The parents of Ann Dow leased the salmon fishing at Cruden
Bay from the Earl of Errol.
Ann's husband was Peter Mundie, a Cooper by trade, from Peterhead. It
looks as if, aged 23, Peter had got the job in Port Errol, of making barrels
for the pickled salmon, and had quickly swept the boss's daughter off her
feet. There must have been some doubts about his integrity, reliability,
etc., for the Earl, and Ann's mother, arranged for the continuation lease to
be in Ann's name, not that of her new husband. Somewhat advanced practice
Anyway, Ann ran the business so successfully with the help of her husband
and of her cousins, the Mitchell family ,who managed the nets and boats,
that she built two substantial houses in Port Errol - one each for herself -
"Roselea"- and her sister Helen - "Bay View". Both are still prominent,
though Roselea has changed its name. She retired from business when her
lease ran out in 1902, when she was 44, and the family moved to Aberdeen.
TMH. October 2003.