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Leith Recollections

Traditions

 

Question

Frank Ferri

Newhaven, Edinburgh

Thank you to Frank Ferri, now living in Newhaven, Edinburgh, for sending many memories of Leith.

Here, Frank asked a question.

Frank wrote:

Christening Pieces

"Does anyone remember the tradition of the 'Christening Pieces', carried on up to the 1960s?  I don't know if people still do it.

The tradition was:

'After the Christening of a new-born child, the mother would prepare a 'Piece'. It was usually an apple, orange, cake and few sweets plus a half crown (12.5 pence) placed in a bag.

If the newborn was a girl, this Piece was given to the first male child you saw in the street after the Christening, and a female if other way around.' "

Frank Ferri, Newhaven, Edinburgh:  June 18, 2008

 

Answer

1.

Joan

Darlington, England

Thank you to Joan for sending a reply to Frank Ferri's question about Christening Pieces.

Joan wrote:

Christening Pieces

"I made a Christening Piece for my nephew's Christening.  This was in 1984, in Trinity!"

Joan, Darlington, England:  Message in EdinPhoto guest book:  June 18, 2008

 

Answer

2.

Irene Day (née Sharrock)

Wigan, Lancashire, England

Thank you to Irene Day who wrote

Christening Pieces

"I wish to add a comment to what Frank Ferri put about 'Christening Pieces'.

I'm sure our family used to call them 'Showers'.   I remember well going to family Christenings in Edinburgh as children.  The christening party would be walking along the road to the church and us kids were watching for the first boy or girl to appear who would be getting the 'Christening Piece' as Frank calls it.

Although I live in Wigan Lancs, my father made a bag of goodies up for the 'Christening Piece' and that was 1970.  My husband had never seen it before and the little boy who got the bag of goodies wondered what was being given to him.  He, no doubt, thought it was his lucky day as this was not done down here in England.

That story brought back happy memories for me."

Irene Day, Wigan, Lancashire, England:  March 15, 2008

 

Answer

3.

Tony Ivanov

Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland

Thank you to Tony Ivanov who wrote

Christening Pieces

"I remember this tradition well. I think it was a general Scottish tradition which seems to be now a thing of the past. I certainly can't recall this happening in the last couple of decades although I'm sure there will be some families who still do it."

'Pour Oots'

"Another tradition that seems to have faded away is the 'pour out' at weddings. This is where the wedding party threw out a handful of coins from the cars as they were leaving the church or kirk.

It used to be quite an event when I was a child.  When the word got around of a wedding there was usually a crowd of children waiting for the bride and groom after the ceremony, not to see the happy couple, but to get stuck in at the scramble after the money was thrown out.

It could be quite a profitable Saturday morning depending on how generous the wedding party was."

NOTE:  Others have also mentioned 'Poor Oots' in their recollections of Lochend and Dumbiedykes in Edinburgh

Peter Stubbs:  June 21, 2008

Tony added

Traditions

"A tradition, by its definition, is a custom or belief that is passed on through the generations.  Eventually, somewhere along the line traditions die out for various reasons.

I think as one gets older, such as myself, in my sixties, we feel a sense of sadness that some traditions, however trivial, are forgotten about.

Tony Ivanov, Bo'ness, West Lothian, Scotland:  June 19, 2008

'Pour Oots'

Others have also mentioned 'Poor Oots' in their recollections of Lochend and Dumbiedykes in Edinburgh

 

Answer

4.

Julie Peel

South Shields, South Tyneside, England

Thank you to Julie Peel who wrote:

Christening Pieces

"I've just read the question about Christening Pieces.  I was also brought up with the tradition of handing a 'Christening Bag' to the first opposite sex child seen in the street.  However, in South Shields (South Tyneside) the tradition was that the bag was given on the way to church.

I work with older people experiencing dementia, and we are researching a project about traditions, whether they continue, are dying out, or have seemingly gone forever."

Julie Peel, South Shields, South Tyneside, England:  August 2, 2009

 

  Answer

5.

Jimmy Meikle

Leith. Edinburgh

Thank you to Jimmy Meikle who wrote:

Christening Pieces

"On the subject of Christening Pieces, I remember the piece was given to the first child you met on the way to the church always the opposite sex of the child being christened."

