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Story about the custom of throwing a ball of thread into a kiln to find out the name of one's husband, c1870

 Item
Identifier: Coll-97/CW7/34

Scope and Contents

Story about the custom of throwing a ball of thread into a kiln at night to find out the name of one's husband. On one occasion, young men got into the kiln without the young women knowing. As each girl threw her ball of thread into kiln asking 'Co sid shuas air ceann mo ropain?' [Who is at the end of my thread?] a young man would put on a false voice and give her the answer she wanted to hear. When the third girl asked, the young man joked that he was the devil 'come to take you away for teaching these goslings my secrets!'. The girl got such a fright that she died soon after despite the young man asking for her forgiveness.

Dates

  • c1870

Language of Materials

Gaelic,English

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.

Extent

From the Series: 39 folios ; 26.3 x 22.1 cm

Physical Location

5.07

Physical Location

folio 33r, line 8 to folio 33v, line 7

Repository Details

Part of the Edinburgh University Library Special Collections Repository

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