Where does the term “Finnan Haddie” come from and What does finnan haddie mean?

Either of two fishing villages in Scotland is credited with the first source and naming of the delicacy finnan haddie, but no report has been circulated that either has claimed first honors.

The delicacy, if your taste runs that way, is merely smoked haddock, haddie to the Scots, haddock usually smoked with green wood.

Sir Walter Scott attributed the source and name to Findhorn, a village on Moray Firth, but a few years earlier, Walter Thorns, in his History of Aberdeen (1811), gave the credit to the village of Findon, to the south of Aberdeen.

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