Alan Faulds talks about funerals


Alan Faulds interviewed by Philip Skinner in August 2012.

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?

AF: Whithorn.

PS: It went to Whithorn?

AF: Aye, mostly. An odd one to Glasserton, but most o them were Whithorn.