Orkney Image Library

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Click to View The Orkney Image Library contains images and anecdotes about the area. There are 11904 pictures and 22574 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
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Mystery house or croft

I am interested to find out more about this house/croft. I presume it is on the island of Sanday and the photograph would have been taken around 1954 when my parents took a trip to Sanday. If it helps, my great grandfather was Thomas Peace born 14 D...

11904 pictures | 22574 comments
Mystery house or croft
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Birthday 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 4/4Regalia 3/4Regalia 2/4Regalia 1/4Sheep in Burray 3/3Sheep in Burray 2/3Sheep in Burray 1/3Launch of Electric Mother Volume 1Launch of Electric Mother Volume 1Launch of Electric Mother Volume 1St Michael's, Harray  St Michael's, Harray  St Michael's, Harray  Something to contemplate...David Cromarty Thomson,Born 1874Groundwaters at Scorriedale 2Groundwaters at ScorriedaleLizzie Ann Thomson Smith (nee Wilson)Staff of Melsetter House c. 1946'Hamnavoe' 2016Annie Shearer Grayson, StronsayRosemary Topp and BS 1565KGS Primary 7 - 1957KGS Primary 4 - 1955KGS Primary 3 - 1954KGS Primary (Infants) 1 - 1952HMS Duncan over the HMS Hampshire wreckStenness Loch taken from Voy BraeNess of Brodgar from StennessBrig O'WaitheFrom Brinkies Brae, 1970Telephoto picture from Howe RoadKirkwall Viking Youth Club early 1960s?Sailing in StromnessMystery regatta trophy winnersMystery personAnnie Shearer Grayson, StronsayMystery ladiesMystery groupMystery personMystery workersSunrise from Whitehouse StromnessSunrise from Whitehouse StromnessOutside Astley Cottage, ShapinsayJames Robertson of Hunclett in RousayRobertson or Wood family?Frotoft school house, Rousay#7 Frotoft or Grips, RousayThe Coupers from StromnessOrkney Masons visit Shetland by planeUnveiling of Kirkwall and St Ola War MemorialWarriors' Day Kirkwall 1921Seaforth Highlanders outside KGS, 1917
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Robert Jarvie is also my great grandfather. Anoth...Is anyone related to Magnus Heddle ? Magnus Heddle...Far end of St Catherine's Place if walking towards... I THINK THIS IS A PICTURE OF THE KIRKWALL POST OF...View from the 'top' of the part of Brinkie's Brae ...K264 was named ErgoUsed to sail on the St Ola 11 in the. fifties as m...K324 Lizzie Jane owned by Robert Wylie & John Ande...I am hoping that this photo will help me to connec...My grandmother, Georgetta Flett, is standing third...Staff of Kirkwall Post Office (when it was in the ...My Mom told me about a MIZPAH brooch, her own or p...Will this be Rockworks Camp? I remember Metal Indu...The man standing to the left of Jack Foubister is ...Jon Moore would you please get in touch with me or...The Ship is ST MAGNUS 2 she was sold for scrap in ...Having found the old Mizpah brooch I'll submit a p...But can we be assured her name was JUNIATA Chris? ...Hi Vivienne, Wonder if you could kindly make a co...I will also be attending the 100th anniversary on ...The ship in the picture at the end of Kirkwall air...What happened to the blockships?The late Alan had a great sense of humour, and of ...Vive la Vie could also (and probably does) mean Lo...Ages ago, when I first went 'on the wards' as a me...Aren't my earrings just fabulous?My grandmothers maiden name was Arra Goodfellow Du...Beats drowning.Not a railing in sight. Wait till the wall is buil...I was second radio officer on the Salveda in 1949....The local newspapers have lots of photos of the Nu...Re dates - it is possible that they could be a yea...I will be attending the 100th anniversary on the 9...Could photos 28276-7-8 be an year later than state...Fourth from right second back row Kathleen Swanney...Forth from left second front row Kathleen Swanney ...second from right on second front row is Kathleen ...The gentleman on the second back row first from th...THe house on the corner is Anchor Cottage. THe for...I have "blown up" the picture and although still i...
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