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Welcome to 'Footdee Ancestors'. . .

... a resource for anyone who may be researching a family history which has a link to the old fishing community of Footdee.

I discovered my own connections several years ago and have found it's history and people fascinating. In such a close knit community with many people sharing not only the same surname but also the same first name, and where cousins often married, trying to unravel family lineage can be a confusing business.

I hope this website may be of some help with your own research, however, although every effort has been made to 'get it right', I can not gaurantee the accuracy of all the material so I would recommend verifying what ever you find here with further research from other sources.

'Stories & Related Articles' are presented here for information and to give an historical perspective upon different times and social attitudes, they are not necessarily a representation my own opinions or beliefs about the past generations of the people of Footdee.


'They live together patriarchally, sometimes three
or four generations in a single room. The oars are
laid above them on the couples (or rafters) of their
cottages; the children may be seen sleeping on
nets in corners; and on the walls are creels,
baskets, and other fishing tackle'

"Penny Magazine" for 26th September 1840