Back Creel of the East Coast Fishwife

Phemie, an east coast fishwife, selling fish in Corstophine, early 1900s. Scottish Life ArchiveThese back creels were used by fishwives to carry fish for sale. They were loaded with fish that the men had caught while line fishing, and the fishwives took them to sell inland and to places like Edinburgh, Dundee, Aberdeen, and other towns. They were similar in construction to the back creel used on crofts in the Highlands and Islands off the west coast of Scotland but the sides were completely filled in with weaving apart from a small gap, on each side, for the strap.

Newhaven Fishwife’s back creel

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Newhaven Fishwife’s Back Creel  Wha’ll buy my caller herrin’? They’re bonnie fish and halesome farin’; Wha’ll buy my caller herrin’, New drawn frae the Forth? When ye were sleepin’ on your pillows, Dream’d ye aught o’ our puir fellows, Darkling …Continue reading “Newhaven Fishwife’s back creel”

To the Creel. Fisherrow Fishwives and their baskets.

Margaret Fairnie in working clothes. Fisherrow fishwife.

Women of Fisherrow, as wives, daughters and widows of the men who fished the seas, made their own independent living selling fish house to house on the streets of Edinburgh. Fisherrow is now an integral part of the town of …Continue reading “To the Creel. Fisherrow Fishwives and their baskets.”

What We Know About East Coast Fishwive’s Creels

Two Fisherrow fishwives at the foot of Bush Street. 1904. Musselburgh Museum Committee

Fishwives from East Coast fishing villages used creels to carry the fish they had for sale. The creels were loaded with fish that the men had caught while line fishing, and the fishwives took them to sell inland and to …Continue reading “What We Know About East Coast Fishwive’s Creels”

East Coast Creel Gallery

Newhaven creel. Natural willow creel, Baxter-Rintoul Collection. National Museums of Scotland

A collection of pictures of East Coast Fishwive’s creels, including archival photos of the creels being used and photos of these creels in museums.