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Scope and Contents Custom written down by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula entitled 'Goisteachd' and additionally entitled 'Blood Brotherhood' by Alexander Carmichael. MacRury recalls how if two boys drew blood while playing then one would put blood on the back of the hand of the other and say 'roinn [rinn] mi goisteachd riut' and that would mean that they 'were friends in all plays henceforth', although frequently the bond was short-lived MacRury remarks 'there was something in it as the...
Dates: 9 January 1895
Scope and Contents Custom written down by John Ewen MacRury, Beinn na Faoghla/Benbecula entitled 'Togal an Doinis' [Togail an Donais] describing how if something was stolen and the culprit not known, the suspects names were written on a piece of paper and if the person performing the charm could not write then a symbol was drawn to represent each suspect. The paper was folded longways, rubbed between the hands and dropped into a bowl of water. If the culprit's name was on the paper it would sink to the bottom of...
Scope and Contents Custom for 'La-Fheil-Bride' [La Feille Bhride, St Bridget's Day] in which a person was sent to the strand to bring home a partan [crab] which was then placed in the middle of the house. If the crab went towards the upper end of the house, the family would remain in the house but if it went towards the door, it indicated that they would have to leave.
Scope and Contents Custom probably collected from Penelope MacLellan, Ormacleit/Ormaclete, Uibhist a Deas/South Uist which reads 'Going 3 times southwise of the cladh [graveyard] made a mare retain her foal, and this was done to all the mares in Uist [Uibhist]. Also notes that that Clann Mhuirich had a tearmad or sanctuary, which meant that when someone reached Clachan Staoligeary [Clachan Stadhlaigearraidh] they were safe.
Dates: 26 May 1869
Scope and Contents Custom probably collected from Duncan Cameron, police officer, Tobar Mhoire/Tobermory, Muile/Isle of Mull, for repelling the neas [stoat] from calves stating that as stoats hate the smell of burning, people burn the tail and leg of a new calf or old leather.
Dates: 7 August 1886
Custom of horse racing, gathering carrots and celebrations on the Isle of Barra on saints days, 25 September 1872
Scope and Contents Custom of horse racing, gathering carrots and celebrations on the Isle of Barra [Barraigh] on saints days including that on La Fheill Barra [St Barr's Day] and St Michael's Day [La Fheill Mìcheil] men would race horses three times round the cemetery at Cille Bharra and at Borve [Borgh] respectively. The man would always have a woman sitting behind him. Also, after mass on the Sunday, girls would dig up wild carrots and collect them in the pockets of a while plaid with red stripes. The cloth...
Dates: 25 September 1872
Scope and Contents Custom of 'Oiche an Da Shuiper' [The Night of the Two Suppers], which was held on 22 June each year. In Cataibh/Sutherland there was a supper at nine o'clock and another at midnight. 'The time between was passed in great festivities dancing and singing'. Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.
Scope and Contents Custom on La Fheill Brìde [St Bride's Day] that people went to the beach and brought back a crab [partan] which was placed in the middle of the floor. If the crab 'went to uac[hd]ar an tai[gh]' [the top of the house] 'the man re[mained] on the lar am bliana, if he went to the door he left'. Carmichael notes that hte custom is 'Not now done.'
Dates: 20 November 1873
Scope and Contents Custom regarding dust and ashes at New Year, that they should not be put out but be kept behind the door to [keep out the fairies] (text is unclear).
Custom regarding the attendance of fathers at the funeral of their stillborn or unbaptised children, September 1909
Scope and Contents Custom regarding the attendance of fathers at the funeral of their stillborn or unbaptised children. It states that they do not attend the funeral and go about their ordinary work and that if they do attend they will have no more children. Text has been scored through as if transcribed elsewhere.
Dates: September 1909