© Moray Firth Gansey Project July 2020

This project was part-financed by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and by the Scottish Government and The European Community Rural Aberdeenshire, Highland and Moray LEADER 2007 – 2013 Programmes.

Moray Firth Ganseys

Around 40 ganseys have been donated to the project.  We have also recorded the details of ganseys held in museums and heritage centres around the Firth, and those loaned by individuals.  In addition we have examined old photographs of people wearing ganseys in local collections.  It is intended that, in the long term, all of the information about our ganseys will be made available via a national gansey archive.  This will take time and funding to set up.  Meanwhile we are adding photographs and charts to this web site.  For more information about the ganseys shown, contact us via the e-mail address below.  The ganseys are now housed at the Scottish Fisheries Museum, Anstruther.

From time to time we are able to collect information about ganseys from outside the Moray Firth Area.  Follow the link to find out more about these.


Anchors - Lossiemouth - ropes and anchors

Cables - Avoch - hoofprints

Cables - Avoch - cables and wavy rib

Cables - Buckie

Cables - Hopeman cables and diagonals

Cables - hoofprints - village of origin unknown

Chevrons - Fraserburgh

Chevrons - Hopeman

Chevrons and mini cables - Hopeman

Chevrons - Lossiemouth

Diagonals - Avoch

Diamonds - Fraserburgh

Diamonds - Fraserburgh - herring net 1

Diamonds - Fraserburgh - herring net 2

Diamonds - Lossiemouth - herring net

Diamonds - Lossiemouth - diamonds and lobster claws

Diamonds - Peterhead

Diamonds - Portsoy

Diamonds - village of origin unknown

Flags - Fraserburgh

Heapies - Fraserburgh

Hearts - Fraserburgh

Shells - Fraserburgh 1

Shells - Fraserburgh 2 - shells and cables

Shells - Gardenstown

Shells - Whitehills - shells and mini cables

Tree of life - Fortrose

Tree of life - Fraserburgh 1

Tree of life - Fraserburgh 2

Zig zags - Cummingston - road to Duffus and ropes

Zig zags - Peterhead - road to Duffus and hoofprint cables

Zig zags - Rosemarkie - marriage lines and cables

Zig zags - Rosemarkie - Stepped zig zag and diamonds

Zig zags - Whitehills - road to Duffus and ropes