Alan recalls how funeral services used to be in the Isle of Whithorn in the 1950s.
- Interviewed: 27 August 2012.
- Ref: DG15/2/1/2.
- Photo: Philip Skinner.
- © European Ethnological Research Centre.
AF: There were’nae so many funerals out of church in these days. Most o them were at the front-door o the house – the service. And then you brought the body out and put it in the hearse and away you went tae the graveyard.
PS: And it would be a motorised hearse?
AF: Yeah, aye.
PS: So how did you get the coffin to the house?
AF: We would just carry it, in the dark. We’d wait until it wis dark and carry it up the road.
PS: … the funeral service was held at …?
AF: At the front door. There’s a wee service inside the house for the women-folk. And then the ministers came out to the front door, gave the service for the men-folk out in the street… when the minister finished outside, it was carried out and put in the hearse, and away we went.
PS: And where’s the local burial ground?
PS: It went to Whithorn?
AF: Aye, mostly. An odd one to Glasserton, but most o them were Whithorn.