Orkney Image Library

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Click to View The Orkney Image Library contains images and anecdotes about the area. There are 11939 pictures and 22642 comments on the site for you to browse through. Images can be viewed by YEAR, by ALBUM, by GROUP, or by CONTRIBUTOR, or you can use the simple SEARCH at the top of this page.
Please note! Orkneycommunities is not in the position to authorise use of these pictures on other sites or in other publications. Any such use should only be with the agreement of the contributor and/or copyright holder! And... I'm sure you can understand why anonymous comments are unlikely to be published.
Handy hints If you want to check up on new additions, use the Additions link above to see what's been added recently. Or use the 5-10-20-50 option to expand all the boxes below- it isn't just for the comments. You can now upload your own images directly using the form further down the page. It's dead easy, just hit the 'Browse' button and find the picture on your own computer that you wish to upload, then hit 'Upload' to send it. Note that when you are asked for the year the picture was taken it HAS to be a four digit number like 1965 and NOT something like 1960ish. If you are unsure of the date just give it your best guess. If you are timed out when uploading you might need to reduce the sizes of the pictures so that the filesize is no more than approx. 1.2MB If you have any problems just contact us at contact@orkneycommunities.co.uk
When viewing the pictures, PLEASE leave your own comments using the form at the foot of each page. You might know a face, a date or a story about the photo. In this way we will continue to build an extensive collection of information, reminiscences and anecdotes about Orkney that is easily accessible to everyone. Orkneycommunities.co.uk was part funded by Orkney Enterprise and LEADER+, and now is a wholly self-sustaining community enterprise.
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Sammy and Hugh Johnston, Braeside

1967~02 Sammy and Hugh Johnston at Braeside, Longhope, Hoy

11939 pictures | 22642 comments
Sammy and Hugh Johnston, Braeside
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Johnstons at Braeside, LonghopeFree pass to HoutonAerial view of KirkwallDoorway to The Gallery, Bridge StreetScaffolding on Cathedral west frontConstruction of new cathedral spireCathedral from ButtquoySt Magnus Cathedral pre restorationSt Magnus Cathedral pre restorationJohn JohnstonJohn JohnstonPaterson UF Church, KirkwallFree Kirk, King Street, KirkwallInside St Olaf's church after addition of towerSt Olaf's after addition of towerSt Olaf's before towerDamaged wall, 50 Albert StreetDamaged wall, 50 Albert StreetDedication of War MemorialGarsons in Stavanger 1964Dance News April 18 1942Death notice of Sandy SinclairJim and Alex Sinclair from LonghopeMystery oarsman, mystery boatChains of officeMystery men at/in Longhope?The Jarvie Sisters 1915Visit of Norse Association of Bergen 4/5Visit of Norse Association of Bergen 4/5Visit of Norse Association of Bergen 3/5Visit of Norse Association of Bergen 2/5Visit of Norse Association of Bergen 1/5Mystery gent in a mugshotMystery gent in a fieldMystery gentleman on a motorbikeMystery house or croftBirthday creepieHeadstone of James Macgregor and daughter EthelSunday Divisions at HMS Sparrowhawk, March 1942Grant's Shop, St Catherine's PlaceCosta schoolMizpah broochHarray School picnicSunset over Kirkwall June 2016Staff of Kirkwall Post OfficeBefore the barriersShearers and GroundwatersRegalia 4/4
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99% sure the son is my Grandfather, James JohnstonCorrection to my 18 June note ... WJ was the son o...My grandmother Alice Winter (nee Jarvie). Alice is...This was fun to find! She is my husbands great gre...Wow! I am over the moon to find the pic of WJ. Thr...This is the property which latterly housed R Garde...Yes Mr Turnbull- was my grandfather- and he was a...What an old photo A good photo. I do see the Johnston features. As I said Paul, my eyesight's not what it was. (Ne...If you could manage to pick out the names of the p...Whatever's in that bottle could be very 'long-date...Hi Steven...Dates are more like 1914 (left)and 191...Fourth from the left is Norman SlaterI should have spotted the location but I recognise...I can confirm that the older two folk on the right...The date is probably about right Steven. The tower...Fairly confident now upon reviewing other pictures...Thank you! My Great Grandparents Archibald and Ros...A bit later than 1910, Steven - my eyesight's not ...I have some of the music once used by J Flett, org...Hugh Sinclair Yorston was born in Rousay in 1922 a...Kenny Sinclair, I've been mulling over your commen...I helped install the plant shown in 1963 when I wa...Fairly confident its the same man in picture #2832...I would say this photograph was taken outside Bob ...This man has a Johnstone look about him with a lon...Agreed, simply on the basis of similar facial feat...pretty sure its the same gent as in picture #28319Ok probably not him then! Looking at other photos ...
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