Place:St. Abbs, Berwickshire, Scotland

NameSt. Abbs
Alt namesColdingham Shoresource: (until 1890s) Wikipedia
Coordinates55.896°N 2.1311°W
Located inBerwickshire, Scotland     ( - 1975)
See alsoColdingham, Berwickshire, Scotlandparish in which St. Abbs was located until 1975
Borders, Scotlandregional authority 1975-1996
Scottish Borders, Scotlandunitary council area since 1996

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St. Abbs historically known as Coldingham Shore, is a small fishing village located on the south east coast of Scotland, in the Berwickshire area of the Scottish Borders.

The village was originally known as Coldingham Shore, the name was changed in the 1890s to St. Abbs. The new name was derived from St Abb's Head, a rocky promontory located to the north of the village, itself named after St. Aebbe.


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St. Abbs was originally called Coldingham Shore. Prior to any buildings the fishermen who worked their boats from the beach resided at Fisher's Brae in Coldingham. These fishermen had to carry their fishing gear the one and a half miles down a path. The path is now known as the Creel Path, Creel is the local name for a Lobster pot.

The first building in St. Abbs was constructed about the middle of the 18th century followed later by a row of 5 cottages. This first row of houses where constructed in a traditional Scottish style with a central fire and a wide chimney. The walls were constructed of "Clat and Clay" a framework of wood interlaced with straw and daubed over with moist clay.

By 1832 it is recorded that the inhabitants of the Shore comprised sixteen families, who with twenty others residing in Coldingham, obtained their livelihood by fishing. In addition to these, thirty people proceeded annually to the North for the Herring fishing, which gave employment for fourteen boats from the village.

The village was renamed at the end of the 19th century by the then Laird Mr Andrew Usher, to its present title St. Abbs.

In November 1907 the Member of Parliament for Berwickshire, Mr H J Tennant, announced that the Royal National Lifeboat Society had agreed to supply St Abbs with a lifeboat, and that the Board of Trade had also agreed to place life-saving apparatus at St Abbs as soon as possible.

St. Abbs was the main subject of the book, Ebb Tide: Adrift on the Waves of Memory With the Fisher Folk of Berwickshire, by Will Wilson.

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