Herring’s historical place within the Forth. It is emblematic of the Forth’s fishing and of the Forth’s ability to support its coastal communities for centuries. Hearing stories of the lammas drave and the winter herring were stories of my youth and are a part of my family’s history.
Herring was a staple of the diets of many people across the Firth of Forth and led to an explosion in the economy and status of many of the coastal villages around the Forth. Many royal boroughs were created in direct connection to the fishing of herring.
I have used scrap fabric and cotton wool to make these three herring.