Fisherfolk to Torryfolk
by Colin A Milne

Press Reviews


Leopard Magazine, November 2000

Written by local man, Colin A Milne and published locally, this book is a magnificently researched work which, among its many other achievements, traces the economy, social system, migration trends, development and decline of the small coastal villages between Stonehaven and Aberdeen.

On first flicking through the book, its numerous charts, lists and reproduction of historical documents tend to give it the feel of a textbook or purely academic work, but, on reading through it, it becomes clear that it is much more than that.

It is full of anecdotal, everyday accounts of the tragedies and triumphs of daily life on that harsh North East coast over a couple of centuries. For anyone with an interest in our local past, local historians, those who live in Torry, Fittie or the Kincardineshire coastal communities, it is a fascinating read. 

The Aberdeen Press & Journal, Saturday, 23 September 2000

Fishing is tough today, but nothing like as harsh an industry as it was in the 19th century, which is the period in which Colin Milne focuses in Fisherfolk to Torryfolk.

The problem with Torry today is that it is very hard to get any kind of a feel for what the community was like all those years ago.  Footdee (Fittie), yes; Torry, no.  Aberdeen's city fathers took care of that by allowing the demolition of the old fishing village to make way for a pipe-storage yard at the dawn of the North Sea oil.

Colin Milne has dug deep to extract the history of the Blair fishing family of Cowie, including original reporting in the Stonehaven Journal, Aberdeen Journal and Aberdeen Herald for example.

I've long held a passion for the history of Britain's fishing industry and this book provides a number of valuable, fresh insights.  Now I also know far more about Stonehaven and its history that I did before.

This is a book for someone who wants to delve a bit.  Happily, it's not too long, but it is packed with information.

Aberdeen & District Independent, Thursday, 14 September 2000

Fisherfolk to Torryfolk is a new local history book which tells the fascinating story of the demise of the fishing communities of Kincardineshire and rise of Torry.

It's been a labour of love for author Colin Milne (47), Technical Services Manager at Robert Gordon University, who has devoted more than five years part-time research to the book.

Colin says: "Fisherfolk to Torryfolk is centered around the nineteenth century and quotes extensively from newspaper reports, books, private and public papers and a range of personal material allowing the reader to understand the history, thoughts, customs, hardships and many other aspects of those times without modern interpretation."


Further Details of Fisherfolk to Torryfolk  

The book is available direct by post from the publishers, C & G Publishing, 5 Broadfold Drive, Bridge of Don, Aberdeen, AB23 8PJ, Scotland, at a cost of 9.95 stlg + 1.85 stlg pp UK or 5.00 stlg pp airmail worldwide.  

Alternatively available to order from any good bookshop or the Aberdeen & NE Scotland Family History Society. The ANEFHS always have the book in stock and as a further incentive allow overseas customers to purchase in their own currency. Full details at their website above

ISBN 0-9538921-0-7, 194pp, 210 x 148mm, 338g, paperback

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