Home Contacts
Main Sections:
The Island
Pharay Photos

Site Maps:
The Island
Pharay Photos

Related Websites:

Other website
The Glasgow Orkney and Shetland Benevolent Society

Introduction / The Island / History and Ownership

Stewart Endowment

The estate of the last James Stewart of Brugh was transferred to the Stewart Endowment, a trust established under instruction of a trust deed and disposition of the deceased dated 14th May 1858 (with a codicile dated 11th June 1858). The transfer of assets took place in 1882.

In the intervening period of administration, there were a number of legal matters that required clarification. The last of the trustees in administration died in on 22nd January 1873, which must have added to the problems in resolving matters.

Lands in Fair Isle (Leogh, Gila, Busta and Shirva) were sold in 1866. During this period from the death of James Stewart of Brugh until the transfer of property to the Stewart Endowment, obligations exceeded income.

When the transfer of assets took place in 1882, it consisted of:

  • Estate of Brugh, Westray
  • Estate of Burness, Firth
  • Estate of Campston, St Andrews
  • Island of Pharay in the parish of Stronsay and Eday

The objects of the trust were essentially of a religious nature, the surplus income over expenditure to be applied as follows:

  • One-fourth to support of the hospital in Kirkwall
  • One-eighth to the Church of Scotland Committee for the Propagation of the Gospel in foreign parts
  • One-eight the Church of England Missionary Society for similar purposes
  • Remainder for the endowment of one or more itinerating ministers to be employed within the bounds of the Presbytery of the North Isles. In the application of this, recognition was to be given to those areas where there was no settled minister.

With regard to the provision of ministry, a number of areas were mentioned. This included Pharay.

While there was an average surplus in the five years to 1921, this had turned to a deficit in the last year. With the trustees now finding income not meeting ordinary expenditure, they found themselves unable to meet the objects of the Endowment and the lands in Firth and St Andrews were subsequently sold.

The lands in Westray were sold in the late 1970s, the Stewart Endowment continuing to own Pharay which was let for sheep grazing.

Printer Friendly Version Return to top of page