David Horne was born in 1877 in Kirkwall. His father, also David, ran a bacon curing business in Kirkwall and when young David was old enough he was trained in the business, eventually taking it over when his father retired. In his spare time David was a man of many talents, producing a number of books of prose and poetry. He also contributed regularly to a number of newspapers and magazines.
David Horne Jr.’s interest in photography was purely as an amateur, but this is not to say that his work was in any way inferior. He used high quality equipment and had a degree of skill that many a professional would envy. David’s photography concentrated mainly on Kirkwall and the surrounding area but he managed to capture scenes that had perhaps been neglected by other photographers at the time.
He also took a lot of photographs in the Parish of Deerness, around the home of his wife to be, Jane Anne Foubister, at Newbanks. Most of the photographs that David Horne Jr. produced were carefully preserved and, thanks to the generosity of his daughter in law, have become an important part of the Photographic Archive collection.