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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).

SACBAUN, n. Also sack-, seckie-, -yban. A kind of wraith or doppelgänger appearing like a shroud. [sak′bǫ:n]Kcb. 1901 R. Trotter Gall. Gossip 231–3:
The Seckyban. Whun Pistie was a lad about fourteen he saw the Sacbaun or Sedgeband, as genteel folk ca's it. It maistly rows alang afore a buddy, as' it means a suddent death in the hoose it stops at. Hooever, Pistie's yin hadna been the richt kin', for the Sacban means the White Sack, as ye may see by its name, an' Pistie's yin wus black. . . . Says Grannie, “It's the Seckiebaun.”

[Ad. Gael., Ir. sac ban, a white sack.]

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