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consummation of marriage could be
prevented by anyone who, while the
wedding ceremony was taking place,
(either locked a lock or) tied a knot in a
cord and then threw it away. The
knotted cord had to be flung into
water; and until it had been found
and untied, no real union of the married
pair was possible.
c. In 1718 the parliament of Bordeaux sentenced
someone to be burned alive for having
spread desolation through a whole family
by means of knotted cords; and in 1705
2 persons were condemmed to death in
Scotland for stealing certain charmed
knots which a woman had made, in
order thereby to mar the wedded happi-
ness of Spalding of Ashintilly. The
belief in these charms appears to have
lingered in the Highlands of Perthshire
down to the end of the 18th C, for at

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