Recording Scotland's culture

This is a letter to Florence Marian McNeill from Marjory Kennedy Fraser, folklorist and collector of songs from the Hebrides. Fraser discusses how time and the First World War have affected the islands: 'No milking songs, no waulking songs!' The study of Scottish folklore and song had a relationship with the burgeoning interest in the Scots language.

In 1929, F Marian McNeill joined the newly formed Scottish National Dictionary Association as a researcher. That same year she published her book, 'The Scots Kitchen, its traditions and lore with old-time recipes'.

McNeill had served as organiser of the Scottish Federation of Women's Suffrage Societies before the war, and was an active peace campaigner after it. She would later be a Vice-President of the Scottish National Party.