Recipes from Scotland 1680s to 1940s

Fish and shellfish

Gutters at Stornoway

Fishing was a major industry and employer long before 1910, when our photograph of gutters at work on the dockside at Stornoway was taken.

Herring were eaten widely by ordinary people and tended to be the cheapest fish dishes.

The wealthy rarely ate herrings other than at breakfast, which may explain why historic recipe books contain few herring recipes.

Photo of people gutting fish on a dockside

Gutting fish on the harbour at Stornoway, around 1910. [Library reference: Phot.s.139]
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Fish and shellfish