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finnan haddie l18- 
A haddock cured with the smoke of green wood, peat or turf 

(cf haddie, nickname for an Aberdonian). 

Finnan is the local pronunciation of the Kincardineshire fishing village of Findon which gave its name to a method of smoke-curing fish. It was first practices there in the early 19th century in the days before refrigeration as a means of preserving the fish. It was first practices there in the early 19th century in the days before refrigeration as a means of preserving the fish. 

flax n 
The fibres of Linum usitatissimum used to make linen. 

Aberdeenshire became the centre of the Scottish linen industry during the 19th century. Villages such as Cuminestown, Fetterangus and Stuartfield were established to cater for the trade. All over the North East hamlets and farms called Linton betray their ancestry as weaving and spinning centres for flax.

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