Newhaven Fishwives' Costumes

Preparing Bait

 

 Preparing Bait

  Reproduced with acknowledgement to The Museum of Edinburgh

Preparing Bait

Fishwives

The young lady in this photograph, dressed as a fishwife, is Janet (jenny) Finlay, later to become Mrs Rutherford.  She was aged about 19 when this photograph was taken. 

The date that the photo was taken is not known.

Update - April 2008

Thank you to Shona McMillan, who is currently carrying out a fishing project around Edinburgh,  for telling me she believes that Janet Finlay in this photo comes from Stonehaven and that the photo might in fact have been taken in Stonehaven.

Janet's descendants who provided this photo to the Museum of Edinburgh live in Newhaven, Edinburgh.

-  Peter Stubbs:   April 11, 2008

 

Preparing Bait

Thank you to to Denise Brace, City of Edinburgh Museums who wrote:

George Hall

"The Newhaven photo archive at the City of Edinburgh Museums has a number of photos very similar to this one.

Shona McMillan, above, says that this photo may in fact have been taken at Stonehaven.  I'll need to look into this again at some time, in discussion with those Newhaveners who are better able to identify place than I am.

Denise Brace:  October 21, 2008

Thank you to Denise Brace for writing again with further information.

Denise wrote:

Update - December 2008

"I've had a chance to talk to the donor of the photograph ''Preparing Bait'.  The young lady in the photograph is definitely Janet Finlay of Newhaven.  The photograph was donated by Janet's grand-daughter. 

Janet worked as a fishwife and was later to have six children.  However, her grand-daughter does not know whether or not her grandmother travelled with the fish.  Her work was not discussed in detail.

Consequently, the donor cannot say for certain that the photo is Newhaven, but it may well be so."

Denise Brace:  December 29, 2008

 

 

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