Lincoln, Rutland & Stamford Mercury (1858)
*Lincoln, Rutland & Stamford Mercury,
15th Jan.1858, pp.4b
"The Plough Monday begging was a complete nuisance in Stamford
on the 11th inst. There was a much larger number than usual of farm
servants, dressed up in fantastic style, with blackened and ochred
faces; and their attempts to levy contributions from the tradesmen
and other inhabitants were carried on with rude inportunity some of
them entering houses and penetrating to the sitting-rooms of the
residents. Many of the "plough-witches", as they call themselves
are idle vagabonds, and the custom they assume to maintain ought
to be "honoured in the breach rather than in the observance."
Stamford, Lincs. (TF0207)
Plough Monday; Plough-Witches
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00719
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