Keep Death from the House
The Whisky would often turn white, which would severely disappoint any Scots, even if it did save their life.
In Victorian England, people liked to pour Whisky on the prized possessions of someone who had passed away. The idea was that someone like a piper, for instance, could enjoy a dram from the toast bottle poured on his pipe. Or the family and friends were just so drunk from mourning that this provided a valid excuse for all the spilled liquor...
During the process, the flame should be extinguished and relit three times, after which it should be left to burn until all the alcohol is dispelled. Other people just drank a lot of Whisky, until they were happy about their cold.
These words would be uttered as the bottle was broken:
Fae rocks an saands
An barren lands
Anill men’s hands
Aeel oot, weel in
Wi a gueede shot
(Gregor, Folklore of North East Scotland, p.197)
Whisky was also consumed in plentiful quantities, as well as broken over a boat.
There is also the tale of the Campbell’s of Jura, who evicted an old seeress in the early 1700’s.
Enraged, the seeress prophesised that the last Campbell to leave the island would be one-eyed with his belongings carried in a cart drawn by a lone white horse. In 1938, Charles Campbell, blind in one eye from the Great War, led his white horse to the old pier for the last time.
Luckily for us, Jura’s bottle is bedecked with the Ankh cross of good luck. Hold the bottle with the cross across your palm as you pour, and never let a barman open a new bottle, and you shouldn’t be cursed by a seeress.