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bank employees, Kirkwall

These men were employees of the Commercial Bank, Kirkwall in approx. 1900. Front row, second from left is William Marwick Maxwell.
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Picture added on 15 January 2009
Is that not John Mooney sitting in the middle? If so, I don't think these can be Commercial Bank employees (he worked for R. Garden). According to Peace's Almanac, Mooney was President of the Church of Scotland Guild (at that time an organisation for young men). He was also involved in the Young Men's Literary Association. Notice they are all wearing buttonholes. I wonder why.
Added by Paul Sutherland on 17 January 2009
I stand corrected. William was with the Bank, so I was making a presumption. Obviously an erroneous presumption. William Maxwell died of TB aged 32 and, according to his death notice `took a great interest in Temperance` and and also took interest in the Poor-house, attending services there on Sunday evenings.
I am now curious to know more about this group photo.
Added by Clare on 20 January 2009
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