The Yetholm Gypsies visited Peebles selling basket-work and...
Fieldworkers
Date 1971
Track ID 26964
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1972.203.B2

Original Tape ID

SA1972.203

Summary

The Yetholm Gypsies visited Peebles selling basket-work and dealing in horses; the Wilsons had a tannery in Peebles.

The Yetholm Gypsies came into Peebles with their wagons all hung round with baskets and feather dusters. The women went round the doors selling things, mostly basket-work. The men collected injured and ill-treated horses from all over and cured them. Mr Lawson thinks these Gypsies were Wilsons. They had a skinyard on Cuddy Green. They washed the skins in a deep pool in the Cuddy [Eddleston Water], and hung them on poles to dry. They took the wool off the skins and sold the wool and the skins separately.

Item Subject/Person

Wilson family, Gypsies

Item Location

County - Peeblesshire

Parish - Peebles

Village/Place - Peebles

Language

English

Genre

Information

Collection

SoSS