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Swartland Cottage, South Walls

Swartland Cottage, South Walls. Just visible among the trees.
June 2013.
Picture added on 30 September 2015 at 21:35
Presumably occupied by someone (and there are a few others in Orkney) who couldn't stand looking at a view.
Using vegetation as a windbreak is one thing; blotting out the world is another.
Added by Ian Hourston on 30 September 2015
As most residents of Hoy will know this is of course North Walls. My mistake.
Added by Neil Johnstone on 01 October 2015
I had relatives who lived there for many years and I can remember it without the surrounding trees.
Added by Neil Johnstone on 06 October 2015
Swartland is further up the road above this house .. I always knew this house as the Smiddy.. but maybe someone has renamed it

Added by Jimmy Hamilton on 06 October 2015
Maybe you are right Jimmy. Time does tend to play tricks on the memory. The name was Omand if this is familiar to you.
Added by Neil Johnstone on 07 October 2015
Was this possibly called Little Ayre in past times too?
Added by Jane Harris on 18 October 2015
It was always just "the Pringle's hoose" to me. The trees looked fine back then. Heather Upfold lived there after the Pringle's if I mind right. Not long after Mary died Johnny Pringle went to stay in a Masonic Residential Home.
Added by Beryl Simpson on 25 October 2015
yes Neil I remember Mary and Johnnie well .... and the Park was where the Omands stayed, still known by the older folk as Omands..there were only a few trees there in my young days and a privet hedge along the roadside always neat and tidy , not a leaf out of place..
Added by Jimmy Hamilton on 01 November 2015
Remember visiting Pringles with mum and dad. From maps Little Ayre was around that corner and had a smiddy at one point. Little North Seatter is the other place I'd like to locate. Only mentioned in 1841 census and inhabited by family who were later at Little Ayre. Must have been somewhere in that general area as North Seatter and Greenquoy were very near or possibly the same place.
Added by Jane Harris on 03 November 2015
Johnnie and Mary were my Dad's relatives (James Johnston Omand) - Mary was an Omand before she married. Does the Park still exist, and where was/ is it exactly?
Added by Rosemary Hogg on 16 April 2018
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