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TITLE
Cromarty Fisher Folk (16 of 20)
EXTERNAL ID
AB_CROMARTYFISHER_AUDIO_16
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
1143
KEYWORDS
language
linguistics
ferries
boats
ships
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 discuss some images of Cromarty harbour, including the steamship 'Ailsa', the old Cromarty-Invergordon ferry.

Gordon: Oh there's an old yawl there.

Bobby: Old yawl, aye. Aye, is that no my - that's the 'Peedie Lass'.

Gordon: It's the 'Peedie Lass'. Ah's just thinking that.

Bobby: That's my boat. That's my boat.

Gordon: That's just his boat. The 'Peedie Lass'.

Bobby: Belongs to me.

Gordon: Aye, that's right. Aye.

Bobby: She's a bit - to get under repair at the moment.

Gordon: Aye, it's under repair, aye.

Bobby: Aye.

Gordon: That's richt.

Bobby: That's her right enough. She's a clinker-built yawl, like. [Looks at photos]. That's 'Ailsa'.

Gordon: That's 'Ailsa'. Mm-hmm.

Bobby: Mm-hmm. She was the run - the ferry between Invergordon an Cromarty. She'd run passengers in the summer time.

Gordon: Aye.

Bobby: Mm-hmm. Yes. Belonged to a man called Watson, an a bye-name called 'Bothers'.

Gordon: 'Bothers', his name was, bye-name.

Bobby: 'Bothers', yeh.

Gordon: Aye, Ah steered her up and doon Invergordon a few times.

Bobby: Mm-hmm. I think she ended her life up in Ork-, up in the Orkneys somewhere.

Gordon: Did she?

Bobby: Mm-hmm. 'Ailsa'

Gordon: Aye, auld Bothers boy.

Bobby: Aye, Ah'd a few scuddies in her.

Gordon: Few scuddies, aye, in her.

Bobby: Scuddy.

Gordon: We call a scuddy a trip in it. A scuddy's a trip.

Interviewer: A trip?

Gordon: Aye, an on the boat.

Interviewer: A scuddy.

Gordon: A scuddy, aye

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Cromarty Fisher Folk (16 of 20)

ROSS: Cromarty

2000s

language; linguistics; ferries; boats; ships; 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 discuss some images of Cromarty harbour, including the steamship 'Ailsa', the old Cromarty-Invergordon ferry.<br /> <br /> Gordon: Oh there's an old yawl there.<br /> <br /> Bobby: Old yawl, aye. Aye, is that no my - that's the 'Peedie Lass'.<br /> <br /> Gordon: It's the 'Peedie Lass'. Ah's just thinking that.<br /> <br /> Bobby: That's my boat. That's my boat.<br /> <br /> Gordon: That's just his boat. The 'Peedie Lass'.<br /> <br /> Bobby: Belongs to me.<br /> <br /> Gordon: Aye, that's right. Aye.<br /> <br /> Bobby: She's a bit - to get under repair at the moment.<br /> <br /> Gordon: Aye, it's under repair, aye.<br /> <br /> Bobby: Aye.<br /> <br /> Gordon: That's richt.<br /> <br /> Bobby: That's her right enough. She's a clinker-built yawl, like. [Looks at photos]. That's 'Ailsa'. <br /> <br /> Gordon: That's 'Ailsa'. Mm-hmm. <br /> <br /> Bobby: Mm-hmm. She was the run - the ferry between Invergordon an Cromarty. She'd run passengers in the summer time. <br /> <br /> Gordon: Aye.<br /> <br /> Bobby: Mm-hmm. Yes. Belonged to a man called Watson, an a bye-name called 'Bothers'. <br /> <br /> Gordon: 'Bothers', his name was, bye-name.<br /> <br /> Bobby: 'Bothers', yeh.<br /> <br /> Gordon: Aye, Ah steered her up and doon Invergordon a few times.<br /> <br /> Bobby: Mm-hmm. I think she ended her life up in Ork-, up in the Orkneys somewhere. <br /> <br /> Gordon: Did she?<br /> <br /> Bobby: Mm-hmm. 'Ailsa' <br /> <br /> Gordon: Aye, auld Bothers boy.<br /> <br /> Bobby: Aye, Ah'd a few scuddies in her.<br /> <br /> Gordon: Few scuddies, aye, in her.<br /> <br /> Bobby: Scuddy.<br /> <br /> Gordon: We call a scuddy a trip in it. A scuddy's a trip.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: A trip? <br /> <br /> Gordon: Aye, an on the boat.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: A scuddy.<br /> <br /> Gordon: A scuddy, aye