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Galloway Travellers

A Genetan

Period:
Early 20th Century
Description:
McCormick used this photograph - ‘A Genetan’ - to illustrate how a knowledge of cant could be used to prise information from reticent Travellers.

“Have you no other word for a cuddy?” I asked (William Marshall).
“Aye, a genetan (half-breed mule),” he curtly replied.
“Just one moment,” I intervened, “would you call it an aizel or an oozel?” Smiling frankly he came back to my desk and said “We ca’t an oozel, but losh bless me, whaur have ye picked that up?”
His fit of uneasiness had passed and for upwards of two hours he communicated to me the cant words of the tinkler-gypsies of Galloway”.
Place of Production:
Newton Stewart area
Materials/Media:
glass lantern slides
Dimensions:
31/4" x 31/4" (82mm x 82mm)
Source:
Stranraer Museum
Accession number:
N2000_05_36
Digital Number:
SRPG095n
Creation Date:
around 1905
Copyright:
The Artist's Family