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
and 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