In the Dictionary of the Scots Language www.dsl.ac.uk Galoshans is defined under its original name of Galatian and takes the name from the ancient province of Galatia in modern-day Turkey. This was originally a mummers play performed by boys at Halloween and or Hogmanay and is first recorded in the DSL in the following from Jamieson’s 1825 edition of his Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language: “Galatians. . . Boys . . . go about in the evenings, at the end of the year, dressed in paper caps, and sashes, with wooden swords, singing and reciting at the doors of houses.” This sound pretty much like modern-day guising to me.
What is the mummers play Galatian that they are talking of here?
How did it go?