Hangman's Tree

Abstract: Story collected by a student at Clonmellon (B.) school (Clonmellon, Co. Westmeath) from informant Mrs Leavy.

Original reference: 0725/1/21

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The Hangman's Tree [duchas:4980154]

There is an ancient tree known by that name. It is situated on the roadside between Ballinlough Crossroads and the Gate Lodge. It is believed in Cromwell's time priests were hung on the tree. The local people fear to pass it at night (Mrs Leavy Kilrush - 50 s)

An ointment for "Scabs" used be made from daisy-roots; another ointment for yellow jaundice  was made from primroses. ( Fuair Liam Ó Miodhcháin, (12) an píosa seo ó n-a aíntín Mrs Bennett, Kilrush -70-)

Origin information
Clonmellon, Co. Westmeath
Date created:
Type of Resource
Physical description
p. 015
Volume 0725
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher P. Ó Droighneáin.
Roads   linked data (lcsh)
Dissenters, Religious--Legal status, laws, etc.
Penal times--Aimsir na bpéindlíthe
Traditional medicine   linked data (lcsh)
Folk medicine--Leigheas dúchasach
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School location
University College Dublin. National Folklore Collection UCD .

Original reference: 0725/1/21

Suggested credit
"The Hangman's Tree"in "The Schools' Manuscript Collection," held by University College Dublin, National Folklore Collection UCD. © University College Dublin. Digital content by: Glenbeigh Records Management, published by UCD Library, University College Dublin <https://doi.org/10.7925/drs1.duchas_5116075>
Collected as part of the Schools' Folklore scheme, 1937-1938, under the supervision of teacher P. Ó Droighneáin.
Supported by funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht (Ireland), University College Dublin, and the National Folklore Foundation (Fondúireacht Bhéaloideas Éireann), 2014-2016.
Record source
Metadata creation date: 2014/2016 — Metadata created by Fiontar, Dublin City University, in collaboration with the National Folklore Collection UCD and UCD Library. Original Fiontar metadata converted into MODS by UCD Library.

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