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TITLE
Cromarty Fisher Folk (17 of 20)
EXTERNAL ID
AB_CROMARTYFISHER_AUDIO_17
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
1144
KEYWORDS
language
linguistics
boats
ships
Royal Navy
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 remember the Atlantic Fleet (renamed Home Fleet) which anchored off Cromarty for a few weeks each year, in spring and autumn, from the mid 1930s, bringing a significant boost to the local economy.

Interviewer: Do you remember the - when the fleet was anchored off Cromarty?

Gordon: Sure, yes, of course, very much so.

Bobby: Oh, yeh, could name every one.

Gordon: Every one of them.

Bobby: Name every one. Aw, thee mind e 'Hood', an e 'Repulse', an all that.

Gordon: An a that. An the 'Courageous' an the 'Furious' - they're carriers. They all lay off Cromarty; they never went up to Invergordon, naw.

Bobby: Aw they never go near Invergordon; they couldn't get up there, no.

Gordon: An the 'Hood', the 'Hood' was another one who wouldn't go up to Invergordon because she was that long, the 'Hood', she wouldn't - if it was low tide - she'd have difficulty in turnin, to get out in a hurry, ye know?

Interviewer: Mm-hmm.

Bobby: 'HMS Hood' - Ah'm sure every house in Cromarty's got a picture o the 'Hood', right? She lay there all the time.

Gordon: There's a Cromarty man lost in her.

Bobby: Yeh. There's one Cromarty man -

Gordon: One man lost - he was lost in the 'Hood'. There was only three survivors.

Bobby: As a matter of fact, a matter of fact, 'Sunny' was his name.

Gordon: Name, that's right.

Bobby: An I happened to be home on leave - I think I had two leaves in Cromarty during the war, like - an I happened to be home on leave at the same time as Sunny was, an he says 'Aw, Ah'm a richt now, Ah'm on e 'Hood', now. Nae fear a me now. Nae fear a me. It'll be a richt now', ye see? 'Oh, good for thee', Ah says. Aye, right?

Gordon: Aye, that's right, aye.

Bobby: So we knocked about for a week an he went back. A fortnight after he went back the bloody thing was sunk.

Gordon: Was sunk, aye. Only three survivors on the 'Hood'.

Interviewer: Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm.

Bobby: Aye. It just shows ye, like. Eh?

Gordon: Aye. Such a lovely ship, man. Oh. I was aboard her too. Bobby was aboard, were ye?

Bobby: There was five fellas in my class lost, aye.

Interviewer: Mm-hmm

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Cromarty Fisher Folk (17 of 20)

ROSS: Cromarty

2000s

language; linguistics; boats; ships; Royal Navy; 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 remember the Atlantic Fleet (renamed Home Fleet) which anchored off Cromarty for a few weeks each year, in spring and autumn, from the mid 1930s, bringing a significant boost to the local economy.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Do you remember the - when the fleet was anchored off Cromarty?<br /> <br /> Gordon: Sure, yes, of course, very much so. <br /> <br /> Bobby: Oh, yeh, could name every one. <br /> <br /> Gordon: Every one of them.<br /> <br /> Bobby: Name every one. Aw, thee mind e 'Hood', an e 'Repulse', an all that.<br /> <br /> Gordon: An a that. An the 'Courageous' an the 'Furious' - they're carriers. They all lay off Cromarty; they never went up to Invergordon, naw.<br /> <br /> Bobby: Aw they never go near Invergordon; they couldn't get up there, no.<br /> <br /> Gordon: An the 'Hood', the 'Hood' was another one who wouldn't go up to Invergordon because she was that long, the 'Hood', she wouldn't - if it was low tide - she'd have difficulty in turnin, to get out in a hurry, ye know?<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Mm-hmm.<br /> <br /> Bobby: 'HMS Hood' - Ah'm sure every house in Cromarty's got a picture o the 'Hood', right? She lay there all the time.<br /> <br /> Gordon: There's a Cromarty man lost in her. <br /> <br /> Bobby: Yeh. There's one Cromarty man - <br /> <br /> Gordon: One man lost - he was lost in the 'Hood'. There was only three survivors.<br /> <br /> Bobby: As a matter of fact, a matter of fact, 'Sunny' was his name. <br /> <br /> Gordon: Name, that's right.<br /> <br /> Bobby: An I happened to be home on leave - I think I had two leaves in Cromarty during the war, like - an I happened to be home on leave at the same time as Sunny was, an he says 'Aw, Ah'm a richt now, Ah'm on e 'Hood', now. Nae fear a me now. Nae fear a me. It'll be a richt now', ye see? 'Oh, good for thee', Ah says. Aye, right? <br /> <br /> Gordon: Aye, that's right, aye.<br /> <br /> Bobby: So we knocked about for a week an he went back. A fortnight after he went back the bloody thing was sunk.<br /> <br /> Gordon: Was sunk, aye. Only three survivors on the 'Hood'.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Mm-hmm. Mm-hmm.<br /> <br /> Bobby: Aye. It just shows ye, like. Eh?<br /> <br /> Gordon: Aye. Such a lovely ship, man. Oh. I was aboard her too. Bobby was aboard, were ye?<br /> <br /> Bobby: There was five fellas in my class lost, aye.<br /> <br /> Interviewer: Mm-hmm