B. V. M. (Auth.)
LOCAL NOTES AND QUERIES: No.32: PLOUGH MONDAY [Malicious Ploughing at North Muskham, Notts. in 1596]
Reads as follows;
"Ten men of North Muskham, Notts., in 1596 (the year of Thomas Ashton's
induction, but in 1597 as we should now say), were charged before the Rev. Mr.
Coop with 'plowinge in the churche yarde, and misusing themselves in the
churche, upon plowe daie last, and also for abusyinge Mr. Asheton, theire vicar,
in wordes.' Mr. Ashton, having expressed his regret that a youthful excess
should have been brought into court, the reverend official (Mr. Coop) addressed
the irreverent defendants, who seemed to treat the matter as a good joke. After
a long and patient investigation the accused, who appeared in the vestments and
ritual peculiar to Plough Monday, were ordered to go back to North Muskham, 'and
turne downe againe the furrowes plowed uppe by theim before svice, upon next
Soundaie' and that they should hereafter 'keep the queen's pees, and behave
themselves reverentlye to theire saide vicar, and not abuse the churche and
churcheyarde as they had heretofore, uppon payne of the Lawe.' At the same
time, the case of John Spittlehouse, for 'quarelynge, chydynge, and callynge
Nicholas Matlocke, the constable, raskall, knave, and Michaelmas knave, in the
churche and churche yeard of Southwell,' on the fifteenth of January, was
ordered to stand over, as was that of Alice and Edward Wood for 'quarellyng and
smytyng Mrs. Burnell's mayde" in the same church."
North Muskham, Notts. (SK7958)
Perf. 1596; Publ. 1902
Malicious Ploughing; Plough Monday; Plowe Daie; Court Case; Church
Mr. Thomas Asheton (Vicar); Rev. Mr. Coop (Judge); Mr. Thomas Ashton (Vicar)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00073;
W.E.Doubleday Scrapbook, Vol.VII, p.33;;
Local Notes & Queries Scrapbook, Vol.10, p.178
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Last Updated Jan 1990 by Idwal Jones.