Poor-oots

"I remember the many poor-oots, particularly at the Smith Tearoom Halls on a Saturday afternoon were many wedding receptions were held."

Jimmy Meikle, Leith, Edinburgh:  August 26, 2009

 

  Answer

6.

Sherry Gormley

East Midlands, England
formerly Blyth, Northumberland, England

Thank you to Sherry Gormley who wrote:

Christening Pieces

"I read with interest, on the comments about christening traditions.  In my hometown the tradition was similar, handing a gift bag (called amyss? amiss?) to a child of the opposite sex on the way to the church.

The bag contained :

a coin to add riches to their life

a candle to light their way through life

salt to add spice in their life

a sweet or piece of cake to add sweetness to their life.

Christening Pieces

Similarly on her wedding day, the bride would throw out coins to waiting children on her way to church. 

I continued these customs for my own children up to 1986. Hopefully they will also carry these on"

Sherry Gormley:  East Midlands (formerly Blyth, Northumberland), England:  Sep 23, 2009

  Answer

7.

Christine Muir

Orkney, Scotland

Thank you to Christine Muir who wrote:

Christening Pieces

"I remember my brother's christening in South Leith Parish Church in 1945. My mother made a piece up of bread and cheese, and it was given to the first woman we met.

Hansel

There was also the hansel, a silver coin, which was always placed under the pillow of a new baby, for luck both to the baby and the giver.

Christine Muir, Orkney, Scotland:  message posted in EdinPhoto guest book, October 11, 2009

 

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Photographs and Other Images  -  These include portraits of photographers  -  photographic outings -  Princes Street views  -  Newhaven Fishwives  -  etc.  Early Photography in Edinburgh  -  Talbot, Brewster, Hill & Adamson, Early Professional Photographers in Princes Street, etc.  Professional Photographers in Edinburgh  -  1840 to 1940  -  Their names, dates of business and studio addresses.  The Photographic Society of Scotland  -  1856 to 1873  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, etc.  The History of Edinburgh Photographic Society  -  1861 to date  -  Lectures, Exhibitions, Outings, Poems, etc.  EPS Publications - EPS Handwritten Records  -  Photographic Journals  -  Trade Directories  -  Books  -  etc.  Thanks to all who have encouraged and supported me in creating the EdinPhoto web site  -  including descendants of photographers  -  researchers  -  providers of photographs and other material  Background notes on the research thal led up to the creation of this site  -   together with lists of new material added to the site since its launch.  Brief comments on how this site might be used  -  Just browsing?  -  Seeking specific information?  Please add your questions, suggestions or other comments to the Guest Book.  Links to other web sites  -  Photographic Societies  -  Photographic History  -  Family History  -  etc.  Click here to find the link to the Edinburgh Photogrpahic Society web site.

 

A selection of my photographs, many from Edinburgh throughout the year.   Also photos from Scotland, London, Iceland, Italy, Hong Kong and elsewhere    Many old maps of Edinburgh (Old Town, New Town, while City), Leith and Newhaven.  Includes several old transport maps and a comparison of old maps with recent aerial photos.   Old engravings, mailly of Edinburgh scenes.  Some from the 1820s, some from the 1890s,  some others - includes many hand-coloured examples from the 1820s.   News from Edinburgh today  -  Events, Collections, Buildings and Gardens, Transport   This site includes     1. Post card portraits taken in studios in Edinburgh:    2. Post card views either takeen/published by Ediburgh photographers or views of Edinburgh, or both.y Edinburgh    Views of Edinburgh, grouped into three sections:     1. Street views:    2. Buildings:    3. Around Edinburgh   Views of transport around Edinburgh  -  Horse drawn trams and buses, cable cars, electric trams, buses and a few railway photos.  Also several maps of Edinburgh's bus and tram routes.   Links to pages with Photos of Groups   Frequently Asked Questions

  Summary of the updates added to this site each month since the site was launched   Links to Dumbiedykes pages  Link to Granton pages  Link to Leith pages   Link to Newhaven pages   Links to Portobello pages   Link to My Recent Talks