Well, I think it came out of the communal township tradition, which they fought for, of course, as you know. They reconquered large parts of Western Scotland from the landowners in the later nineteenth century, so there’s a tremendously powerful belief in those kind of values. And that inhibited really pushing forward with fishing which was much a more individualistic activity. You had your little boat, you weren’t that well equipped, and that’s for you to catch. It’s not for everybody in the community.

  • Paul Thompson
Location:
London
Date:
Friday 17th July 2009
Reference:
SWI2009/003