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This book on the history of Hopeman charts two centuries of life in a fishing village which is described as “a gem of the Moray coast”.
During Hopeman’s bicentennial year in 2005, countless photographs, documents and life stories were brought together for an exhibition in the village which was visited by HRH Prince Andrew.
Soon after these celebrations, lifelong resident John McPherson realised that unless the collection of memories was recorded in some form, future generations might never learn of the village’s proud history.
“We really didn’t want the 200-year milestone to pass without doing something,” said Mr McPherson, a retired marine consultant who is a member of Hopeman Community Association.
So with the help of his entire community, he compiled the book, ‘Hopeman 1805-2005’, which includes a detailed history of the village, enhanced by stories from people who lived there during the heyday of the fishing industry.
The book records many of the businesses set up in Hopeman over the years, studies the ‘Houpman tongue’, with a glossary of words and terms prevalent on the Moray coast, and lists many of the fishing boats which plied their trade from the port.
Tales emerge from one of Hopeman’s historic landmarks, the ‘Black Sheddie’ at the foot of Harbour Street, which has been a meeting place for fishermen for as long as the village has been in existence.
The writer even explores the old railway line which ran through Hopeman and its neighbours, Burghead and Cummingston,
And Mr McPherson’s own recollections of growing up in Hopeman in the 1950s offer a revealing insight into the sounds, sights and smells of the village, and highlight how much it has changed over the years.
Many pictures from the past century are reproduced, along with articles and photographs which appeared in ‘The Northern Scot’ and ‘Courant’ newspapers over the years.