Abernethy Old Kirk, Nethy Bridge

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Cribs and Christening Gowns

Published on Tuesday, 06 August 2013 21:36

The 'Cribs and Christening Gowns Exhibition' runs from the 3rd of August to the 26th of August, (11am to 5pm, closed Tuesdays and Thursdays), and shows some interesting cribs reflecting the superstitions of the times they were made.
Some have little wooden knobs on the side to tie plaited wool across the crib to keep the baby safe from the "Changeling Fairy". Apparently fairy babies could be recognised by putting  them on a fire and chanting a formula. If it is a changeling, it would leave, climbing up the chimney! There is a 'twin' crib, swinging cribs and various vernacular cribs from around the Highlands.
The Christening gowns on display show some delicate embroidery particular to the area the gown was made. All items are kindly loaned by the Highland Folk Museum.
This years genealogy display if of the author of 'In the Shadow of Cairngorm', the Revd. William Forsyth's family and very interesting it is too. Apart from the Revd. Forsyth's interesting life his relations were everything from a Member of Parliament to a coffee planter in Sri Lanka to a rancher in Rhodesia....the list goes on but do not take my word for it, come along and see for yourself!
We also have second hand books, crafts, tombola, and home made cake and other refreshments.