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Death & Mourning

Death and mourning in the south west of Scotland had traditions and customs that were sometimes shared by the rest of the country but were occasionally unique to the area. Changes in Glasgow, Edinburgh and other large towns and cities found their way gradually to the more rural setting of Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway, but a high level of mortality ensured that the work associated with the funerary industry was never slow. In earlier times everything was handled by the family and community, but later the process became more commercialised and formal, with business matters, rules of etiquette and concerns over status.

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