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Findon or Finnan, Kincardineshire

Historical Description

FINDON, or Finnan, a village, in the parish of Banchory-Devenick, county of Kincardine, 6½ miles (S. by W.) from Aberdeen; containing 190 inhabitants. This is a fishing-village, situated on the coast, a few miles south of Girdleness, and having a small harbour. It is celebrated for the finely-flavoured fish called the "Finnan haddock", which is cured here in a peculiar manner, by the smoke of peat. So delicate is this fish that it can rarely be sold fresh, in an undepreciated condition, at any considerable distance. Several boats, and a large portion of the inhabitants, are engaged in the fishery, and, in the summer season, in that of herrings in the Moray Firth. There are two other fishing-villages in the parish; the three places send to sea about eighteen boats in the aggregate, and are all celebrated for the smoked fish known by the general name of the "Finnan haddock", above mentioned.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of Scotland, 1851 by Samuel Lewis