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Images of Portsoy, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Portsoy was created a burgh of barony in 1550 and its first harbour was considered to be the safest in the North East. As a result it handled a lively trade with England and the Continent. The town was particularly famed for its marble, cut from a vein of serpentine which runs across the braes to the west of the harbour. Portsoy Marble was greatly appreciated for its beauty and was used in the construction of parts of Louis XIV's Palace of Versailles.

The 19th century herring boom brought further prosperity to Portsoy. At its peak, the herring fleet totalled 57 boats. The harbour was washed away in an extremely violent storm in 1828 and it took until 1884 for the harbour to be rebuilt. At one time a railway line ran down to the older harbour which maintained a busy commercial trade, particularly in coal. Towards the end of the 19th century the Portsoy fishing fleet moved to the larger harbours of Macduff and Buckie and today Portsoy's harbours are primarily used by pleasure craft and creel boats catching lobster and crab.

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North High Street. Portsoy - Scotland
North High Street 1910
Picture Boat and Crew Portsoy Harbour
Boat and Crew 1910
Curries Tailors and Kiltmaker, Portsoy - Scotland
Curries Tailors & Kiltmaker
Picture Fatties Rock and Portsoy - Scotland
Fatties Rock & Portsoy
Picture The Kilns Portsoy - Scotland
The Kilns
Image The Mills Portsoy - Scotland
The Mills
Old Photograph  Harbour and High Street Portsoy - Scotland
Old Harbour & High St.
Coastguard Station Position
Coastguard Station
Old Photo Public School Portsoy
Public School
Old Picture Herring Baiting Portsoy
Herring Baiting 1900's
The Lock Portsoy
The Lock Portsoy

Picture Portsoy from the West - Scotland

Portsoy from the West

Larger Image of Postcard, Seafield Street Portsoy

Seafield Street Portsoy

Picture of Ogilvie Home Portsoy
Ogilvie Home Portsoy

 

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Old Photographs of Portsoy Aberdeenshire - Scotland