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Mystery couple

Looking for information on this handsome couple. The photograph was found in a box of old family photographs but no one has any idea who they are. They could be from Burray on one side of the family or Westray on the other side? Date is unknown but clothing would suggest late 1800's maybe.
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Picture added on 25 January 2012 at 11:48
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I can’t help with the identity of the couple but I was interested that the photo was taken by Sinclair, Kirkwall. Jemima Sinclair was described in the 1881 census as a Photographers Assistant age 19 living with her parents in Victoria Street. Was she one of the 2 girls employed by John B Russell? (see my comments on picture #26060) By 1891 she was described as a Photographer and in 1901 she appears to be working along with her sister Carrie who was also a Photographer. I could find no trace of them in 1911 – did they marry, or leave Orkney?
In 1891 there was a further entry for a Janet H Sinclair living with her family in Queen Street, who was a Photographers Assistant born in Thurso, although her parents were both born in Kirkwall.

Added by Cathleen Spence on 25 January 2012
Jemima Sinclair, b. 28 November 1862, sailed from Liverpool to New York aboard the SS Lusitania on 28 May 1910, when he trail goes cold. The 1911 Census shows Carrie (given name Caroline) housekeeper to Archibald Sinclair, her older brother, in Finchley, North London.
Added by Peter Groundwater Russell on 01 September 2021
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