Folk Play Links - May Boys and Wren Boys
Compiled by C. Little
Some non-play customs and their practitioners have the same names as the plays and their actors. e.g. Cakers, Guisers, Mummers, Pace Eggers, Morris Dancers, Plough Bullocks, Soulers, Sword Dancers etc. This can be confusing.
Publications listed may be cited as well as full text.
An Historical Essay on the Irish Stage
[by Joseph C. Walker, in Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy
, [Vol.II], 1788, p.78fn - (in Ireland; citation of Remarks on the text, and last edition of Shakespear
, by Mr Ritson;) May boys - Subscription required for Gale: Eighteenth Century Collections Online]
Hunting the Wren
[by Peter Wood, in Cara
, Nov.-Dec. 1997 - Wrenboys and Mummers in Ireland in general and Kerry in particular]
Irish Popular Superstitions [Continued]
[by [W.R. Wilde], in Dublin University Magazine
, Vol.XXXV No.CCIX, May 1850, pp.553-555 - May-boys particularly in Connacht and Munster, within the last twenty years - informed by Thomas Lally]
Private Memoirs of Captain Rock
[by Decimus Rock [Michael Whitty ?], in Captain Rock in London
, No.12, 21st May 1825, p.89 - May or Christmas a-mumming - Literary Work [- he just did a Review of "Fairy Legends and Traditions
" by Thomas Crofton Croker]]
Tales of Ireland and the Irish
[by J.G. MacWalter, 1854, pp.50-70 - 'Betty Brien's Fortune; or, The Magic of May' - "May mummers" or "May boys" - Literary Work]
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