K.D. (1897)


K. D. (Auth.)
*Nottinghamshire Weekly Express, 31st Dec.1897

Quotes "a correspondent who had borne a part (cow horn blowing) on many a Plough Monday in Lincolnshire". Describes the plough procession. Ploughmen in clean smock-frocks yoke themselves with ropes to the plough, ribbons and bunches of corn in their hats. "Ungainly jumping which they called dancing." Refers to Morris dancing. "Bessy" carried the money box. "The rubbishy verses they recited are not worth preserving beyond 'God speed the plough'. They "Visited houses and if no food or drink given, the ground before the door or window was ploughed up. "One of the mummers generally wears a fox's skin in the form of a hood." "Bessy formerly wore a bullock’s tail behind under his gown."

Index Terms:

Locations: Lincs.
Years: Publ. 1897
Subjects: Plough Trailing; Malicious Ploughing; Animal Disguise; Plough Monday; Plough Bullocks; Mummers; Cow Horn Blowing; Bessy; Morris Dance; Costumes
Archives: TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00035;
Local Notes & Queries Scrapbook, Vol.2, p.197

* indicates data that has not yet been validated against the original source and/or has yet to be completely indexed.

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