The Early Years and Sailing Fishing Boats

Hopeman was founded during the first decade of the 19th century when the local landowner began to sell off sections of his estates. One of the lots was Inverugie and this was purchased in June1805 by William Young, a local farmer, and before long he was advertising the new village of Hopeman as a Desirable Situation for Fishermen, Tradesmen & Labourers in the County of Moray. These adverts highlighted the excellent soil for farming and the rich fishing ...

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Steam Drifters and the Herring Fisheries

With the introduction of the Fifie, Scaffie and Zulu sailing fishing boats during the 1800s they all became very successful during the herring fishery, building larger sailing boats and using bigger nets. The herring industry was seasonal so these boats worked long lines during the winter and drift nets for herring in the summer. Around the North East of Scotland the herring season was for around 8-9 weeks and to extend this fishery the larger boats started to ...

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Motor Replaces Steam Propulsion

Motor Fishing Vessels

Perhaps the biggest change to the fishing industry and the lives of fishermen was when engines and propellers were developed which would eventually replace the use sail and steam propulsion.  Sailing vessels could be difficult to manoeuvre on the fishing grounds and were much slower when returning to the lucrative markets with fresh fish.  Although this was not a problem with the steam drifters they were very large to accommodate the engine, boiler and coal storage and also ...

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Descendants of JOHN YOUNG

John Young was born during 1767 in Stotfield, Lossiemouth, Moray, Scotland and married Margaret Edwards on 15 June 1788.  John was lost at sea on December 25th 1806 at the age of 39 during the “Stotfield Disaster” when the small village of Stotfield lost its entire fishing fleet during a sudden and violent storm. All of the able bodied men and youths were lost leaving 17 widows, 47 orphaned children and two older men.  John’s parents were John Young and ...

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BRUCE FAMILIES IN HOPEMAN

 

BRUCE   FAMILIES IN HOPEMAN.

The origins of the BRUCE families are rather complicated, which is nothing unusual for Hopeman, as they are tied in with the SLATERS and so please also read the section on the Slater family for background information.

George Slater (Auld Dod Slater) b.1805 (Rathven or the Sloch) married Margaret Bruce b.1806 (Rathven) and they had seven of a family.  Rathven was the Parish around Buckie and ‘The Sloch’ was the old name for the ...

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FARMING DOWN HOPEMAN WAY – by Geordie Towns aged 81 (2005)

FARMING DOWN HOPEMAN WAY

by Geordie Towns aged 81. (2005)

 

Hopeman village has the sea to the north and farmland to the south, which consisted of two farms and numerous strips of letted land.

The farm of Backlands lies to the west of Hopeman and was owned by James McKimmie who also became the tenant of “Weddershill” during 1930. Weddershill was in the village of Hopeman and part of Hopeman Estate. It also ...

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“THE BROONS” – Memoirs of Hopeman Holidays by May Stewart aged 81 (2005)

Memoirs of Hopeman Holidays —- “THE BROONS”

By May Stewart aged 81 (2005)

The ‘Provan’ family was introduced to Hopeman in 1947-1948 following a visit to friends in Pluscarden who said they would take us for a run in their car and show us a ”beautiful little place called Hopeman.” Little did we think that was the start of a lifetime of lots of good times in this wee place and the people of the Moray coast, which has stood the ...

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1865 – Letter to Hellen McDonald

1865 LETTER This letter was found during 1991 by Derek & Lesley McPherson under the floorboards of one of the upstairs rooms whilst renovating the Post Office house at 44 Harbour Street. Lesley was the postmistress and owner of the Post Office next door at No 42. The letter on one piece of paper was written by Aliser McDonald (presume Alistair) from Plusgarden a few miles from Elgin to his niece Hellen McDonald who at the time must have been ...

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LETTER FROM MARTIN McHARDIE — CANADA

Mr. John McPherson February 1, 2013

Dear Sir:

It is with great personal interest that I read “Hopeman 1805-2005”. I received it from my sister, Eileen Cameron from Forres, for Christmas 2012. I will try to be as brief and concise as possible, but with all my memories and recognition of several of the people mentioned in the book, it will be difficult.

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Hopemans Lost Trade

 

HOPEMANS LOST TRADE

Oldest Woman’s Memories – “Mrs Mary Stewart born 1839”

 Extract from The Northern Scott – 1932

 The decline which the past half-century has brought to the lesser towns and villages of Moray and Nairn is a subject which has been common to practically every one of the old people who I have interviewed in the course of this series. With a touch of pride in their voices they have told of the days when ...

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