Eyemouth

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Eyemouth is a town in southeast Scotland, 51 miles southeast of Edinburgh, 24 miles south of Dunbar, 9 miles north of Berwick, 2 miles east off the main A1 road.

Eyemouth is popular for its Memorials to the Fishermen lost in the 1818 storm, Museum about Fishing and Local Heritage, Beach, Gunsgreen House with a Museum about Smugglers, Fast Boat Trips, and Walking Route south to Berwick.

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The image top is of the 1818 Storm Memorial in the centre of Eymouth at the High Street. The storm began when most fishing boats were out at sea, causing the deaths of 189 fishermen from the area, with 129 from Eyemouth.

The second image is looking down the High Street.

The Statue of Willie Spears is on the High Street. Willie led a revolt against crippling taxes the fishermen were forced to pay to the Church. Willie died 10th August 1885.

The Eyemouth Museum is along from the Willie Spears Statue on Manse Road. It covers the Fishing History of the town and Local Heritage.

The 1818 Storm Memorial is on the Esplanade by the Beach. This Memorial is known as the Women And Bairns Memorial, dedicated to the 189 men lost at sea in a single day, leaving 78 widows and 182 children without a father.

Gunsgreen House is on the south side of the Harbour, once the home of local Smuggler John Nisbet. The house now serves as a Smugglers Museum.

Eyemouth History

1200s? - the harbour at Eyemouth was first used for fishing.

The town's name is from its location at the mouth of the river Eye Water.

1547 - Fort Point, Eyemouth, was built on the headland at Eyemouth. The Fort was used during wars between England, Scotland, and France, with Scotland and France often joining forces to fight England.

1559 - Fort Point was demolished under the Treaty of Cateau-Cambresis, a Treaty that tried to put an end to wars throughout Europe.

1753 - Gunsgreen House was built on the south side of the Harbour for a local smuggler John Nisbet, now a museum about smuggling Tea and Alcohol.

Smuggling was prolific in towns around the coast of Scotland from the mid 1600s to 1800s, to avoid paying taxes on goods, especially Whisky and Tea.

1811 - Eyemouth Parish Church was built.

1812 - 1885 - William Spears was a local fisherman that led a revolt against taxes on fish by the Church of Scotland.

1881 - the Eyemouth Disaster happened after most of the fishing fleet, around 20 boats and 129 men from Eyemouth, were lost in a violent storm.

1894 - Eyemouth Golf Club was founded.

1965 - Eyemouth's harbour was rebuilt with a fish market and business to repair and build boats up to 200 tonnes.

1980 - Eyemouth Parish Church was converted to serve as the Eyemouth Museum giving information and Fishing and Local Heritage.

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