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TITLE
Group of people outide William 'Lairdie' Finlayson's house in Cromarty
EXTERNAL ID
PC_CAMPBELLROSS_05
PLACENAME
Cromarty
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Cromarty
DATE OF IMAGE
c.1910
PERIOD
1910s
CREATOR
Willie John Smith
SOURCE
Campbell Ross
ASSET ID
22038
KEYWORDS
fishing communities
Group of people outide William 'Lairdie' Finlayson's house in Cromarty

A group of fisherfolk (two men, three women and a girl) are seen in the cobbled yard outside a thatched, harled cottage in Cromarty. The owner of the house, William 'Lairdie' Finlayson stands in front of the door. The girl in the foreground has a platach (mat of marram grass used to cover creels) on her knee and there are two further platachs to her left. Around the yard are four different types of scoo (creel), tubs and a disassembled barrel.

There was a fishing community at Cromarty at least as far back as the seventeenth century and possibly even earlier than that. The people were distinct from the rest of the town and had their own customs and dialect.

Fishing boats tended to be small and the men were able to fish close to home. The women prepared the bait and fixed it to the lines and hooks. They even carried the men out to the boats, so they would start the day with dry feet, and brought back the catch in baskets from the boats to the shore.

This is from of a series of photographs of Cromarty and its fishertown taken c.1910 by William John Smith. Smith was a resident of Cromarty and therefore familiar with his subjects. This made the pictures seem less stilted than many others of the same period.

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Group of people outide William 'Lairdie' Finlayson's house in Cromarty

ROSS: Cromarty

1910s

fishing communities

Campbell Ross

Willie John Smith Archive

A group of fisherfolk (two men, three women and a girl) are seen in the cobbled yard outside a thatched, harled cottage in Cromarty. The owner of the house, William 'Lairdie' Finlayson stands in front of the door. The girl in the foreground has a platach (mat of marram grass used to cover creels) on her knee and there are two further platachs to her left. Around the yard are four different types of scoo (creel), tubs and a disassembled barrel.<br /> <br /> There was a fishing community at Cromarty at least as far back as the seventeenth century and possibly even earlier than that. The people were distinct from the rest of the town and had their own customs and dialect.<br /> <br /> Fishing boats tended to be small and the men were able to fish close to home. The women prepared the bait and fixed it to the lines and hooks. They even carried the men out to the boats, so they would start the day with dry feet, and brought back the catch in baskets from the boats to the shore.<br /> <br /> This is from of a series of photographs of Cromarty and its fishertown taken c.1910 by William John Smith. Smith was a resident of Cromarty and therefore familiar with his subjects. This made the pictures seem less stilted than many others of the same period.