Dawn Gavin

In a small fishing Village in the Northeast coast of Scotland, the definition of beauty stretched beyond that which was solely aesthetic to encompass utility. It was not enough for a woman to be beautiful, for her attractiveness alone could not meet the needs of her family. In the absence of a pier, the women of Auchmithie bore the daily physical burden of carrying the men on their backs and wading through the cold waters of the North Sea to reach their fishing boats, thus ensuring that their menfolk could go out to sea with dry feet. Recognized and praised for their strength, these women were known as the "muckle backit."


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