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A History of the Gipsies by Walter Simson

Or studying the subject of the Gipsies


LONDON:

SAMPSON LOW, SON & MARSTON.

1866.

Entered, according to Act of Congress, in the year 1865, BY JAMES SIMSON, In the Clerk's Office of the District Court of the United States for the Southern District of New York.

CONTENTS.[1]

PAGE EDITOR'S PREFACE 5

EDITOR'S INTRODUCTION 27

INTRODUCTION 55

CHAPTER. I. CONTINENTAL GIPSIES 69

II. ENGLISH GIPSIES 90

III. SCOTTISH GIPSIES, DOWN TO THE YEAR 1715 98

IV. LINLITHGOWSHIRE GIPSIES 123

V. FIFE AND STIRLINGSHIRE GIPSIES 140

VI. TWEED-DALE AND CLYDESDALE GIPSIES 185

VII. BORDER GIPSIES 236

style="text-align: justify;"> VIII. MARRIAGE AND DIVORCE CEREMONIES 257

IX. LANGUAGE 281

X. PRESENT CONDITION AND NUMBER OF THE GIPSIES IN SCOTLAND 341

DISQUISITION ON THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE OF GIPSYDOM 371

INDEX 543

[1] The Contents of these Chapters will be found detailed in the Index, forming an epitome of the work, for reference, or studying the subject of the Gipsies.

Ever since entering Great Britain, about the year 1506, the Gipsies have been drawing into their body the blood of the ordinary inhabitants and conforming to their ways; and so prolific has the race been, that there cannot be less than 250,000 Gipsies of all castes, colours, characters, occupations, degrees of education, culture, and position in life, in the British Isles alone, and possibly double that number. There are many of the same race in the United States of America. Indeed, there have been Gipsies in America from nearly the first day of its settlement; for many of the race were banished to the plantations, often for very trifling offences, and sometimes merely for being by "habit and repute Egyptians." But as the Gipsy race leaves the tent, and rises to civilization, it hides its nationality from the rest of the world, so great is the prejudice against the name of Gipsy. In Europe and America together, there cannot be less than 4,000,000 Gipsies in existence. John Bunyan, the author of the celebrated _Pilgrim's Progress_, was one of this singular people, as will be conclusively shown in the present work. The philosophy of the existence of the Jews, since the dispersion, will also be discussed and established in it.


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