Making a shroud in Barra.
Contributors
Date June 1974
Track ID 79976
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Track Information

Original Track ID

SA1974.95.B5; SA1974.96.A1

Original Tape ID

SA1974.095

Summary

Making a shroud in Barra.

The contributor describes how a shroud was made. The apron was cut from material to fit the length of the body. It was then scalloped and patterned. Rosettes of material were fitted to the apron. The bonnet [currac] was also scalloped. Socks were made. The contributor used to assist the women who made the shrouds. Usually, about three experienced dressmakers and three other women worked on this. A rosary was put in the coffin of a Catholic. The contributor has heard of coins being put into coffins. The crucifix on the coffin was made of brass. Presbyterians made shrouds too. In Northbay, mirrors are covered where the corpse is laid out.

Recording Location

County - Inverness-shire

Parish - Barra

Island - Barra

Item Location

County - Inverness-shire

Parish - Barra

Island - Barra

Language

English

Genre

Information

Collection

SoSS