Book launch for Brechin historian

Fishing Communities of Angus and the Mearns: with notes on salmon stations will be launded on Saturday.

Fishing Communities of Angus and the Mearns: with notes on salmon stations will be launded on Saturday.

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A book dedicated to the memory of its Brechin historian author, who died in 2002, will be launched at Montrose library at 11.30 a.m. on Saturday (July 27).

Fishing Communities of Angus and the Mearns: with notes on salmon stations, has been published by Pinkfoot Press, Brechin.

Over the course of his lifetime, Davy Adams had a number of monographs published covering some of Angus and Mearns’ fishertouns.

However he had planned a much more ambitious publication - a history of all communities from Torry to Dundee.

Following his death in 2002, before completing his book, all relevant documents pertaining to the planned works were given to Angus Council Cultural Services who created a plan to allow the project to be completed.

Gillian Zealand, who had worked with Davy and understood his methods, succeeded in sympathetically assembling the documents in the form that Davy had envisaged.

The book explores a variety of fishing methods, types of boats, markets and cures but mainly comprises of individual sections on the history of each of the communities.

There are two useful appendices devoted to bye-names and an alphabetical list of fisher surnames.

The 240-page publication is generously illustrated with photographs, maps, and drawings, many by the late Colin Gibson.

Davy Adams was brought up in Brechin and after leaving the city’s High School he studied for a few years at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee.

He worked as a draughtsman with Ferranti in Edinburgh and London and gained further qualifications at the new University of Stirling and Robert Gordon Universites.

He then worked for Angus District Council Libraries and Museums Department and started publishing regularly on many aspects of local history.

Later he founded the Chanonry Press in Brechin, publishing several titles encompassing the broad range of his historical research, including three studies of fishing villages and a series of booklets comprising collections of old photographs of Brechin.

Fishing Communities will be available at the usual local outlets or direct from the publisher at orders@pinkfootpress.co.uk