progressive silting up of the harbour provided an inauspicious
to the 20th Century. Together with the advent of steam
trawling in Aberdeen this led to a steady drift away from
by fishermen and their families to Torry and Peterhead.
A School Inspector’s
report for 1900 notes that the roll had fallen by 30%
80 to 56 children. Two miles to the north at the hamlet
of Old Slains this trend took a dramatic twist. There,
1911, the inhabitants saw themselves faced with a winter
of starvation. They voted to abandon their homes and “tae
trek tae Torry” the fishing community on the south
bank of the River Dee in Aberdeen.
At the same time Collieston was growing in popularity as
a seaside resort. As much as the fresh air, it was the
of Mrs Stock’s shortbread and the prospect of spelding
teas that drew visitors to the village.