Nottinghamshire Weekly Express (1892)
LOCAL NOTES AND QUERIES: 1,398 - WASHINGTON IRVING'S DESCRIPTION OF "PLOUGH MONDAY" CUSTOMS IN NOTTS.
*Nottinghamshire Weekly Express,
Extract from W.Irving's (1835) account of Plough Monday at Newstead Abbey,
Notts., and Christmas at Barlboro Hall, Derbys. The Plough Monday account
mentions a clown or fool, a leader reciting the old ballad of St.George and the
Dragon, to which the others attempted to act. Morris Dancers followed with the
characters Robin Hood, Maid Marian, Beelzebub and Bessy. Mummers are mentioned
in the Christmas account.
Newstead Abbey, Notts. (SK5453); Barlboro Hall, Derbys. (SK4778)
Play; Plough Trailing; Plough Monday; Morris Dancers; Christmas; Mummers; Hobby Horse; Irving,W. (1835); Brewer (no date); Clown; Fool; Leader; "St. George and the Dragon"; Robin Hood; Maid Marian; Beelzebub; Bessy
Washington Irving (Auth.)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00179;
Local Notes & Queries Scrapbook, Vol.2, p.4;;
Sheppard Scrapbook, pp.76-77
* indicates data that has not yet been validated against the original source and/or has yet to be completely indexed.
Last Updated Apr 1987 by Idwal Jones.