Lincolnshire - unlocalized festivals
|Began||1856 or earlier|
|Events||Plough-boys dressed in ribbons etc. as Morris (Moorish) dancers on Plough Monday, perform sword-dance etc., one dressed as Maid Marion called the witch. another in rags called the fool; Maid Marian|
By Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2014-06-25. Revised by Henrik Thiil Nielsen, 2018-07-28.
[1856 or earlier:]
Plough-boys.—Countrymen, who go about dressed in ribbon, &c., as Morris (Moorish) dancers on Plough Monday, perform the sword-dance, &c. One is dressed as "Maid Marion," and is called the witch, another in rags, and is called the fool, &c. &c.
This entry occurs in a list of provincialisms. The use of the present tense suggests a then extant tradition.
Lists and gazetteers
- Outside scope of Lancashire, Ian, compil. Dramatic Texts and Records of Britain: a Chronological Topography to 1558 (Cambridge, 1984).
- Outside scope of Wiles, David. The Early Plays of Robin Hood (Cambridge, 1981), Appendix I.
- Gutch, Mrs, compil.; Peacock, Mabel, compil. County Folk-Lore vol. 5. Printed Extracts No. VII. Examples of Printed Folk-Lore Concerning Lincolnshire (Publications of the Folk-Lore Society, vol. LXIII) (London, 1908), p. 175, cites Pishey Thompson, p 718 (see below.)
- Thompson, Pishey. The History and Antiquities of Boston (Boston, England; London; Boston, Massachusetts, 1856), p. 718.