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English name Anstruther
Gaelic name Eanstair
Location Fife
Local authority Fife ~ Fìobh
Parish post 1891
County post 1891 Fife ~ Fìobh
Topographical feature type
Postcode area KY10
OS sheet number
OS grid reference NO565034
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Sources Port na h-Enstraich – Port of the Anstruther boat. This design was very popular here for lobster fishing, and for herring fishing until the Zulu came.: Place Names of Coigach, Donald Fraser 1957 Cha robh uinneag ann nach robh cho mor ‘s cho leathann ri seol-toisich eanstraich! ‘ : Mac-talla

“Among capitalists Mr. Methven, of Leith, was a pioneer of the deep-sea herring fishing. With the encouragement given by him and other fishcurers, that fishing received an impetus, and a larger class of boats was introduced. Many of these were of the type known as the ” Anstruther build,” and each one was in consequence called “An Anstrutherach,” a name which in course of years was shortened into “Eanstrach.” This word became the usual designation for boats of that build till the larger boats of recent years were introduced.” Report… by the Crofters Commission on the Social Conditions of the People of Lewis in 1901


Additional info See here for more details. Anstruther Fire Station ~ Stèisean-Smàlaidh Eanstair