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Kirkwall Grammar School

Picture added on 05 December 2003
I have names for most of the pupils in this photo if anyone is interested.
Added by Marion McLeod on 07 December 2003
yes i am
Added by becky on 07 October 2004
Names I have are as follows -
Back row - ?, ? Sclater, ? Buchan, Thelma Spence, George Ross, ?, Jock Bews, ?, Dougie Laird.
2nd row down [all standing] - ? Kelday, Rhoda Leonard, ?, Tommy Hutchison, Nan Duncan, Bertie Stockan, ?, Tucker Laird, ? Eunson, ?, Bella Borwick, Charlie Wick, Thora Jolly, ? Merriman.
3rd row down [all sitting] - Kenny Sutherland, ?, ?, Iris Norn, Ernie Wishart, Alsion Sinclair, Jacky Groundwater, Marjory Linklater, Harrold Linklater, Sheila Norn, ?.
bottom row - ?, ?, Hilda Bain, ? Learmonth, ?, Marjory Peace, ? Smith, Kathy Stevens, ? Matches, ? Bolt, ?, ?.

Can anyone help with the blank names or corrections please. My Dad was Ernie Wishart [the cheeky chap in the centre!] born 1920 so the others in the photo would have been about the same age.
Added by Marion McLeod on 05 June 2005
Yes I would like to know if my father Douglas Tait is in this photo - born in Kirkwall in 1918 he would have been in school then?
Added by Maureen Fjeld on 05 June 2005
Marion, really thrilled to see this picture, which my mum passed onto me. She thinks the year might be incorrect, as family members Iris Norn was born 1921 and Sheila (Norn) in 1923. She thought they looked older than 6 and 4 years of age. Their mother, Dolly Norn, was until recently the oldest citizen on Orkney (she died on Christmas Eve, aged 104!).

One of mum's words of advice: "Always smile - you never know where your photo might turn up!"

Added by Gilly Robinson on 22 June 2005
I thought my father looked older than age 7 in this too but it was he who said it was 1927. I think he looks a few years older so maybe the photo is 1928/9. I remember dolly norn well.
Added by marion mcleod on 28 June 2005
We are very interested in the Norn connection - several of my husband's ancestors came from the Orkney's and we have been hunting for a family contact there. Would dearly love to hear from any of the Norn clan - our email is: [email protected] and we live in Crescent Valley, B.C. Canada. We have a Sheila in our family too!
Dan and Jan Norn
Added by Dan and Jan Norn on 09 March 2006
The girl second from the left in the back row is my aunt Jean Sclater. She was born (I think) in 1923. I don't think this photo can date from 1927 - I would say about 1930 or a bit later.
Added by Elizabeth Copp on 31 October 2007
Bottom row 5th from left Margaret Rendall, my grandmother
Added by Polly Sullivan on 17 August 2010
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