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FINNAN, n. The local name of Findon, a small fishing village in Kcd., near Aberdeen, noted for its smoke-cured fish.

Hence combs. Finnan haddock (haddie), Finnan speldin (see Speldin), a haddock (or whiting) cured with the smoke of green wood, peat or turf. Gen.Sc. Also in forms Findon, Finden, Fin(n)on; ¶Finzean (Sc. 1828 Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) II. 134), and, by confusion with Findhorn in Mry., Findhorn, Findram, -rum, Fintrum. Sc. 1707 G. Miege Pres. State Gt. Brit. II. 15:
Those, called Findon-Haddocks, which abound at Aberdeen, being dry'd, eat with a marrowy Taste, and are much admir'd by strangers.
Abd. 1735 Abd. Estate (S.C.) 21:
To Finnan haddocks and a Lobster 0 0 4½ [Ib. Finden]
Edb. 1773 R. Fergusson Poems (1925) 36:
The Buchan bodies thro' the beech Their bunch of Findrums cry.
Sc. 1816 Scott Antiquary xxvi.:
Findhorn haddocks (that is, haddocks smoked with green wood).
Sc. 1860 E. B. Ramsay Reminiscences 122:
The lang-tongued hizzies skirling out “Ael a [yellow] Findram Speldrains,” and they just ca'ed it that to get a better grip o't wi' their tongues.
Fif. 1898 “S. Tytler” Mrs Carmichael's Goddesses ix.:
He had ceased . . . to be aware that the Finnan haddies or mince collops were cooked for his special benefit.
ne.Sc. 1903 G. Sim Vertebrate Fauna of “Dee” 236:
“Finnan Haddies” are now made in Aberdeen . . . they are not the “Finnans” of thirty years ago. . . . The real “Finnan” was cleaned and smoked on the day it was caught, and the smoking was done with peat fuel.

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