Gutting Herrings In Newhaven Harbour, Edinburgh | Oil on Canvas

Herring Lassies Tales

 

Contemporary Figurative Artist Davy Macdonald  is the Edge of Humanity Magazine contributor of these images.  From the series ‘The Herring Lassies’.  To see Davy’s body of work, click on any image.

 

Herring Lassie at Work

 

Sunrise

 

Today’s Catch

 

Cloots

 

The backdrop for these paintings is Newhaven Harbour in Edinburgh. The idea was to recreate and capture the spirit and camaraderie of the Herring Lassies. Thousands of girls from the Scottish Highlands and islands worked in the Herring industry. They normally worked in a tight knit crew of three. Herring gutting was a valuable seasonal source of employment for the girls and women. Although the work of herring gutting entailed long hours of very hard and dirty work for a low wage, the work was appreciated and, because of the companionship and the team work the cheerful girls looked forward to the opening of each fishing season. Many got their first job opportunity at the herring gutting after they left school at 14 years old, which was the school leaving age.

 

Herring Lassie at Newhaven Harbour

 

The Boat That Didn’t Come Home

 

Herring Lassies Mending Nets

 

Herring Lassies Carrying Crans

 

The Fisher Lass

 

All images © Davy Macdonald

 

 

See also:

Gothic Edinburg

By Davy Macdonald

 

 

 

%d bloggers like this: