Scottish Customs from the Cradle to the Grave

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2.Scottish Customs from the Cradle to the Grave, Polygon, Edinburgh, 1992. Reprinted 1993, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000, 2001, etc. (On Scottish Best Sellers List, 1992) Second (expanded) edition, Birlinn, Edinburgh, 2004. Third edition, 2019.


A highly readable and absorbing anthology of traditional Scottish customs and rites of passage Scottish Customs from the Cradle to the Grave draws upon a broad range of literary and oral sources. Scotland has been fortunate to have written accounts of intrepid early travellers such as Martin Martin Edward Burt and John Lane Buchanan and extracts from their writing are found alongside modern interviews made by Margaret Bennett and researchers from the School of Scottish Studies at Edinburgh University. This expanded edition includes a large amount of new material. The result is a detailed and comprehensive picture of social behaviour in Scotland over the last 400 years. The book is divided into three sections each covering a stage in the cycle of life: Childbirth and infancy; Love courtship and marriage; Death The first edition was originally published by Polygon and was joint runner-up of the 1993 Katharine Briggs Folklore Award.


Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationEdinburgh, Scotland
PublisherPolygon & Birlinn Publishers
ISBN (Print)9780748661183, 9781841582931, 9781780275741
Publication statusPublished or Performed - 2019