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TITLE
A fisherman in Gordon's Lane, Cromarty
EXTERNAL ID
PC_CAMPBELLROSS_19
PLACENAME
Cromarty
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
ROSS: Cromarty
DATE OF IMAGE
c.1910
PERIOD
1910s
CREATOR
Willie John Smith
SOURCE
Campbell Ross
ASSET ID
22052
KEYWORDS
fishing communities
A fisherman in Gordon's Lane, Cromarty

A fisherman in thigh-length leather sea boots sits redding (preparing) a line in Gordon's Lane, Cromarty. The line rests on a platach (mat woven from bent) and two scoos (creels) on the right. He is smoking a clay pipe.

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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A fisherman in Gordon's Lane, Cromarty

ROSS: Cromarty

1910s

fishing communities

Campbell Ross

Willie John Smith Archive

A fisherman in thigh-length leather sea boots sits redding (preparing) a line in Gordon's Lane, Cromarty. The line rests on a platach (mat woven from bent) and two scoos (creels) on the right. He is smoking a clay pipe.<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.