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Earl of Fife Coach
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Earl of Fife Coach

Historic Photographs
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Earl of Fife Coach
Historic Photographs
Earl of Fife Coach
Mail coaches began in the 1780's from Edinburgh and by 1835, 27 coaches were running to various places from Aberdeen. The Earl of Fife Coach seems to have started running around 1830, leaving Castle Street every moring at 7am and travelling via Old Meldrum, Turriff, Banff, Portsoy, Cullen and Fochabers where it joined the coaches to Inverness. It would arrive at Banff about 1pm, having changed horses on route. Coaches were often named from the noblemen in the district in which they ran. The coach's arrival was heralded by a bugle call, and the coachman is described as wearing a blue coat with red trimmings, white hat with a black band, shining shoes and grey spats.
As railways expanded throughout the 1850's coaches were no longer required and gradually disappeared from the roads. This illustration depicts the coach circa 1840.
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