Fraserburgh Old Photos & Film

Fraserburgh – known locally as ‘The Broch’ – is located in northeast Aberdeenshire, Scotland and has the biggest shellfish port in Europe. Its videos of the past reflect a small and close community.

Fraserburgh Through The 20th Century

This small fishing town in Scotland was at great risk during World War 2, despite being almost 600 north of London. 

During the 1950s the railways were an important way to move around Aberdeenshire, and thankfully this was caught on film. But as in the rest of the UK, Dr Beeching’s cuts changed the local rail industry forever. In just a few short years, Scotland lost 650 miles of its railway line and hundreds of railway stations, including Fraserburg.

The first video of local football appears in the mid-1960s and is a recurring theme in later decades. Socialising is a popular topic for filming by the end of the 1980s.

The video of young women working in the fish factory in the year 2000 reflects the importance of the harbour and fish trade to the town. The dangerous nature of the local seas in rough weather is also seen in other videos linked here.

Hogmanay, celebrating the start of the New Year, is an important Scottish tradition where a community gathers together in the heart of the town. 

The Blacknen In Fraserburgh

There are also a few videos showing the blacknen. This is very much a local custom practised in Orkney, Aberdeenshire, Angus and Fife and not widely known about in other parts of the UK.

Traditionally, a bride or groom would be covered in soot, treacle, flour and feathers on the day before the wedding, then paraded around town to ward off evil spirits.

Today, everyone in the Hen group (bride’s friends) and Stag group (groom’s friends) cover their faces in soot, get very drunk, and drive around on a truck with horns blaring. Finally, everyone jumps into the North Sea from the harbour!

Thanks to The_Red_Queen from Pixabay for use of the image.

Fraserburgh History In Old Photographs 

Published on 16 Oct 2013 by tourscotland.

Video of photographs of Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire.

“The name of the town means, literally, burgh of Fraser, after the Fraser family that bought the lands of Philorth in 1504 and thereafter brought about major improvement due to investment over the next century.” 

Which Page Would You Like To See Next?

  • Page 1 Fraserburgh History In Old Photographs 
  • Page 2 Fraserburgh at War ‘Little London’ (1939-45)
  • Page 3 St Combs Train Cab Ride (Easter 1959)
  • Page 4 Fraserburgh v Ross County (1964)
  • Page 5 Fraserburgh (Broch) Folk 1988
  • Page 6 Oak Tree Bar (1980s)
  • Page 7 Fraserburgh (Broch) Hogmanay 1 (1991)
  • Page 8 Fraserburgh (Broch) Hogmanay 2 (1991) 
  • Page 9 Fraserburgh (Broch) Hogmanay 3 (1991) Part 3
  • Page 10 Fraserburgh Brochers Trolly Jacking (1992)
  • Page 11 Town Centre Broch Folk 1993
  • Page 12 Dalrymple Dyke (1993)
  • Page 13 Stormy Seas At Fraserburgh Harbour (1997)
  • Page 14 Woolies (1999)
  • Page 15 Fraserburgh (Broch) Fish Yard (2000)
  • Page 16 Girls’ Blacknen Harbour Jump (2000)
  • Page 17 Mens’ Blacknen Harbour Jump (2000)
  • Page 18 Broadsea Fraserburgh (2000)
  • Page 19 Fraserburgh Strongest Man (2007)
  • Page 20 Visiting Fraserburgh (2007)
  • Page 21 Rough Weather At The Harbour (2013)

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