to 'Footdee Ancestors'. . .
This site is being developed as a resource for anyone who may be researching
a family link to the fishing community of Footdee.
I discovered my own Footdee roots just a few years ago and have found
it's history and people fascinating. In such a close knit community
where so many people had not only the same surname but also the same
forname and where cousins often married, trying to unravel family lineage can be a confusing
I hope this website
may be of 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.
In particular, I would like to 'grow' the family tree, or plant others,
so please feel free to contact me with any corrections, suggestions and additional
information about Footdee and it's families. . . and maybe we can begin to get a clearer
picture of where we came from.
'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