“Donald and Roseanna had eight children, the oldest of whom would have been aged 18 and the youngest aged 5 at the time of Donald’s death”
“With so little wind from an easterly quarter, virtually all of the unusual/interesting sightings have been surprises. Just how bird-watching should be!”
“A public dinner in Robert Learmonth’s honour was held at Samson’s Lane in Stronsay on 15th December 1857 “
In the August edition of The Stronsay Limpet , an excellent read wherever you are, there is a report from the Stronsay Plastic Recycling Trial .
The single rarity – so far – was amazingly found feeding in the same field as the (much rarer) Ross’s Gull seen in late Spring – a Rosy Starling (in moult) between Springwell and the Rothiesholm School on 21st August.
The ‘Improving Lairds’ and the Learmonths of Housebay: Robert, followed by his son Donald Horne Learmonth.Part 2
From Records of a bygone age by Ian Cooper
The ‘Improving Lairds’ and the Learmonths of Housebay: Robert Followed by His Son Donald Horne Learmonth
“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.”
“Once again there have been a few unusual migrants in late May and early June, but which species we are likely to see is always impossible to guess.”
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.
“Since we arrived on Stronsay in 1987 we have been waiting for one particular bird species to turn up here.”