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Travellers' fear of burkers; stories of escapes from burkers...

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Title - Travellers' fear of burkers; stories of escapes from burkers...
Contributors - Stanley Robertson; Betsy Whyte
Reporters - Alan J. Bruford

Summary - Travellers' fear of burkers; stories of escapes from burkers and other kidnappers.

Betsy Whyte and Stanley Robertson agree that they were brought up to be afraid of doctors and universities, because of the burkers who used to prey on Travellers. Betsy tells a true story about a doctor coming from Pitlochry to a Traveller camp and trying to steal the corpse of a baby that died, the child of Betsy's uncle. Stanley tells about an attempt to abduct a twelve-year-old girl while she was collecting water from a spring well. He heard this from the woman to whom it had happened, at the turn of the century. In another incident, two women Travellers escaping by hiding in a cornfield. They had a foundling child that had been left with them, and one of the women gave the toddler the breast to keep it quiet and was bitten.

Track Duration (h:m:s) - 00:05:53
Date Recorded - 1988.03.26
Language - English, Scots
Genre - Story, Information
Collection - School of Scottish Studies

Track ID - 85577
Original Tape ID - SA1988.011
Original Track ID - SA1988.011
Audio Quality - Good
Audio Format - R2R



Recording Location:
  County - Midlothian
  Parish - Edinburgh
  Village - Edinburgh

Item Notes - Recorded at the Scottish Oral History Group Conference. Burkers were murderers who killed to sell the bodies to anatomists. The name is from the notorious William Burke (of Burke and Hare), who was hanged in 1829.

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