Rowan trees have a special place in Scottish folklore. They are traditionally seen to have apotropaic power - that is, they can ward off witchcraft, and particularly the evil eye. Sometimes this tradition can appear in unexpected places, such as this case from the Kirk Session of Cumbernauld parish, from 1728:
18th Febry 1728
Clearly the members of Cumbernauld Kirk Session were more concerned with Sabbath breaking than the potential use of magic. But this is just one example of some of the fascinating snippets of social, local and family history to be found in the Kirk Session records. We will be writing more about some of our discoveries in Kirk Session records over the next few months as we roll out our kirk session records lookup service.
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