In October, 1899, William Irvine led an experimental group of
eight young men to Scotland to work a mission, putting into
practice the Matthew 10 instructions Jesus gave his 12 disciples.
This familiar picture of the eight young brother workers with
their bicycles was most likely taken on this trial expedition.
A notation on some copies of this photo reads:
"Picture taken in Ireland before these men professed."
The dates they entered the work, and the names of
the men are printed on some copies of this picture:
1. Jack Douglas (no date given);
2. William (Willie) Gill-1900;
3. George Walker-1899;
4. John Harcy-1900 [should be John Hardie];
5. William Irvine pre-1899 ("Wm Ervin");
6. William (Bill) Carroll-1903;
7. Irvine Weir-1900;
8. Warren Hastings (no date given).
Douglas & Hastings didn't enter the work.
NOTE: According to the The Secret Sect by Doug & Helen Parker,
page 90, Sam Boyd accompanied William Irvine on his first
mission trip to Scotland in 1899.