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The start of a burker story and discussion of burkers.

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Title - The start of a burker story and discussion of burkers.
Contributors - Belle Stewart; Alec Stewart
Reporters - Dr Sheila Douglas

Summary - The start of a burker story and discussion of burkers.

Alec Stewart's father warned him to hide in the bottom of the cart when they reached the Bogle Brig [Bridge], for fear of burkers. There were five burkers waiting at the bridge. Belle Stewart comments that they sometimes disguised themselves as women, and explains that burkers were bodysnatchers. They took their name from Burke, of Burke and Hare. Travellers were known to have disappeared. [Break in tape.] Sheila Douglas mentions a story about an old woman disappearing in St Andrews and her mutch [a kind of headgear] being found. Bodies were also bought in Aberdeen.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:02:03
Date Recorded - 1978.10
Language - English
Genre - Story, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 55956
Original Tape ID - SA1978.160
Original Track ID - SA1978.160
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R



Item Location:
  County - Perthshire
  Parish - Dunning

Item Notes - At one point Alec Stewart uses the third person, but otherwise he tells the story in the first person for dramatic effect, although the story, if true, must have happened to an earlier generation. The term 'burker' comes from William Burke (of Burke and Hare). Burke went beyond bodysnatching and committed murder in order to sell the bodies for dissection; he was hanged in 1829.

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