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LOCAL NOTES AND QUERIES: 1,398 - WASHINGTON IRVING'S DESCRIPTION OF "PLOUGH MONDAY" CUSTOMS IN NOTTS.
*Nottinghamshire Weekly Express, *7th Jan.1892
Extract from W.Irving's (1835) account of Plough Monday at Newstead Abbey, Notts., and Christmas at Barlboro Hall, Derbys. The Plough Monday account mentions a clown or fool, a leader reciting the old ballad of St.George and the Dragon, to which the others attempted to act. Morris Dancers followed with the characters Robin Hood, Maid Marian, Beelzebub and Bessy. Mummers are mentioned in the Christmas account.
Locations: Newstead Abbey, Notts. (SK5453); Barlboro Hall, Derbys. (SK4778) Years: *Publ. 1892 Subjects: Play; Plough Trailing; Plough Monday; Morris Dancers; Christmas; Mummers; Hobby Horse; Irving,W. (1835); Brewer (No Date); Clown; Fool; Leader; "St. George and the Dragon"; Robin Hood; Maid Marian; Beelzebub; Bessy People: Washington Irving (Auth.) Archives: Ref.: TD00179; Local Notes & Queries Scrapbook, Vol.2, p.4; Sheppard Scrapbook, pp.76-77