Festivals in Scotland
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2017-01-24. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-12.
In Scotland, Robin Hood-related entertainments occurred in several festive contexts: at Easter, at Whitsuntide, in May games (in the month of May or later), in summer games and on St Nicholas'Day, December 6.
Counties with evidence of festivals
Nationwide or unlocalized
In this category are found pages on records relating to nationwide legislation against or attempts to regulate Robin Hood-related events.
The list includes gazetteers, lists and calendars of evidence relating to festivals for England in general or for specific historical counties or other similar areas. Also included are lists of allusions to Robin Hood (or subsidiary characters of the tradition) as figures in festivals and folk drama. Sources dealing only with specific localities are found under the localities in question.
- Lancashire, Ian, compil. Dramatic Texts and Records of Britain: a Chronological Topography to 1558 (Cambridge, 1984). List of British drama texts, references and allusions to performances, and gazetteer of localitites for which evidence of dramatic activity survives from 1558 or earlier, including entries on the then known occurrences of Robin Hood festivals and drama
- Mill, Anna Jean. Mediæval Plays in Scotland: Thesis Submitted for the Degree of Ph.D. of the University of St. Andrews, July 1924 (St Andrews University Publications, No. XXIV) (Edinburgh and London, 1927). Until the Records of Early English Drama volumes on Scotland are published, the four appendixes to Mill's Ph.D. thesis (pp. 113-353) are the standard collection of records relating to drama and quasi-dramatic activities in Scotland
- Singman, Jeffrey L. Robin Hood: The Shaping of the Legend (Contributions to the Study of World Literature, No. 92) (Westport, Connecticut; London, 1998), pp. 187-92