Histories

Pitlessie Fair Horse Paniers

Replica of Pannier by Alisdair Davidson from the painting 'Pitlessie Fair' by David Wilkie

  In the bottom left corner of the painting ‘Pitlessie Fair’ by David Wilkie are some horse panniers which were used to carry china to the fair. The painting itself is in the National Galleries of Scotland and was painted …Continue reading “Pitlessie Fair Horse Paniers”

A conversation with Alisdair Davidson on Making Replicas of 13th Century Coiled Baskets

Replica of Basket found in Perth Archeological Dig made with willow core and split willow wrapping

 An archeological dig in Perth High Street from 1975 to 1977 uncovered remnants of several small round coiled baskets. They were dated late 13th Century and made with a core of straw or willow and split or skeined willow for …Continue reading “A conversation with Alisdair Davidson on Making Replicas of 13th Century Coiled Baskets”

The Oldest Basket In Scotland

Replica by Alisdair Davidson of the oldest basket in Scotland

  The National Museum of Scotland has in its archives the remains of a basket which was found preserved in a bog in Eshaness in Shetland. It has been dated as being around 1500yrs old and is thought to be …Continue reading “The Oldest Basket In Scotland”

Hens and handbags. Some Skye basket history.

The Ose, or Skye basket

This design of basket appears to have been used for many centuries. There is some evidence that it originated here in Scotland. Scots emigrants to the Appalachian Mountains of Virginia took the design with them, adapting it to the locally available …Continue reading “Hens and handbags. Some Skye basket history.”

The quarter cran – a little bit of history

Fisheries quarter cran j pegg

Quarter crans were baskets used in weighing and carrying herring. Their size was regulated and standardized by government decree as a legal measure. From all points of view, it was very important that they were of a consistent size, or …Continue reading “The quarter cran – a little bit of history”

Ceramic Fishwives of the Forth Littoral

Ceramic fishwives, National Museum of Scotland

From about 1750 until the 1930s Scotland’s potteries were producing utilitarian and decorative wares including fishermen and fisherwives.Continue reading “Ceramic Fishwives of the Forth Littoral”

From Creels to Quarter Crans: the form and function of baskets used by the Scottish fishing community in the late 19th and early 20th centuries

by Linda Fitzpatrick, Curator, Scottish Fisheries Museum This presentation outlines the types of baskets developed and used within the Scottish fishing industry from its heyday in the late 19th century to the early 20th century.   Based on an examination of the baskets …Continue reading “From Creels to Quarter Crans: the form and function of baskets used by the Scottish fishing community in the late 19th and early 20th centuries”

From currachs to coffins. Wickerwork and basketry as cultural and historical indicators.

Taken from a paper given at the Woven Communities Symposium, August 30th 2012Continue reading “From currachs to coffins. Wickerwork and basketry as cultural and historical indicators.”