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Scottish Customs: From the Cradle to the Grave

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Tape-recorded interviews from the 20th and 21st centuries give voice to tradition-bearers from all walks of life adding color to this comprehensive picture of social behavior. The most up-to-date, authoritative work on the subject, this collection spans several centuries and, in three sections, deals with Childbirth and Infancy; Love, Courtship and Marriage; and Death and ...more
Paperback, 340 pages
Published December 1st 2004 by Birlinn Ltd (first published December 1st 2000)
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Marguerite Kaye
Mar 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a brilliant book for dipping in and out of, full not only of traditions and customs, but with explanations of their origins, and their many regional variations. I can't say it's the type of book you'd want to read start to finish, but it's fantastic for research (which is how I use it) and really accessible. A combination of oral and written history from lots of sources going back to the 17th Century, if you're writing a Scottish wedding scene, I'd say it's invaluable. And what's more, ...more
Elaine
Feb 20, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I never realized how superstitious the Scottish people are. Very fascinating look at childbith, marriage and deaths customs. After researching Scottish ancestors, I wonder if they held these beliefs.
Micheale
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful book filled with stories and descriptions of Scottish customs. As someone of Scottish descent, I found it especially interesting.
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