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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 31

Norland Cottage, Lybster, Sept. 5th, 1851

Norland Cottage, Lybster,

I have much pleasure in certifying that I have known Mr. Wm. B. Mackay for the last five years. I have had the gratification of being present at some of the annual examinations of his pupils, and can testify to his abilities as a teacher, the excellence of his system, the regard and esteem entertained for him by the young, and his general excellence of character and modesty of deportment.

To be a successful teacher of youth is an eminence to which few arrive but the simple fact of the highest Greek and Laths prizes being frequently carried by Mr. Mackay's pupils at the competitions of the Edinburgh Caithness Association (annually page 2 held at Wick), speaks volumes in his favour; and the intellectual system of education practiced by Mr. Mackay in his present school has been attended with the happiest results, and places him in a very high rank as an intelligent and indefatigable teacher.

Mr. Mackay's gentle and winning manner has encouraged the timid, and subdued the turbulent; and his excellent character has endeared him to the right-thinking portion of society, while he is respected by all.

Feeling deep regret that this district should be deprived of the services of Mr. Mackay, I cannot do otherwise than recommend him to a similar situation where a wider sphere would be opened to his usefulness, and where such services would meet a suitable reward, confident that, by the Divine blessing, Mr. Mackay will be appreciated in any community where his lot may be cast.

(Signed) Alex. Sutherland, J.P.,

Merchant at Swiney.