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Title - Healing powers associated with particular types of people an...
Contributors - Betsy Whyte; Bryce Whyte
Reporters - Dr Linda Williamson

Summary - Healing powers associated with particular types of people and with early death.

It was discovered that Betsy Whyte's Uncle Davy, who was a seventh son, had a power of healing. A piece of his hair was put into water, which was then used to bathe cuts and bites. It often happened that people who were gifted in this way died young. When Davy was hungover one morning, he accidentally drank spirits of salts [hydrochloric acid], which tinsmiths used to melt solder.

Women healers had particular skills, for instance as a howdie [midwife], or in curing whooping cough. A woman, like Iris Whyte, who married a man with the same surname, was supposed to be good at nursing invalids. Bryce Whyte recalls a bonesetter who died about twenty years previously [tape cuts off abruptly].


Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:04:10
Date Recorded - 1975.08
Language - English
Genre - Story, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 76337
Original Tape ID - SA1975.107
Original Track ID - SA1975.107
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R



Recording Location:
  County - Angus
  Parish - Montrose
  Village - Montrose

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Permanent Link - http://www.tobarandualchais.co.uk/fullrecord/76337/1




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