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Picture added on 09 February 2010 at 16:09
In 1891 my gt grandfather John Croy was a cattleman at Housebay. In the 1901 census there are 11 households listed at Housebay but the men are all described as ploughmen, cattlemen etc. Who was the new owner? My gt grandfather was kicked by a horse and his injuries meant he had to leave that employment and came to Kirkwall with his family where he had a dairy on Junction Road.
Anonymous comment added on 09 February 2010
I would be interested to learn more about John Croy. Maybe he was a relative. In the 1901 census there were indeed 11 households with some houses having more than one worker in them. The Housebay sheep were always kept at Cleat so the shepherd and one horseman lived there. Housebay was rented by the Learmonth family. After they left it was rented by Wm Stevenson Holland. He owned Hatston and rented Holland, Housebay, Huip and Hammerbrake
Added by Jim Cooper on 10 February 2010
Thanks Jim. I'll email you some info on John Croy in a day or so. Don't know why my last comment appeared as anonymous.

Added by Cathleen Spence on 14 February 2010
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