Out of the Farlans: Fresh Fields

I am now very happy to be reading my aunts recent book called “Out of the Farlans: Fresh Fields”. This is a particularly interesting read for anyone who is interested in the the history of the North East of Scotland and the Broch and Broadsea in particular. It is based on fact and tells the story of her own ancestors going back to the1800’s. The book contains regular passages in the Doric dialect so understanding is enhanced if the reader can understand those bits ( I don’t think that Google Translate can deal with that as yet) 😉

Having been brought up in the Broch ( Fraserburgh ) and having memories of being a young lad around the herring drifters ( all be it from the motor boat version which two generation on from the sailing drifters which are mentioned in the book) – there is a lot in the book that I can relate to. I can hear the sounds of the harbour as I read the early chapters. I also have fond memories of heading out for a Sunday afternoon walk with my friends which we used to do often and the harbour was a regular haunt! I am currently about 1/3 through the book and will post again as I make further progress with my reading which I find is always easier when I am travelling.

Both my grandfathers would enjoy relating stories of their early days in and around the fishing industry which was always a dominant influence in those early days. I recall one story in particular about the fisher men heading for the fishing grounds and there being no wind. This meant that the oars were used and it being the summer season and very hot they would perspire profusely until the sweat could be seed oozing out of the eyelets in their boots!!!! Of course you never could tell how much detail was dramatisation or pure fact 😉

You can find the book on Amazon – see the following link,


You can also read my subsequent post about the book after I had finished reading it – click here