Tragedies

Island communities were only too familiar with loss of life at sea, not least fishermen. North Walls and Brims were no exception. In many cases more than one person was drowned, sometimes from the same family group; the death of the breadwinner made the consequences even worse. The loss of the Longhope Lifeboat with the  |  more…

Schools and teachers – North Walls and Brims, Orkney

I’ve added a few new pages to my one-place study. They are: The General Assembly School – opened 1867, still standing. Includes a list of local people who attended meetings about building this new school. List of schoolmasters and teachers – more names needed. Can you help fill in the gaps? School photos from the  |  more…

Women’s work – North Walls & Brims, 1911 census

Here I’m looking at women’s work for those aged 15 and over; an earlier post looked at employment overall in North Walls and Brims, Orkney.1School leaving age was 14 in 1911 and both female 14 year olds were described as ‘scholars’. Of 203 females in North Walls and Brims, 145 were aged 15 and over,  |  more…

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