An invaluable historical study of the fishing communities on the east coast was launched at Montrose Library at the weekend.
On Saturday ‘Fishing Communities of Angus and the Mearns: with notes on salmon stations’ by the late Brechin historian David G. Adams who passed away in 2002.
Mr Adams’ passed away before completing his magnus opus and his research notes found its way to Angus Council’s cultural services department.
A feasibility study on completing the project was carried out and Gillian Zealand, who had worked with him before, was tasked with sympathetically editing the information into the finished article which is published by Pinkfoot Press, Brechin.
An ambitious project it covers fishing methods, boats, markets and cures while the bulk of the text forms an informative gazetteer with sections on detailing the fishertouns between Dundee and Torry.
Of great interest to genealogists will be the appendices devote to bye-names and an alphabetical list of fisher surnames.
The 240 page work is generously illustrated with photographs and drawings many by the late Colin Gibson, the well-known naturalist and artist.
A native of Brechin Adams founded the Chanonry Press and published several titles encompassing the broad range of his historical interests including three studies of fishing villages and ‘Aucmithie: home of the smokie’ which were precursors to his final work.
He also wrote ‘Bothy Nichts and Days’ on the lives of farm workers using testimony from former bothy chiels.
‘Fishing Communities of Angus and the Mearns’ costs £15 and will be available at the usual local outlets or direct from the publisher at firstname.lastname@example.org