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Customs

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Subject Source: Sss
Scope Note: Created For = CW

Found in 215 Collections and/or Records:

Custom about maidean bhuana [corn dolly], 7 August 1886

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW122/12
Scope and Contents Custom probably collected from Duncan Cameron, police officer, Tobar Mhoire/Tobermory, Muile/Isle of Mull, about maidean bhuana [corn dolly] which reads 'Saw two maidean bhuana in house of Don[ald] Maclean Tobermory. Try who can have it This again is given to horses in first sgriob turadh.' [Tobar Mhoire, Am Muile/Isle of Mull].
Dates: 7 August 1886

Custom about water, 1901

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW110/59
Scope and Contents Custom about water which reads 'Water bro[ugh]t in a night a dileag [small quantity] is thrown into the fire as a libation to the firegod'.
Dates: 1901

Custom and archaeological finds relating to Eala, September 1870

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW106/25
Scope and Contents Custom and archaeological finds relating to Eala [possibly Clach na h-Ealaidh, Lios Mòr/Lismore, Earra Ghàidheal/Argyllshire]. The archaeological finds were pins, brooches and bones while the custom of retreating to Eala for a year and a day is described. Having completed their retreat people would emerge white-washed. Carmichael also mentions the location of the nunnery, the well where the nuns would wash [Tobar nam baintighearna at Creagan-nam-baintea[gh]rna] and another building near the...
Dates: September 1870

Custom and rhyme beginning 'Eimh iuch iuch, S a mhuir air chuth', 1901

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW110/85
Scope and Contents Custom in which a man going to the shore would call to his neighbours the rhyme beginning 'Eimh iuch iuch, S a mhuir air chrith'. The rhyme is composed of eight lines. Text has been scored through.
Dates: 1901

Custom and saying entitled 'Spilling Milk', 1895

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW1/60
Scope and Contents Custom and saying recorded by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula entitled 'Spilling Milk' describing how if someone spilt milk they would say 'Coma libh dheth tha bial feumach a feathamh air' [It doesn't matter, there's a needy mouth waiting for it] and that the thirsty party would get their thirst quenched. Text has been scored thorugh as if transcribed elsewhere.
Dates: 1895

Custom and story entitled 'Souming', 15 December 1894

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW1/55
Scope and Contents Custom and story written down by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula entitled 'Souming' [number and type of stock an individual croft can graze on a common grazings] describing the ages at which cows were included in the 'leibhidh' [levy], how in 1810 Lord MacDonald and MacCoinnich Bodhar of Lewis [MacKenzie of Seaforth, Eilean Leòdhais/Isle of Lewis] introduced new rules while Clanranald had no souming until 1820. MacRury states that in 1830 his grandfather had to send five heifers...
Dates: 15 December 1894

Custom and story relating to 'Càthadh an Fhras Lìn', c1870

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW7/32
Scope and Contents Custom and story relating to 'Càthadh an Fhras Lìn', the custom being that the lint seed was winnowed at dusk. The story tells of a servant girl in Draoineach, Skye [An Droighneach/Drynoch, An t-Eilean Sgitheanach/Isle of Skye] doing this but when asked by the lady of the house whom she saw, the girl replied 'that she had no luck that she only saw her master'. Within a year, the lady of the house had died and the servant girl married her master.
Dates: c1870

Custom called 'Faobh-bhleothan', 14 July 1870

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW116/96
Scope and Contents Custom called 'Faobh-bhleothan' probably collected from Margaret MacDonald, Malacleit/Malaclete, Uibhist a Tuath/North Uist telling how if a woman was caught milking her neighbour's cow and thus stealing its milk, her hand would be cut off at the wrist. 'A spot is still pointed at Udal where this was done for a poor wretch cau[gh]t in the act'. Written transversely over the text is another example citing the spot on Vallay [Bhàlaigh] where a woman was 'buried alive' for the same offence.
Dates: 14 July 1870

Custom entitled 'Brosnachadh Caonaig', 24 June 1887

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW89/131
Scope and Contents Custom entitled 'Brosnachadh Caonaig' collected from John MacAulay from Gearrloch [Geàrrloch/Gairloch, Ros is Cromba/Ross and Cromarty] but living in Edinburgh [Dùn Èideann describing how a fight would be started between school boys. Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.
Dates: 24 June 1887

Custom entitled 'Cannach an t-Sleibhe' relating to a marriage test, June 1887

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Identifier: Coll-97/CW89/112
Scope and Contents Custom entitled 'Cannach an t-Sleibhe' [canach an t-sleibhe or moss-cotton] relating to a marriage test in which a maid has to weave and sew a shirt of moss-cotton herself before she can get married. Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.
Dates: June 1887