Introduction / Families
While no Reids are mentioned in the 1810 rental, a John Reid was a witness to the baptism of James Harcus in 1813 and Isabella Sinclair in 1817. James was a son of James Harcus and Marion Allan, who lived at Doggerboat and Isabella was the daughter of Robert Sinclair and Jane Drever who lived at Windywa. As both sets of parents were on Pharay, it is expected that John Reid, who witnessed the baptisms, was also a resident at that time.
This is thought to John Reid who was born in Westray to Thomas Reid and Elizabeth Reid and to have married Janet Bews. John and Janet were at North Pharay in Eday in 1841.
They were still at North Pharay in Eday in 1851 but Janet is thought to have died between then and 1855.
John and Janet are known to have had two children:
John died at Hammar, Pharay on 2nd February 1858. This was the home of their daughter, Ann Reid.
The 1841 and 1851 censuses covering Hammer, where their daughter stayed, indicate an Elizabeth Reid aged 90 years and 100 years respectively. This is thought to be John’s mother. She was born in Westray and died before 1855.
The family of James Reid, also from Westray, was about the first of the newcomers to the island in the mid 1880s. There is not thought to be any connection between these Reids.