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.

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The luckenbooth should also be pinned on to the blanket of a couples’ first born child to bring good luck to the family.

This unusual tradition was common to the areas of Fife, Dundee and Angus.

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 ).

Most of them told of people thriving and surviving, often against the odds.

It celebrated individual and collective lives as the smaller yet still vital part of a larger whole.

Scottish weddings have evolved and adapted over the centuries to suit changing times and customs.

However, there are many Scottish wedding traditions that still remain today, and there’s a lot more to it than wearing a kilt!

Owen Dudley Edwards (Writer, critic, lecturer) A highly readable and absorbing anthology of traditional Scottish customs and rites of passage, drawn from a broad range of literary sources dating back to the sixteenth century.

Tape recorded interviews from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries give voice to tradition bearers from all walks of life, adding colour to this comprehensive picture of social behaviour.

was published in the Spring of 2014, a time when, in the run up to the Scottish Independence Referendum in September, there was a widespread sense of optimism for the future among those who saw Scottish independence as the opportunity of a lifetime, and who tended to be more vocal about it than those who did not.