world”
The Wreck of the Charlotte: Records of a Bygone Age
On 2nd of February 1883, the Bremen registered barque Charlotte left Antwerp bound for New York with a cargo of pig iron, steel wire and a large number of empty petroleum casks.
Ammunition Disposal Island Style!
” a rather strange event that occurred more than fifty years after the end of the war and the disbanding of the Home Guard.”
1st Orkney – The Stronsay Boy Scouts Group
“One of the main driving forces in starting up the Stronsay Scouts was James Sinclair Gorie”