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TITLE
Childhood Memories of a fisher family in Thurso in the 1930s & 1940s (3)
EXTERNAL ID
QZP40_CAITHNESS_CROFTING_67
PLACENAME
Thurso
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
CAITHNESS: Thurso
PERIOD
1980s
CREATOR
Wilma Mackenzie
SOURCE
Highland Libraries
ASSET ID
2817
KEYWORDS
audios
fishing industry
fishing
fishing boats
fishing nets
fishermen
fish

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In this audio extract, Wilma Mackenzie of Thurso describes an interesting variant of a custom widespread in Scottish fishing communities for ensuring fair division of a catch among the members of a boat's crew. In this version, the catch was sorted into equal heaps according to the number of the crew. The fishermen then turned their backs and a neutral person, in this case a child, would distribute clearly agreed identifying stones for each man, placing one on each heap of fish. The heap with each man's stone became that man's share of the catch. Sometimes sticks called 'cavels' or other identifying objects were used.

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Childhood Memories of a fisher family in Thurso in the 1930s & 1940s (3)

CAITHNESS: Thurso

1980s

audios; fishing industry; fishing; fishing boats; fishing nets; fishermen; fish

Highland Libraries

Caithness Recordings: Fishing

In this audio extract, Wilma Mackenzie of Thurso describes an interesting variant of a custom widespread in Scottish fishing communities for ensuring fair division of a catch among the members of a boat's crew. In this version, the catch was sorted into equal heaps according to the number of the crew. The fishermen then turned their backs and a neutral person, in this case a child, would distribute clearly agreed identifying stones for each man, placing one on each heap of fish. The heap with each man's stone became that man's share of the catch. Sometimes sticks called 'cavels' or other identifying objects were used.<br /> <br /> (full transcription to follow soon)