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TITLE
A fisher lassie prepares to go down south
EXTERNAL ID
GB1796_SINCLAIR_FISHERGIRLS_08
DATE OF RECORDING
1984
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
unknown
SOURCE
Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
ASSET ID
1947
KEYWORDS
fisher girls
fisher lassies
fishwives
kippers
kippering
lodging
lodgings
audio

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Women played an important role in the fishing industry in Scotland; some were employed to bait lines but the majority worked at gutting and curing the catches. When the herring summer season finished at home many fisher lassies travelled down south to catch the autumn herring season in fishing ports like Great Yarmouth or Lowestoft. In this audio extract, a former Caithness fisher lassie recalls the journey down south. Her name is Chrissie Smith and she was recorded at Dalmore House Eventide Home (Alness) in 1984 as part of reminiscence classes run by the Workers Educational Association.

'An then when we hid till go away we hid till prepare, d'ye know? And the night before at then, ye hid everythin ready'll go, an we left Wick at half past seven in e mornin - a special train - and we went'll Yarmouth. Well, say we left Wick this mornin, half past seven, ye didn't - we didnae get intill Yarmouth till one o'clock the next day. And then we hid till - well, Ah used'll always hiv ma ludgins spoken for, an but when Ah went first ye'd to go an look for ludgins. But oh, it wis a happy, healthy life. Oh, an Ah was always carryin on, Ah'm tellin ye. Ah hid e time o ma life at e fishins'

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A fisher lassie prepares to go down south

1980s

fisher girls; fisher lassies; fishwives; kippers; kippering; lodging; lodgings; audio

Inverness Museum and Art Gallery

Bill Sinclair Audio: Fisher Lassies

Women played an important role in the fishing industry in Scotland; some were employed to bait lines but the majority worked at gutting and curing the catches. When the herring summer season finished at home many fisher lassies travelled down south to catch the autumn herring season in fishing ports like Great Yarmouth or Lowestoft. In this audio extract, a former Caithness fisher lassie recalls the journey down south. Her name is Chrissie Smith and she was recorded at Dalmore House Eventide Home (Alness) in 1984 as part of reminiscence classes run by the Workers Educational Association.<br /> <br /> 'An then when we hid till go away we hid till prepare, d'ye know? And the night before at then, ye hid everythin ready'll go, an we left Wick at half past seven in e mornin - a special train - and we went'll Yarmouth. Well, say we left Wick this mornin, half past seven, ye didn't - we didnae get intill Yarmouth till one o'clock the next day. And then we hid till - well, Ah used'll always hiv ma ludgins spoken for, an but when Ah went first ye'd to go an look for ludgins. But oh, it wis a happy, healthy life. Oh, an Ah was always carryin on, Ah'm tellin ye. Ah hid e time o ma life at e fishins'