Here the bride would sit on a stool on the day of the wedding, while an older, happily-married woman Sometimes, this woman would drop a ring into the water and the first woman to find it would be married next.
In Fife, this tradition would be taken to new levels for bridegrooms.
Originally published in the early 90s, this is a major contribution to Scotland's ethnology, by one of its leading folklorists and makes great use of the archives of the School of Scottish Studies, as well as the works of pioneering C19 ethnologists like Gregor and Napier and more recent scholars such as the late Herbert Halpert and Hamish Henderson, the two 'HH's to whom the book is dedicated.
This is not a definitive or catch-all book on Scottish customs: the book's subtitle is ).
” Scottish wedding traditions date back to the 13th century, when the church would announce a wedding for three successive Sundays in a practice called the “banns of marriage.” The tradition lasted over 600 years, but it’s been replaced by a simple announcement of the upcoming wedding and a trip to get the marriage license.
Celtic Scottish wedding practices had roots in pagan rituals.
It’s a more measured book, perhaps as a result of this change in the Scottish psyche.It’s a fun group dance for all the guests, with lots of participation.” Many of the steps, like the swing-your-partner moves, resemble square dancing in rural America, while when the guests circle dance, it suggests the traditional circle dance of Israel, the hora.For the celebratory meal itself, “it’s always possible to serve haggis, the national dish of Scotland.”Scottish weddings have bridesmaids and there are toasts, “but they’re more likely to have a ‘toastmaster’ of sorts to keep everyone entertained and lead the party.“I also really love the tradition where, at the end of the ceremony, the groom pins a small piece of his family tartan to the bride’s gown, to indicate that she is now part of his clan!Tying the knot, for example, started with the bride and groom ripping their wedding plaids, their respective clan tartans, and tying the two strips together to symbolically unite the two families.“Creeling the bridegroom” is another old custom.The groom carried a large basket, a creel, filled with stones.