North East Migration
- Just a few thoughts on the recent discussion about people movement around Peterhead :
There certainly would have been movement of some "landsmen" from the rural areas to migrate to places like Peterhead to try their luck at the fishing and, in Peterhead's case, the whaling.
But there was also a lot of movement of seamen from the smaller ports to the larger ports like Peterhead as the town grew in importance for shipping, whaling and fishing.
Quite a number of families came from the villages of Inverallochy, Cairnbulg and St.Combs for example (by way of Burnhaven).
Others came from the nearby parishes of Cruden, Slains and Foveran.
There was also a lot of contact between Peterhead and Buckie (for example) and Buckie fishermen sometimes married Peterhead women and settled in the town.
Patterns within my own family tree had a family coming originally from Wick to Peterhead. And in another case, coming from Golspie to Cullen (Banffshire) and eventually down to Peterhead. All basically related to the fishing industry and the evolution of the major ports at the expense of the smaller harbours.
Hope this helps.......................................Alex Ritchie
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