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Scotland, Social and Domestic
Memorials of Life and Manners in North Britain by Rev. Charles Rogers LL.D., FSA Scot (1869)


Preface

Lord Macaulay, in one of his essays, thus writes: "To call up our ancestors before us, with all their peculiarities of language, manners, and garb,to show us over their houses, to seat us at their tables, to rummage their old-fashioned wardrobes, to explain the use of their ponderous furniture;these parts of the duty, which properly belongs to the historian, have become appropriated by the historical novelist. In these pages I have endeavoured to present a portraiture of Scottish life and manners from the Reformation downwards, dissociated from fiction, and founded on original materials. I have collected my information from many sources. I gathered much in the course of antiquarian rambles in different parts of Scotland. The ecclesiastical records have been of especial service. Annals, journals, diaries, provincial histories, club books, and books privately printed, have yielded a store of information. MSS. relating to Scotland in the British Museum, and the Public Record Office, London, and in the Library of the Faculty of Advocates, and the General Register House Edinburgh, have been laid under tribute. I have been favoured with communications from intelligent persons in various parts of the country. My special acknowledgments are due to Captain Dunbar Dunbar, author of "Social Life in Moray;" to John Gorrie, Esq., Advocate; and to Hugh Barclay, Esq., LL.D., Sheriff-Substitute of Perthshire. To my accomplished friend, Thomas Laurence Kington Oliphant, Esq., of Gask, I have been deeply indebted for many valuable suggestions during the progress of the work at press. My thanks, lastly, are due to the Grampian Club, for printing this work as the first of their issues.

Snowdoun Villa, Lewisham, Kent.
July,
1869.

Contents

Introduction
Social Customs
Drolleries
Public Sports
General Folklore
Demons and Apparitions
Witchcraft
Church Discipline


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