"They strapped on their cauldrons, stood poised to fly,
At the sound of the horn they were swiftly airborne...."
-- translation of Gaelic poem (QA2)

Creaothceann

Creaothceann, popular in the Middle Ages and invented in Scotland, it is considered to be probably the most dangerous of all broom games (QA2).

Playing the game involves trying to catch hundreds of falling rocks and bludgers within cauldrons strapped to the players’ heads. It inevitably caused huge numbers of fatalities and was banned in 1762 (QA2).

Creaothceann was the subject of a poem in Gaelic in the eleventh century, referring to ten men out of twelve being killed during a match (QA2).

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Etymology

The Scottish (and Irish) Gaelic word ceann means "head" and the word creach/creagh is a "raid or foray" - or the plunder and booty obtained thereon (Dictionary of the Scots Language).

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