Lybster  Caithness


In 1882-4, Frances Groome's Ordnance Gazetteer of Scotland described Lybster like this:

Lybster, a coast village of Latheron parish, Caithness, 13 3/8 miles SW by S of Wick. It has a post office under Wick, with money order, savings' bank, and telegraph departments, branches of the Commercial and the Aberdeen Town and County Banks, two hotels, a police station, a good boat harbour, a chapel of ease (1836; 805 sittings), a Free church, a public school, and fairs on the Thursday in July after Hill of Wick and the second Tuesday of November. ...

Lybster is the headquarters of one of the twenty-six fishery districts of Scotland, comprising the fishing villages of Latheronwheel, Forse, Lybster, and Clyth. Within this district the number of boats at the beginning of 1883 was 260, of fishermen and boys 1272, of fishcurers 22, and of coopers 56, whilst the value of boats was £10, 635, of nets £16, 776, and of lines £991. The following was the number in different years-of barrels of herrings salted or cured (1866) 15, 806, (1873) 28, 350, (1878) 10, 417, (1881) 20.764, (1882) 3458; of cod, ling, and hake taken (1873) 16, 979, (1881) 1205, (1882) 6200. Pop. (1861) 745, (1871) 833, (1881) 831.—Ord. Sur., sh. 110, 1877.

Lybster through time

Lybster is now part of Highland district. Click here for graphs and data of how Highland has changed over two centuries. For statistics about Lybster itself, go to Units and Statistics.

How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of Lybster, in Highland and Caithness | Map and description, A Vision of Britain through Time.


Date accessed: 22nd May 2024

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