Thank you to Jim Menzies,
Windsor, Ontario, Canada for providing the photograph above of a school
class in Reay, Caithness in the north of Scotland, probably in the early
There was just one name written on the frame of this photo:
- 'D Menzies' written beside the gentleman at the
know that the picture was taken between 1899 and 1906, as this is the
timeframe my grandfather was the teacher or schoolmaster at Reay school.
I have tried, unsuccessfully, to match other pictures I have of my uncles
with the school children shown. At least one of them would have been old
enough by 1899 to be in school and I do have information that they
attended this school. My own father was too young, so I know he is not
there. Sometimes I find it best to put something aside for a while, then
take a fresh look and see if I notice something new that clues me in."