F. Marian McNeill

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F. Marian McNeill was born in 1885 at Holm in Orkney where her father was the minister of the Free Kirk. She was a Scottish folklorist, best known for writing The Silver Bough (not to be confused with The Golden Bough), a four-volume set of Scottish folklore, considered essential by many in the field.

She is also known as the author of The Scots Kitchen. This encyclopaedic work covers the essentials and surprising diversity of Scotland's culinary heritage, complete with a wealth of historical and literary references. Recipes include Forfar bridies, Cock-a-leekie soup and porridge.[1]

She died in 1973.


  • McNeill, F. Marian (1957–1968). The Silver Bough, Vol. 1 -4. William MacLellan, Glasgow. (Paperback edition, ISBN 0-86241-231-5)
  • The Scots Kitchen. Paperback: 259 pages Mercat Press; New Ed edition (25 Oct 2004) ISBN 1-84183-070-4


  1. ^ Short biographical sketch