Old Photograph Fish Market Newhaven Scotland

Old photograph of the fish market in Newhaven, Edinburgh, Scotland. The Society of Free Fishermen of Newhaven, dating from at least 1572, was one of the oldest friendly societies in Scotland. It survived until 1989. Up to the end of the 20th century, pilots of ships on the Firth of Forth traditionally came from a close knit group of Newhaven families. The early pilots provided their own crews and sailing cutters which were regarded as the fastest and most seaworthy available. Between 1572 and 1890, Newhaven was a major port for landing oysters. It also played a role in the fishing and whaling industry.

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