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Title - Betsy Whyte's memories of her mother in connection with stor...
Contributors - Betsy Whyte
Reporters - Dr Linda Williamson

Summary - Betsy Whyte's memories of her mother in connection with storytelling.

When she is telling stories, what goes through Betsy Whyte's mind is the memory of her mother. She used to go through her mother's hair for head lice, with a story as the reward. Travellers would be ashamed to tell this now, but Betsy has seen the same thing in Dundee: women sitting on the stairs with their children's heads in their laps. Betsy and her sister Alice each had their favourite stories, some of which Betsy names. Betsy's mother told many stories about animals and about fairies. Betsy heard her mother's stories many times, as other children also came in to hear them, and then they were told to the grandchildren. Betsy's mother believed the story of the changeling to be true and remembered it happening, though this could have been a trick of a child's mind.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:07:52
Date Recorded - 1976.09.19
Language - Scots
Genre - Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 78071
Original Tape ID - SA1976.272
Original Track ID - SA1976.272.A3
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R


Item Notes - There are several recordings on other tapes of Betsy Whyte telling the story of how her grandmother drove away a changeling, witnessed by Betsy's mother as a child of about eight.

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