Clootie Tree, Ireland

Clootie Tree, Scotland

This evening, my focus is on a very unusual occurrence known as a ‘Clootie’ tree. Clootie is Scots for cloth (c.f.Clootie Dumpling).

In practice a person partakes of holy (or medicinal) water from a stream or spring and then ties a piece of personal clothing to a nearby tree, which is usually a hawthorn.  This custom is believed to endow the participants with longevity and good health.

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