Folklore, Folk Customs & Folk Magic

Tobar an Dualchais/Kist o’ Riches – wonderful online collection of recordings of folklore, folk practices, songs, stories etc etc in English, Scottish Gaelic & Scots. They also have a Facebook page

The Calum I Maclean Project – this project regarding the late folklorist also has a Facebook page

Am Baile – Highland History & Culture

The Carmichael Watson Project – blog associated with the University of Edinburgh project to bring more transparency to Carmichael’s work, particularly the Carmina Gadelica (See ref to book further down in this section)

The Quern-Dust Calendar – a fabulous online collection of over 500 articles on various aspects of Scottish Gaelic culture written by Raghnall MacilleDhuibh (Ronnie Black), for the West Highland Free Press from 1986 to 2008

Tairis Tales – another blog associated with the Tairis website containing Gaelic folklore from Scotland, Ireland & the Isle of Man

The Cailleach’s Herbarium – a fantastic website for all things Scottish folk magic & folk traditions, also speaks out against cultural appropriation.

Scottish Charms & Amulets by George F Black – free PDF of book itself, also available in webpage form, broken into chapters you can jump to here.

Scottish Customs from the Cradle to the Grave by Margaret Bennett

The Gaelic Otherworld by John Gregorson Campbell, edited by Robert Black (Can be hard to get, so sites like Abe Books may be useful)

Tales of the Taibhsear by Scott Richardson-Read (of The Cailleach’s Herbarium)

The Secret Commonwealth of Elves, Fauns & Fairies by Robert Kirk

Scottish Folklore & Folk-Belief by F Marian McNeill (part of The Silverbough series)

Healing Threads by Mary Beith

Carmina Gadelica by Alexander Carmichael (See background & criticism here first)

“The Burry Man Festival, South Queensferry: Warding Off Evil Spirits, Connecting With Nature, and Celebrating Local Identity” – interesting paper on a very local festival that still takes place every year (Wee note that there is a slight error re: folklorist Doc Rowe – though he has been attending since 1969, he isn’t local & he hasn’t been dressing the Burryman for all those years)

The Ghostman of Skye – touching documentary about a man who starts collecting stories of strange encounters after the death of his beloved wife

“The mystery of the miniature coffins”– latest info & theories on the 17 tiny coffins discovered hidden on Arthur’s Seat in Edinburgh in the 1830s, including plenty of mentions of folk magic practices such as charms

“Marks of the Witch: Britain’s Ritual Protection symbols” – academic article focusing mainly on England, but also gives a good overview of common apotropaic marks meant to protect against evil spirits, witches etc all over the UK & beyond

The Woven Land Network – for education, preservation & protection of sacred sites

DĂşchas – Irish online folklore collection, interesting for comparison

Culture Vannin – Isle of Man culture site