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TITLE
Cromarty Fisher Folk (5 of 20)
EXTERNAL ID
AB_CROMARTYFISHER_AUDIO_05
PLACENAME
Cromarty
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Cromarty
DATE OF RECORDING
2 April 2007
PERIOD
2000s
CREATOR
Bobby Hogg & Gordon Hogg
SOURCE
Am Baile
ASSET ID
1126
KEYWORDS
language
linguistics
audio

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The former royal burgh of Cromarty lies on the northern tip of the Black Isle peninsula, at the mouth of the Cromarty Firth in northeast Scotland. It is home to brothers Bobby and Gordon Hogg, descendants of a long line of local fisher folk. They can trace their ancestry back for centuries in the small coastal port. In the 1861 census there were no less than 96 Hoggs living in the Cromarty district and an entry for the family name in the Old Parish Register dates back as early as 1698.

Bobby and Gordon believe they are the last two fluent speakers of the 'Cromarty fisher dialect', a unique Scots dialect identified in Robert McColl Millar's study of 'Northern and Insular Scots' as 'North Northern A', mainly associated with the fishing communities of the Black Isle (Cromarty and Avoch) and other small towns and villages on the Cromarty Firth. It is said that at one time there were at least two, if not three, dialects in the Cromarty area - fisher, town, and farmer. While several Cromarty residents retain aspects of the fisher vocabulary, when Bobby and Gordon get together they converse fluently in the dialect.

[N.B. Gordon Hogg passed away in 2011, aged 86. Bobby Hogg died a year later, aged 92.]


In this audio extract from March 2007, Bobby and Gordon talk about the herring fishing and their fisher ancestors.

Bobby: They've a habit o putting an 'h' in where it shouldn't be, right, right? An leave an 'h' out where it should be.

Gordon: That's right, aye.

Bobby & Gordon: Oh, there's no doubt about that. One quotation in the paper went on about 'herring' etc. Well, we never said 'herring'. We never said 'herring'. We always said 'heyreen', 'heyreen', 'hey', 'h, e, y, r, e, e, n', 'heyreen', 'heyreen'. That's the way we spelt it - I spelt it but eh -

Interviewer: The herring was still being fished?

Bobby: Oh yes, yes, yes, yes. An the haddock an the, ye know? White fish mostly.

Gordon: White fish, aye. Haddock an cod an whitings an -

Bobby: As Ah say ma, ma father was a fishermen till Ah was about nine year old.

Interviewer: Mm-hmm.

Bobby: Ma mother, ye know, fishing sto-, fishing stock too. All were, like.

Interviewer: An how far back can ye trace your family in Crom-?

Bobby: Aw back til e apes! [Laughter] We were here before the apes. [Laughter]

Gordon: Oh dear.

Bobby: That's right. That's right. Aw it goes back hundreds o years. Little house, little house that was recently sold - ma grannie's house like - that was in the family for a hundred years - hundreds of years. Yeh, yeh.

Interviewer: In Cromarty?

Gordon: In Cromarty.

Bobby: That's right, yeh.

Interviewer: Was that in one of the vennels?

Bobby: Aye, up a wee close, yes.

Gordon: Wee close.

Interviewer: A wee close.

Bobby: A wee lane, as you might say it.

Interviewer: Mm-hmm.

Bobby: History goes back quite a long way, yeh, yeh.

Interviewer: Mm-hmm

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Cromarty Fisher Folk (5 of 20)

ROSS: Cromarty

2000s

language; linguistics; audio

Am Baile

Am Baile: Cromarty Fisher Folk

The former royal burgh of Cromarty lies on the northern tip of the Black Isle peninsula, at the mouth of the Cromarty Firth in northeast Scotland. It is home to brothers Bobby and Gordon Hogg, descendants of a long line of local fisher folk. They can trace their ancestry back for centuries in the small coastal port. In the 1861 census there were no less than 96 Hoggs living in the Cromarty district and an entry for the family name in the Old Parish Register dates back as early as 1698. <br /> <br /> Bobby and Gordon believe they are the last two fluent speakers of the 'Cromarty fisher dialect', a unique Scots dialect identified in Robert McColl Millar's study of 'Northern and Insular Scots' as 'North Northern A', mainly associated with the fishing communities of the Black Isle (Cromarty and Avoch) and other small towns and villages on the Cromarty Firth. It is said that at one time there were at least two, if not three, dialects in the Cromarty area - fisher, town, and farmer. While several Cromarty residents retain aspects of the fisher vocabulary, when Bobby and Gordon get together they converse fluently in the dialect.<br /> <br /> [N.B. Gordon Hogg passed away in 2011, aged 86. Bobby Hogg died a year later, aged 92.]<br /> <br /> <br /> In this audio extract from March 2007, Bobby and Gordon talk about the herring fishing and their fisher ancestors.<br /> <br /> Bobby: They've a habit o putting an 'h' in where it shouldn't be, right, right? An leave an 'h' out where it should be.<br /> <br /> Gordon: That's right, aye.<br /> <br /> Bobby & Gordon: Oh, there's no doubt about that. One quotation in the paper went on about 'herring' etc. Well, we never said 'herring'. We never said 'herring'. We always said 'heyreen', 'heyreen', 'hey', 'h, e, y, r, e, e, n', 'heyreen', 'heyreen'. That's the way we spelt it - I spelt it but eh - <br /> <br /> Interviewer: The herring was still being fished?<br /> <br /> Bobby: Oh yes, yes, yes, yes. An the haddock an the, ye know? White fish mostly.<br /> <br /> Gordon: White fish, aye. Haddock an cod an whitings an - <br /> <br /> Bobby: As Ah say ma, ma father was a fishermen till Ah was about nine year old. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: Mm-hmm.<br /> <br /> Bobby: Ma mother, ye know, fishing sto-, fishing stock too. All were, like.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: An how far back can ye trace your family in Crom-?<br /> <br /> Bobby: Aw back til e apes! [Laughter] We were here before the apes. [Laughter]<br /> <br /> Gordon: Oh dear.<br /> <br /> Bobby: That's right. That's right. Aw it goes back hundreds o years. Little house, little house that was recently sold - ma grannie's house like - that was in the family for a hundred years - hundreds of years. Yeh, yeh. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: In Cromarty?<br /> <br /> Gordon: In Cromarty.<br /> <br /> Bobby: That's right, yeh.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Was that in one of the vennels?<br /> <br /> Bobby: Aye, up a wee close, yes.<br /> <br /> Gordon: Wee close.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: A wee close.<br /> <br /> Bobby: A wee lane, as you might say it. <br /> <br /> Interviewer: Mm-hmm.<br /> <br /> Bobby: History goes back quite a long way, yeh, yeh.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Mm-hmm