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Children of the Sea: The Story of the People of Eyemouth Paperback – 16 Nov 2001

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  • Paperback: 200 pages
  • Publisher: Tuckwell Press Ltd (16 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1862322406
  • ISBN-13: 978-1862322400
  • Product Dimensions: 23.5 x 16 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 116,155 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" a rivetting book... a gripping read" -- Scotsman

"A carefully researched and gripping book...it makes the events seem as though they were yesterday -- Newcastle Journal

"Aitchison, descended from families who lost loved ones...produces a vivid picture of a disaster waiting to happen" -- Daily Mail

"one of the most enthralling Scottish books I have ever read" -- John Bellany, Scottish artist who provided the illustrations

Aitchison, with assiduous research and a deft writing style..produces compelling eye witness acounts... -- HERALD NEWSPAPER

About the Author

Peter Aitchison is a New Producer on BBC Radio Scotland. Born in Eyemouth, he now lives in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Nov. 2001
Format: Paperback
I was drawn to this book as one interested in Scottish history in general, and in the history of the fishermen of the borders in particular. I expected a rather dry read, but was delighted to find an enthralling account of the neglected story of disaster, courage, and determination which took placxe in the town of Eyemouth during the 19the century. Historians, genealogists, and anyone who enjoys a good read will enjoy and learn from this wonderful book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By G.I.Forbes on 4 Mar. 2009
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This excellent book deals with the history of Eyemouth(a fishing village in Berwickshire on the east coast of Scotland)from the 1500s to the 1800s.
Although the main emphasis is on fishing leading to the disaster of 14 Oct.1881(Black Friday)other subjects covered include border raids,witchcraft,tithes,religion and pilotage.
The storm of 1881 resulted in 19 of 41 boats in the Eyemouth fishing fleet being sunk with the loss of 129 lives plus 60 lives lost and a number of boats from neighbouring villages.
This disaster is very well documented giving the names of all boats lost and the names of all men who died.
Thereis an excellent bibliography while the pictures are outstanding.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 April 2010
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As a child i spent many a summer in eyemouth and even to this day it holds a special place for me. I always knew that there had been a disaster and had visited the museum about it, but i never knew the gritty deatils. This is a fantastic book. It is gripping and at times harrowing to read, but it gives a full and accurate account of that terrible day, which i fear is not remembered enough and the story is not told in schools (especialy if you hail from the west coast of scotland). I would urge people to buy this book if like me you want to know more about scottish history and a little more about places and communities you love.
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Very interesting book, I am originally from Eyemouth and I didn't know much about the history of Eyemouth, my only criticism was the long chapters in the book.
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Fascinating (and reissued under another title) 1 Sept. 2013
By Trish of ME - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
First, no need to pay ridiculous prices for a new copy, see "Black Friday", which is the title of the reprinted edition of this book.

This is a wonderful story of a village disaster. As a descendant of Berwickshire scotsmen I was interested in it, my husband who has no connection to Scotland said it was one of the best books he's read. It reads very much like the retelling of a family tale, which it is.

I especially recommend this for anyone doing genealogy connected with the Berwickshire coast. There are many families mentioned, with lots of information you won't get from the parish records.
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