Halloween was held on the old date in Killin; there was a bo...
Fieldworkers
Date April 1964
Track ID 17998
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1964.15.A16

Original Tape ID

SA1964.015

Summary

Halloween was held on the old date in Killin; there was a bonfire and guisers and mischief.

Before 1914 Halloween was held on 11th November in Killin. This was the old heathen date. They gathered timber in the woods for weeks then built a bonfire on Carn na Bonnach. There was horseplay and mischief at night. The boys turned their jackets inside out. Guisers went round the houses singing the rhyme 'Here Come I Galoshin' and were given money or scones or other food. The older children did a lot of mischief, taking things from gardens, moving gates and the dry privies at the backs of the cottages. Girls did things to find out whom they would marry.

Item Notes

The Julian (Old Style) calendar long continued to be used for traditional festivals.

Recording Location

County - Perthshire

Parish - Killin

Village - Killin

Item Location

County - Perthshire

Parish - Killin

Village - Killin

Language

English

Genre

Information

Collection

SoSS