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B.V.M. (1902)

Source:
B. V. M. (Auth.)
LOCAL NOTES AND QUERIES: No.32: PLOUGH MONDAY [Malicious Ploughing at North Muskham, Notts. in 1596]
*Nottinghamshire Guardian, *8th Mar.1902

Reads as follows;

"Ten men of North Muskham, Notts., in 1596 (the year of Thomas Ashton's induction, but in 1597 as we should now say), were charged before the Rev. Mr. Coop with 'plowinge in the churche yarde, and misusing themselves in the churche, upon plowe daie last, and also for abusyinge Mr. Asheton, theire vicar, in wordes.' Mr. Ashton, having expressed his regret that a youthful excess should have been brought into court, the reverend official (Mr. Coop) addressed the irreverent defendants, who seemed to treat the matter as a good joke. After a long and patient investigation the accused, who appeared in the vestments and ritual peculiar to Plough Monday, were ordered to go back to North Muskham, 'and turne downe againe the furrowes plowed uppe by theim before svice, upon next Soundaie' and that they should hereafter 'keep the queen's pees, and behave themselves reverentlye to theire saide vicar, and not abuse the churche and churcheyarde as they had heretofore, uppon payne of the Lawe.' At the same time, the case of John Spittlehouse, for 'quarelynge, chydynge, and callynge Nicholas Matlocke, the constable, raskall, knave, and Michaelmas knave, in the churche and churche yeard of Southwell,' on the fifteenth of January, was ordered to stand over, as was that of Alice and Edward Wood for 'quarellyng and smytyng Mrs. Burnell's mayde" in the same church."

Index Terms:
Locations: North Muskham, Notts. (SK7958)
Years: Perf. 1596; Publ. 1902
Subjects: Malicious Ploughing; Plough Monday; Plowe Daie; Court Case; Church
People: Mr. Thomas Asheton (Vicar); Rev. Mr. Coop (Judge); Mr. Thomas Ashton (Vicar)
Archives: Ref.: TD00073; W.E.Doubleday Scrapbook, Vol.VII, p.33; Local Notes & Queries Scrapbook, Vol.10, p.178

Indexed by Idwal Jones. Last updated Jan.1990

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