Marram grass sacks for other uses

The Reverend John Lane Buchanan noted from the 1780s in the Outer Hebrides that ‘Every beggar, male and female, must carry their blankets on their backs in a kind of sack made of grass, from house to house to sleep in. ‘ He also mentions sacks being generally used in houses and made of ‘benty grass’.


Rev. John Lane Buchanan ‘Travels in the Western Hebrides from 1782-1790’ 1793

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