Yairs

David Collin

First published in the Galloway News on 29 December 2012

Yair nets were an unusual and distinctive feature of the River Dee for several hundred years, the last example only falling into disuse in the late 1960s or early 1970s. I don’t know of any other places where yair netting takes place, so it is important to record as much as possible about the locations on the Dee where it was practised, the construction techniques used and the method of operation while first-hand accounts are still available.

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