Lincoln, Rutland & Stamford Mercury (1858)


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*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."

Index Terms:

Locations: Stamford, Lincs. (TF0207)
Years: Occurred 1858
Subjects: Plough Monday; Plough-Witches
Archives: TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00719

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Last Updated Apr 2005 by Idwal Jones.