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Orkney Masons visit Shetland by plane

I have inserted the available info on the foot of the photo. The picture was among those belonging to my late grandad (Lindsay Robertson) or great grandad (J W Robertson) both of Lerwick, Shetland. It was my grandad who supplied the names of those in the picture he could recall. Supposedly taken in the early 1930s/late 20s. I thought this may perhaps be of more interest down in Orkney than home here in Shetland.

[Thanks Jane! - Steven]
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Picture added on 18 October 2016 at 22:43
I think the third from the left is Mr John Sclater
Added by Joey Tait on 23 October 2016
On the left is Rev. William Barclay, Minister of St Magnus Cathedral, next him the Ven. Archdeacon E. V. Kissack of St Olaf's Episcopal Church, then John Sclater, draper, Albert Street and John Ross, dentist, Watergate. I think second from the right may be James McDonald. Ross was Provincial Grand Master of Orkney and Zetland from 1930 to 1935. On his last visit to Shetland in that capacity, in March 1935, he commented that it involved a sea voyage of ten hours, but he hoped that with the advent of an air service it would soon be possible to do it in an hour. The air service actually started the following year, but there is no record of Ross and the others in the photo paying a masonic visit north then (and Barclay moved away from Orkney that year). So how to explain the photo? I think that although it was given to a Shetland mason, it does not show a Shetland visit. I suspect it shows Ross and his delegation paying a visit to the Stronsay lodge, air services to the North Isles having commenced in August 1934.
Added by Paul Sutherland on 26 October 2016
Breek legs ahoy
Added by Any port on 28 October 2016
You are right Joey. 3rd from left IS John Sclater of the Draper shop.
And it should be Archdeacon KISSACK of St Olaf's Church in Dundas Crescent
Added by David Partner on 02 November 2016
Ooh, that is definitely David Marwick on the far right...my grandad. I always knew him as Dee Dee!
Added by Morag Potter on 02 November 2016
My husband's father Bob Spence who owned Cumming & Spence.
Added by Cathleen Spence on 06 November 2016
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