First made by Mr Jolly, a Forfar baker in the mid-1900s, opinions differ on the origin of its name. Was it after a woman named Bridie who hawked them about the town in the late 1800s?  Or was it after its lucky horseshoe shape, making it popular fare at the bride’s meal?

About Catherine Brown

Catherine Brown is a food writer, author, teacher and Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries (Scot.). Noted for her food columns in The Herald (Glasgow) for over two decades, she was also a presenter, with Derek Cooper, of Scotland’s Larder. She can be visited at