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LAM Robertson's, Victoria Street, Kirkwall

Sent in by David Mackie of Orkney Archives who writes:
'I've attached an image of L.A.M. Robertson's shop in Victoria Street,
Kirkwall. This is in relation to an ongoing discussion regarding picture #1302 on the site.

The attached photograph is dated 10 February 1958. It also states
that Lydia Ann Robertson was born at Hunclett, Rousay.'
Picture added on 07 March 2006
What are Fancy Goods?
Added by Bruce Moar on 07 March 2006
L.A.M is Lydia Ann Marwick Robertson. Her mother Jean was Alexander and Isabella (Gibson) Marwick's daughter from Corse, Rousay. Jean married James Robertson in Hunclet. Does anyone have any pictures or info regarding Corse, Rousay?
Added by Debbie Michigan USA on 08 March 2006
The woman in the doorway is my mother the late ileen Mair nee Sutherland. She worked to Lam Robertson from the age of 14 until Lam closed shop I think probably about 1960
Added by sheena spence on 09 April 2006
I did know her. I remember her when my mum worked for her. I should have some photos among my mothers old ones, but it will probably take me some time to find.
Added by sheena spence on 10 April 2006
Sheena, did you know Lydia Robertson? She is my fourth cousin. Do you have any more pictures of the shop or of Lydia.......Debbie Michigan USA
Added by Debbie Fulks Michigan USA on 10 April 2006
Sheena, if it isn't too much trouble that would be nice. I didn't know Lydia. When my mother was a little girl Lydia used to send her gifts at Christmas. My mother didn't know her either. Lydia would write to my grandfather. (He was from Scotland) I have one of the letters she sent to him. Thanks for all your help. Debbie USA
Added by Debbie Fulks Michigan USA on 12 April 2006
Seeing this picture brought back memories of childhood visits to Lydia's shop - a magical treasure-trove of wonderful things! It was a highlight of 'a day in the toon' fae Melster. My mother appeared to know Lydia - I know that they always yarned on beyond the limits of my patience!
Added by David Watters on 03 June 2011
My parents were from Rousay too, and I remember that magical feelng also when going to LAM Robertson's shop at Christmas with my mother. Another shop we went to at this time was Mrs Wilson's at the corner of Broad St and Tankerness Lane, although this was for more ordinary stuff I think like elastic or thread.
Added by Margaret Kemp on 24 September 2011
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