JRS Lottery draw

The John Rae Society lottery draw was drawn on Sunday 18th Dec at 8pm at the Pomona inn, Finstown. Our Thanks to everyone who bought tickets.










Drawing the tickets were honorary members Hilda and Sandy Firth.  


The Winning tickets were:

  1. Kathleen Drever (£200 cheque)
  2. Colin Young (Platter donated by Fursbreck Pottery)
  3. Rendall (£50 cash)
  4. Kerry ?? (Laphroaig whisky donated by Colin Bullen)
  5. Ingrid ?? (Highland Park donated by Pomona Inn Finstown)
  6. George Burgher (Jewellery donated by Alison Moore )
  7. Young (Voucher donated by Castaway Crafts)
  8. Corrigal (Book: When Pemmican made history)
  9. Hill (Voucher donated by A Tait & Sons Dounby)
  10. Jones (Book: Skara)
  11. A Smith (Clootie dumpling donated by Harray Stores)
  12. C Groundwater (Global Warming book donated by James Chalmers)


Pre-Order Michael Palin's new book on Erebus

A chance to pre -order Michael Palin’s new book  “ Erebus the story of a ship” . Every one bought from us will help to go towards the restoration fund for


Arctic Return

We have heard from our friends in Canada that there is an expedition to the arctic planned in 2019 in commemoration of John Rae's exploits. This is from the expedition website


John Rae to be given the Freedom of Orkney

The Presentation of this honour will be made by the Council in Stromness on Saturday 30th September 2017 all welcome. The News that the The Orkney Isles Council is awarding Dr.



Talk by Tom Muir

In the Wake of John Rae A review of the talk by Tom Muir at Stromness Town Hall Monday 2nd April 2018, 7.30pm An audience of around fifty enjoyed a talk by


TALK: - Sir John Richardson and Dr John Rae: Scottish Doctors and Explorers in Search of Franklin

A talk by Adam Doskey, Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignRoyal Hotel, Stromness Wednesday 11th July 2018, 7.30pm We were pleased to welcome Adam Doskey to


Nature Festival - John Rae Trail

As part of the 2017 Orkney Nature Festival, the John Rae Society ran a Family John Rae Explorer Trail around Stromness on Friday 19th May, led by Rachel Boak, from


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