Though only one of our stories in ONCE UPON A TRUE LOVE’S KISS features a Scots, I thought it would be fun to share some of the unusual and odd tidbits I’ve unearthed while researching my Scottish Regencies. The Scots have always fascinated me, and in addition to being a proud, independent people, they are quite superstitious too.
Though superstitions and the rituals associated with them tend to increase the farther north you travel in Scotland, there wasn’t a class distinction between those who believed in omens and good or bad luck. Wealthy, poor, educated, illiterate, peers and paupers alike embraced and practiced the same superstitions.
Here are a few of the most widely held beliefs:
It was bad luck to see a pig on the way to your wedding or take them on a fishing boat. (Um, I’m not sure why you’d ever take a pig on a fishing boat.)
On the other hand, a silver coin in your shoe or a sprig of white heather would bring good luck on your wedding day.
It was good luck to be first-footed by a dark-haired person, but bad luck to be first-footed by a fair-haired one. (Think invading Vikings). First footing is a Hogmanay tradition whereby the first visitor after the New Year brings a gift.
For good luck, a child’s first tooth was to be rolled up in a sheet of paper lined with salt and hidden in a hole made by a mouse. (Not sure what the connection to a mouse-hole is, but I still have my children’s teeth. Weird, I know.)
Scissors shouldn’t be used to cut a baby’s nails else they become dishonest later in life. If you dropped a pair of scissors, someone else needed to pick them up, and you must hold the blade of scissors when passing them to someone else or you might cut the friendship between you. (Or maybe, you just don’t want to stab yourself with them by accident.)
When a woman was about to give birth, all the knots in a woman’s clothing had to be untied and the doors and windows unlocked to make the baby’s passage easier. (Wish I’d known that was all there was to it.)
Speaking of babies, do not, under any circumstances, praise the babe or you run the risk of attracting fairies. A cradle constructed of rowan or oak with iron nails helps protect against the evil-intended winged intruders in case a giddy parent can’t contain their joy.
The Scot’s have some unusual burial traditions too.
At the moment of death, the windows are thrown open for an instant so the dead person’s soul can easily depart, but then the windows are promptly closed so the soul cannot return. For that same reason a casket leaves the house feet first.
What sorts of unusual superstitions or traditions have you come across? Are there any superstitions you believe in?
ONCE UPON A TRUE LOVE’S KISS
USA Today Bestselling author, Julie Johnstone, joins bestselling, award-winning authors Katherine Bone, Collette Cameron, Jillian Chantal, Samantha Grace, Alanna Lucas, Lauren Smith, and Victoria Vane in this delightful limited edition, containing eight tantalizing kiss-and-tell stories. Meet dashing, wildly charming rogues, spies, pirates, rakes and their extraordinary, intrepid heroines as they whisk you along on sweet to sizzling romantic romps in these wickedly entertaining historical romances.
AFTER FOREVER by JULIE JOHNSTONE, USA Today bestselling author. Lady Julia is hired to turn a rogue into a gentleman and receives lessons in love and desire.
THE PIRATE’S DUCHESS by KATHERINE BONE, National bestselling author. A duke masquerading as a pirate to “rob from the rich and give to the poor” sheds his darkest-kept secrets to keep from losing the duchess his wife has become.
HER SCANDALOUS WISH by COLLETTE CAMERON, National bestselling and Award-winning author. A marriage offer obligated by duty . . . an acceptance compelled by desperation.
MILADY AND HER SPY by JILLIAN CHANTAL, 2015 RONE Finalist. A lady, a spy, a traitor… a battle of wills.
KISSED BY A SCOTTISH ROGUE by SAMANTHA GRACE, Acclaimed, RITA-nominated author. Scottish land steward Fergus McTaggert calls a temporary truce with his employer’s companion only to discover their passionate battles have been masking their hidden desires.
STOLEN KISSES FROM THE VISCOUNT by ALANNA LUCAS, National bestselling author. A rake, an heiress, and stolen kisses…this seduction could be his last.
TEMPTED BY A ROGUE by LAUREN SMITH, National bestselling, Award-winning author. Gemma never planned on falling in love with her childhood sweetheart’s best friend, Jasper, when he returns home, but she can’t resist the naval officer’s brooding charm.
THE REDEMPTION OF JULIAN PRICE by VICTORIA VANE, National bestselling and award-winning author. She gave him a chance to bury his past…but the price would be his heart.
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About the Authors
JULIE JOHNSTONE – is an USA TODAY best-selling author who’s living the dream creating worlds from her imagination. When not writing, she’s chasing her precocious children around, cooking, reading or exercising.
KATHERINE BONE – is an Amazon #1 best-selling Historical Romance Author who writes about Rogues, Rebels & Rakes, aka Pirates, Lords, Captains, Duty, Honor, & Country & the happily-ever-afters every alpha male & damsel deserve.
COLLETTE CAMERON – is an Amazon #1 best-selling and award-winning Historical Romance Author who makes her home in Oregon with her husband & five mini-dachshunds. You’ll always find animals, quirky–sometimes naughty–humor, & a dash of inspiration in her novels.
JILLIAN CHANTAL – is a 2015 RONE Finalist who loves her little slice of paradise on the gulf coast, a place that reminds Jillian daily that even though she loves the past, she needs the present. Air conditioning is vital for her survival.
SAMANTHA GRACE – is an Amazon best-Selling, RITA-nominated Historical Romance Author who enjoys creating happy-endings for characters that spring from her imagination. Samantha describes romance writing as the best job ever.
ALANNA LUCAS – is an Amazon best-selling author who believes that true love is the greatest source of inspiration. Alanna is always dreaming of her next travel destination, spending time w/family, & staying up too late indulging in her favorite past time, reading.
LAUREN SMITH- is an Amazon best-selling, award winning author who pens adventurous and edgy romance stories by the light of her smart phone flashlight app. She’s a native Oklahoman who lives w/her three pets: a feisty chinchilla, sophisticated cat, & dapper little schnauzer.
VICTORIA VANE – is an Amazon #1 bestselling and Award-Winning author of over twenty smart and sexy romances. She currently resides in Palm Coast, Florida w/her husband, two sons, a little black dog, & an Arabian horse.
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