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William Linklater Ritch

William Linklater Ritch

Male 1876 - 1953  (77 years)

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  • Name William Linklater Ritch 
    Born 24 May 1876  Graemsay Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 19 Jul 1953  Stromness Gravestone Stromness c261 Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I58  My Relatives
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2019 

    Father George Robert Ritch,   b. 18 Dec 1835, c 27/12/1835 Windywalls Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 28 Mar 1917, Graemsay Gravestone D25 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 81 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother Mary Sinclair,   b. 19 Aug 1837, c 29/10/1837 Scareting Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1929, Windywalls Graemsay Gravestone D25 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Married 3 Dec 1862  Gramesay Church Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F5  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Elizabeth Sutherland,   b. 21 Nov 1878, Sandside Graemsay Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1 Jan 1951, Stromness Gravestone Stromness c261 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 13 Jul 1905  Sandside, Graemsay Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Catherene Mary Ritch,   b. 14 Jul 1906, Windywalls, Graemsay c 13/1/1907 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Nov 1992, buried Stromness graveyard C504 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 86 years)  [natural]
     2. George William Ritch,   b. 11 Apr 1909, c Graemsay 24/7/1909 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Jul 1979, Stromness Gravestone C525 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  [natural]
     3. Clara Sutherland Ritch,   b. 26 May 1912, Graemsay c Graemsay 15/8/1912 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Mar 1974, Haymarket, Edinburgh, Gravestone, Stromness c261 Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years)  [natural]
     4. James Sutherland Ritch,   b. 3 Dec 1917, Robertsons Buildings, Stromness 1918/020/1 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Mar 1918, Premature birth died 7 weeks old Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 0 years)  [natural]
     5. Elsie Maud Ritch,   b. 7 May 1919, Graemsay, c Graemsay 9/7/1919 Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 Oct 1996, St Peters Home, Stromness Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 22 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F49  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • at 1891 census at Hoy and Graemsay ref 2-20-4-3
      at 1901 census at Graemsay ref 0-20-4-003
      at Marriage in 1905 a Lightkeeper address Windywalls, Graemsay
      at 1911 census at Windywalls, Graemsay
      at 1915 Valuation Roll a Tenant Farm and House Windywalls, Hoy and Graemsay
      at 1930 Valuation Roll at "Windywalls", Graemsay
      Farmer Windywalls, when retired 1948? lived in a hut in daughter Cathie's garden

      Dear Editor

      How many readers recognised the crofthouse featured on your page about Orkney Care and Repair (16th Feb)? Not too many I should think, but I knew it well for I spent all my childhood holidays there.

      The Ritch family were in Windywalls throughout the 19th century and perhaps for some time before that, until Georgie and Hughina retired to Stromness in the 1970s.

      The "new" house at Windywalls was built about 1903 by William Ritch, my grandfather. He engaged a stonemason from Hoy who got free board and lodging for the six weeks it took to build, plus a fee of £6:10s. William's father and several of his brothers were ships' carpenters so the completion was kept in the family. He intended to build two storeys but his mother put her foot down, declaring that the wind would demolish it. After great-granny died the old house, "Ma's", became the dairy and wash-house. It was so small, how on earth did they bring up eleven children there?

      The present house was modern in its day, comprising but, ben and far-ben, with a ladder to the loft where uncle George slept. The well-water was kept in the porch, with a pantry for the kirn-milk and cream. It has waited 100 years to get a toilet though.

      I was privileged to view the improvements one day last summer. It has undoubtedly lost a lot of its character but it is now a house for comfortable modern living. I don't know what grandad would have said but granny would certainly have approved!

      Len Wilson
      Falkland
      Berstane Rd
      St Ola

      After the Ritchs left Windywalls
      the people who lived there were
      Clive Walker
      Bob Tateson and Effie Everest - bought the croft then moved to Rosebank in Harry where Hughina Sutherland lived
      Currenty 2000 the Procters. John Procter died 31st January 2013.