T.Ratcliffe (1898)


Thos. Ratcliffe (Auth.)
Notes & Queries (Series 9), 24th Dec.1898, Vol.II, p.511

Description of plays variously known as the "Christmas-Tup", "The Derby Ram", "Darby Tup", "t'owd tup" and "a little tup", performed by Guisers in Derbys., North Notts. (implying Worksop), and Yorks. Several verses of the texts are given, and quotes from Llewellynn Jewitt's (1867) "Ballads and Songs of Derbyshire". The "mummering play" incorporating dialogue is also described, which had five characters besides "t'tup", including a woman, the owner, a butcher, and a female devil - Betsy Belzebub. Additionally, "th'poor owd hoss" is also mentioned as being taken round Worksop and parts of Derbys., at Christmas.

Index Terms:

Locations: North Nottinghamshire, Notts.; Derbys.; Yorks.; Worksop, Notts. (SK5879)
Years: Perf. 1898
Subjects: Text Fragments; Songs; Christmas; Plays; Christmas-Tup; Derby Ram; Darby Tup; T'Owd Tup; A Little Tup; Guisers; Mummering Play; Jewitt,L. (1867) "Ballads and Songs of Derbyshire"; Tup; Woman; Owner; Butcher; Betsy Belzebub; "Th'Poor Owd Hoss"
People: Thomas Ratcliffe (Auth.)
Archives: TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00205;
T.F.Ordish Collection, Box 1, Item 4

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