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TITLE
Cromarty Fisher Folk (20 of 20)
EXTERNAL ID
AB_CROMARTYFISHER_AUDIO_20
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
1149
KEYWORDS
language
linguistics
museums
tourism
tourists
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 Cromarty Courthouse which was renovated and opened as a museum in 1991.

Bobby: Courthouse. The courthouse. That opened. It was me that started that off, ye know? And the committee now's in charge of it an - an then David [Alston] he came to Cromarty just when it was a - just newly opened -

Gordon: That's right, aye.

Bobby: - so he got involved an he eventually took over. But it was me that started that off. There was a meeting one time an they didn't know what they were gonna do with it - formed this committee, an Ah says, 'Ah'll start, an Ah'll clean it from top to bottom.' Scrubbed the damn lot from top to bottom masel. Ah got e clock goin an everything, started tae gettin bits an pieces in like, an it was all voluntary sort o thing, an then there was no charge, ye just gave a subscription. David, he took over eventually, right? They formed a proper committee.

Ah was in there one day, an Ah was mendin the clock like, an, Ah heard this foot doonstairs. Ah went down there an [Ah says], 'There's a Yankee'. So Ah started showing him around, took him up, ye know, the courthouse itself, right? 'Aw Goddamit', he says, 'Don't you ever change this place' he says 'As you see it now, this is the basis of justice in America. Don't let this change', right? An ye know the court an the box an all the rest of it, ye know, the rest o it. This was the basis of justice in America, an he was a lecturer in one of the universities in America. So, ye know, Ah was just takin a subscription, ye know, we'd a, ye know a box ye could put money in. He offered me sixty quid. Ah says, 'Sixty quid! You must be jokin.' Ah says 'You don't know who I am from Adam', Ah says. An Ah'd a boil- I'd a I had a boiler suit on me, ye know, cos I was workin at the clock.

Gordon: Surely, aye.

Bobby: 'Oh' he says, 'No, No' he says, 'I don't - I'll not take - Ye don't know - Ye don't know who the hell I am' right?

Gordon: Aye?

Bobby: Aye, that's the sort o thing that used to happen

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Cromarty Fisher Folk (20 of 20)

ROSS: Cromarty

2000s

language; linguistics; museums; tourism; tourists; 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 Cromarty Courthouse which was renovated and opened as a museum in 1991.<br /> <br /> Bobby: Courthouse. The courthouse. That opened. It was me that started that off, ye know? And the committee now's in charge of it an - an then David [Alston] he came to Cromarty just when it was a - just newly opened -<br /> <br /> Gordon: That's right, aye.<br /> <br /> Bobby: - so he got involved an he eventually took over. But it was me that started that off. There was a meeting one time an they didn't know what they were gonna do with it - formed this committee, an Ah says, 'Ah'll start, an Ah'll clean it from top to bottom.' Scrubbed the damn lot from top to bottom masel. Ah got e clock goin an everything, started tae gettin bits an pieces in like, an it was all voluntary sort o thing, an then there was no charge, ye just gave a subscription. David, he took over eventually, right? They formed a proper committee. <br /> <br /> Ah was in there one day, an Ah was mendin the clock like, an, Ah heard this foot doonstairs. Ah went down there an [Ah says], 'There's a Yankee'. So Ah started showing him around, took him up, ye know, the courthouse itself, right? 'Aw Goddamit', he says, 'Don't you ever change this place' he says 'As you see it now, this is the basis of justice in America. Don't let this change', right? An ye know the court an the box an all the rest of it, ye know, the rest o it. This was the basis of justice in America, an he was a lecturer in one of the universities in America. So, ye know, Ah was just takin a subscription, ye know, we'd a, ye know a box ye could put money in. He offered me sixty quid. Ah says, 'Sixty quid! You must be jokin.' Ah says 'You don't know who I am from Adam', Ah says. An Ah'd a boil- I'd a I had a boiler suit on me, ye know, cos I was workin at the clock. <br /> <br /> Gordon: Surely, aye.<br /> <br /> Bobby: 'Oh' he says, 'No, No' he says, 'I don't - I'll not take - Ye don't know - Ye don't know who the hell I am' right? <br /> <br /> Gordon: Aye?<br /> <br /> Bobby: Aye, that's the sort o thing that used to happen