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2 general supernatural (including banshees, omens and fortune-telling).1 Each section includes clearly marked sub-sections and a short introduction giving some background to the topic. Editorial decisions, as to what constitutes Ulster Scots, have been made as straight-forward as possible: if the material is written by someone from an Ulster Scots background or ancestry, or relates to an Ulster Scots community, in the target period, it has been included, as have sources written by, or relating to, Presbyterians; a large proportion of whom were of Scottish descent. This does not mean that the works selected are exclusively Presbyterian, and the sources are written in Ulster Scots and English. As much as the maintenance of sense allows, grammar, punctuation and spelling have been kept as in the original. Some early modern contractions have been silently expanded: for example, the abbreviation ‘ye’ has been written as ‘the’. In relation to older, early modern material, dates are given in the form related in the primary sources and as such are based on the old style calendar. However, the year has been taken to begin on 1 January and not 25 March as was the custom before 1752. If using, citing or publishing this material, please use the following citation: Andrew Sneddon, John Privilege (eds), ‘The Supernatural in Ulster Scots Folklore and Literature Reader’, Centre for Irish-Scottish Studies, University of Ulster. 1 The Reader excludes material relating to the religious supernatural, and thus topics such as miracles, divine or faith healing, angels, and saints.

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