SANDEND, a fishing village, in the parish of Fordyce, county of Banff, 2 miles (W. by N.) from Portsoy; containing 252 inhabitants. This small village, which takes its name from its sandy beach, is situated on the western shore of a small but secure bay of its own name, in the Moray Frith, and which is sheltered on the east by the boldly projecting headland of Redhyth. The inhabitants are chiefly employed in the lime quarries near the village, which are in extensive operation, and in the cod and herring fisheries off the coast, in which latter they employ seven boats, each having a crew of four men. The fisheries are generally attended with success, and great numbers of herrings are cured, and sent to the different markets, especially to Portsoy, whence they are shipped to various parts of the Baltic by the vessels which arrive at that port with cargoes of bones. In successful seasons these fisheries are very lucrative; and most of the individuals engaged in them realise during the season a clear profit of about £30 each: every crew of four men pays to the proprietor a rent of £4. 3. 4., for which they are supplied with a new boat once in seven years.

A Topographical dictionary of Scotland. . 1856.

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