03 January 1746 Advertisement in the Edinburgh Advertiser:
‘Any young woman not under 15, nor much over 30 years of age, that is tolerably handsome, and would incline to give her hand to a Black Prince, upon directing a letter to F.Y., care of the Publisher, will be informed particularly as to this matrimonial scheme, which they may be assured is a good one in every respect, the colour of the husband only exepted. If desired, secresy may be depended on.’
1873 Article in the East of Fife Record:
‘Arrival of boats from the North’
‘Up to yesterday, fifteen boats, belonging chiefly to the fishing villages in the Moray Firth, had arrived here (Anstruther) for the purpose of prosecuting the winter herring fishing. Others are said to be making preparations for coming to this port, and it is expected that between fifty and sixty boats from the northern stations will fish here during the season. Each crew is generally accompanied by a young woman, who attends to their domestic needs.
Ah the good old days!