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FEET-WASHIN(G), n. comb. Also fit-. The ceremony of washing the feet of a bridegroom (or bride) performed by his (or her) friends on the eve of the wedding (ne., em.Sc., Arg., Ayr., sm.Sc. 1951). Also attrib. Sc. 1721  Ramsay Poems (S.T.S.) I. 7:
Not soft Fifeteen on her Feet-washing Night.
n.Sc. c.1730  E. Burt Letters N. Scot. (1754) I. 261:
The evening before a Wedding there is a Ceremony called the Feet Washing, when the Bride-Maids attend the future Bride, and wash her Feet.
Ags. 1818  Edb. Mag. (Nov.) 411:
The eve of the wedding-day is termed the feet-washing, when a party of the neighbours of the bride and bridegroom assemble at their respective homes.
Fif. 1864  W. D. Latto T. Bodkin xxvii.:
After the Beukin' comes the Feetwashin'.
ne.Sc. 1881  W. Gregor Folk-Lore 89:
On the evening before the marriage there was the “feet-washing”. A few of the bridegroom's most intimate friends assembled at his house, when a large tub was brought forward and nearly filled with water. The bridegroom was stripped of shoes and stockings, and his feet and legs were plunged in the water. One seized a besom, and began to rub them lustily, while another was busy besmearing them with soot or shoe-blacking, and a third was practising some other vagary.
Ork. 1905  Dennison Ork. Weddings 27:
She rose from a “fit-washin'” “wi' feintie dry t'read on her body.”

Feet-washin(g) n. comb.

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