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Customs relating to La-Samhna [Halloween], 20 November 1873

Identifier: Coll-97/CW111/14

Scope and Contents

Customs relating to La-Samhna [Halloween] including that a girl would put an object [not defined here] under her pillow and if she saw her lover coming to take it from her then she would be married that year; that three plates one each of butter, salt and water were placed on the floor and then a blind-folded person was to put their hand in a plate and whichever one he chose would be of significance for example if he chose salt then that would mean death; girls would throw their 'criosan' [belts] out through the window and a blind-folded person threw them back one by one. The first one to receive her belt back would get the first man, the second, the second man and so on and lastly that a girl would go to allt criche [boundary burn] and she was not to speak until she spoke to her lover in her sleep. Text text has been scored through in ink as if transcribed elsewhere.


  • Creation: 20 November 1873

Language of Materials

English Gaelic

Conditions Governing Access

This material is unrestricted.


From the Series: 93 folios ; 20.5 x 13.2 cm

Physical Location


Physical Location

folio 4v, line 10 to folio 4v, line 25

Related Materials

Coll-97/CW111/13 - more information on saints days collected at the same time but in less detail.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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