Orkney Image Library

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Click to View The Orkney Image Library contains images and anecdotes about the area. There are 11949 pictures and 22673 comments on the site for you to browse through. Images can be viewed by YEAR, by ALBUM, by GROUP, or by CONTRIBUTOR, or you can use the simple SEARCH at the top of this page.
Please note! Orkneycommunities is not in the position to authorise use of these pictures on other sites or in other publications. Any such use should only be with the agreement of the contributor and/or copyright holder! And... I'm sure you can understand why anonymous comments are unlikely to be published.
Handy hints If you want to check up on new additions, use the Additions link above to see what's been added recently. Or use the 5-10-20-50 option to expand all the boxes below- it isn't just for the comments. You can now upload your own images directly using the form further down the page. It's dead easy, just hit the 'Browse' button and find the picture on your own computer that you wish to upload, then hit 'Upload' to send it. Note that when you are asked for the year the picture was taken it HAS to be a four digit number like 1965 and NOT something like 1960ish. If you are unsure of the date just give it your best guess. If you are timed out when uploading you might need to reduce the sizes of the pictures so that the filesize is no more than approx. 1.2MB If you have any problems just contact us at contact@orkneycommunities.co.uk
When viewing the pictures, PLEASE leave your own comments using the form at the foot of each page. You might know a face, a date or a story about the photo. In this way we will continue to build an extensive collection of information, reminiscences and anecdotes about Orkney that is easily accessible to everyone. Orkneycommunities.co.uk was part funded by Orkney Enterprise and LEADER+, and now is a wholly self-sustaining community enterprise.
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Painting of George Thomas Mainland born 1811

This is a watercolour painting of George Thomas Mainland born 1811 in Middlesex, England. He was the son of George Mainand born 1773 at Testaquoy, Wyre and whose parents were Alexander Mainland and Isabel Morwick/Marwick. I think this portrait would...

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 Painting of George Thomas Mainland born 1811
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James Thomson, JoinerVisiting yachts from LossiemouthMystery gymnastics teamSammy and Hugh Johnston, BraesideJohnstons at Braeside, LonghopeFree pass to HoutonAerial view of KirkwallDoorway to The Gallery, Bridge StreetScaffolding on Cathedral west frontConstruction of new cathedral spireCathedral from ButtquoySt Magnus Cathedral pre restorationSt Magnus Cathedral pre restorationJohn JohnstonJohn JohnstonPaterson UF Church, KirkwallFree Kirk, King Street, KirkwallInside St Olaf's church after addition of towerSt Olaf's after addition of towerSt Olaf's before towerDamaged wall, 50 Albert StreetDamaged wall, 50 Albert StreetDedication of War MemorialGarsons in Stavanger 1964Dance News April 18 1942Death notice of Sandy SinclairJim and Alex Sinclair from LonghopeMystery oarsman, mystery boatChains of officeMystery men at/in Longhope?The Jarvie Sisters 1915Visit of Norse Association of Bergen 4/5Visit of Norse Association of Bergen 4/5Visit of Norse Association of Bergen 3/5Visit of Norse Association of Bergen 2/5Visit of Norse Association of Bergen 1/5Mystery gent in a mugshotMystery gent in a fieldMystery gentleman on a motorbikeMystery house or croftBirthday creepieHeadstone of James Macgregor and daughter EthelSunday Divisions at HMS Sparrowhawk, March 1942Grant's Shop, St Catherine's PlaceCosta schoolMizpah broochHarray School picnic
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