This really blew my mind.
A Scottish funeral was not expected to take place earlier than nine days from the date of death. Otherwise, it was an insult to the deceased.
So, a person died and NINE DAYS LATER he was buried.
This custom lasted until the late 19th century.
The body was placed in the best room in the house/cottage and wrapped in a winding cloth. Women often made their own winding cloths, sometimes in their hope chests, and sometimes as young girls. It was common for a married woman to make her husband’s winding cloth as well. They were stored in chests with the best linen for when they were eventually needed.