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Stromness Secondary School lapel badge

Picture taken today, but when does this enamelled lapel badge date from?
This picture has some bearing on picture #23712 and the comments it attracted. Here we have the crest that Graham Garson mentioned, a similarity to the medal from Holm West School that Jacquie Murphy referred to, and the same number of oars Jim G counted on that medal.
Picture added on 20 April 2010 at 12:25
Could this have been a dux medal which was issued to outstanding pupils. Stopped issuing just before the war began in 1939?
Added by Jack on 27 April 2010
Don't think it's a medal, Jack - just a lapel-badge from Stromness Secondary School (ie before it became Stromness Academy). The academy went on awarding Dux medals into the early 1960s I believe.

Added by Ian Hourston on 29 April 2010
The centre of this badge show the coat of arms adopted by Stromness Town Council in the 19th century, presumably at some point after the town was erected into a Burgh of Barony in 1817, and a Police Burgh in 1833. The Marquis of Bute, in his 1903 book on civic heraldry states that it was based on the design of the Arms of the 'Erle of Orkney of Auld' found in Sir David Lindsay's armorial. He goes on to say that 'Although we desire to say nothing which may indicate approval of the unauthorised adoption of heraldic insignia, we cannot help remark that this coat supplies a modern instance of a treatment at once dignified, tasteful, and appropriate ...'

Arms based on this design were granted by the Lord Lyon to Stromness Community Council in 1985.
Added by Bruce Gorie on 18 June 2010
Your quite right. My Brother in laws both got dux medals from the Holm West school and the last one was awarded around this time. I am hoping to get a photo of the dux medal in due course which I will put on this site.
Added by Jack Harcus on 23 June 2010
This is not the full Stromness coat of arms. There should be a set of scales or balances underneath the dragon ship symbolising Alexander Graham's struggle to free places like Stromness from the taxation claims of bigger towns such as Kirkwall.
Added by Mike Clouston on 23 August 2013
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