Folk Play Links - Guise Dancers, Guise Dancing; Geese Dancers, Geese Dancing, etc

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.


Cornwall

001 * A Cornish-English Vocabulary; A Vocabulary of Local Names, chiefly Saxon; and A Provincial Glossary [The History of Cornwall, New edition, corrected and enlarged, only, Vol.VI] [by Rev R. Polwhele [of Polwhele House, St Clement], 1836, p.79 - entry for 'Giz-dance, or geesedance' (- extract from Thomas Coriate Traueller for the English VVits: Greeting, by Thomas Coryate, 1616, p.55 - letter from R. R. [Robert Richmond ?] - "gizard")]
002 * A Guide to Penzance and its Neighbourhood, [by J.S. Courtney, 1845, p.52 - guise dancing (or Christmas mumming)]
003 * A Natural and Historical Account of the Islands of Scilly; [by Robert Heath, 1750, pp.125-126 - "Goose-dancing" - Subscription required for Gale: Eighteenth Century Collections Online]
004 * A View of the Present State of the Scilly Islands: [by Rev George Woodley [S.P.C.K. Missionary Minister of St Martin's and St Agnes], 1822, p.232 - "goose dancers"]
005 * Calstock Parish Archive [then "darkying" or now "guising"]
006 * Christmas Carols, Ancient and Modern; [by William Sandys, 1833, p.cxi - geese-dancers; citation of A Natural and Historical Account of the Islands of Scilly, by Heath, 1750]
007 * Christmas in Cornwall [by Rev W.S. Lach-Szyrma [Vicar of St Peter's, Newlyn], in Western Antiquary, Vol.I, No.3, pp.145-146 - after revision and correction, as Weekly Mercury - "guise-dancing" at Penzance; ("Saint George and the Turkish Knight" at village [Pensilva] near Liskeard, some fourteen years ago)]
008 * Cornish Feasts and "Feasten" Customs [by M.A. Courtney [sister of Louise Courtney], in Folk-Lore Journal, Vol.IV No.2, Jun? 1886, pp.118-119 - extract from The Land's End District, by Richard Edmonds [Jun.], 1862, p.69; "goose-dancers" at Penzance, ten years since; at St Ives, still]
009 * Cornish Feasts and Folk-Lore [by M.A. Courtney [sister of Louise Courtney], 1890, pp.10-11 - as her article]
010 * Cornish Feasts and Folk-Lore [sic] [extract from M.A. Courtney [sister of Louise Courtney], 1890 - as her article]
011 * Glossary of Words in use in Cornwall [by M.A. Courtney [West] & Thomas Q. Couch [East], 1880, p.24 - 'West Cornwall' - entry for 'Giz' dance, Guise dance, Geese dancers' / p.86 - 'East Cornwall' - entry for Goosey-dance' - citation of The History of Polperro,, by the late Jonathan Couch with ... many additions on the popular antiquities of the district by Thomas Q. Couch [his son], 1871, pp.161-162]
012 * Guisers, Scoots and Crowdy Clawns [citation of Tamar History Newsletter, No.4, Spring 2000]
013 * Guizing' : Ancient Traditions and Modern Sensitivities [citation of Merv Davey, in Cornish Studies, 2nd Ser. Vol.14, 2006, pp.229-244 - "Padstow Mummers' Day" or "Darkie Day"]
014 * Half a Century of Penzance (18251875) - from notes by J.S. Courtney [by Louise Courtney [his daughter], 1878 - guise-dancing; (play of "St George and the Dragon") - both now prohibited]
015 * Henry Irving : A Record and Review [by Charles Hiatt, 1899, p.12 - extract from Sir Henry Irving's Childhood, by Arthur Brasher, in Cornish Magazine, Vol.I [No.2], [Aug.] 1898, pp.107-108 - "guise dancing" at Halsetown - his first appearance in any part!]
016 * Hurricane Hurry [by W.H.G. Kingston, 18??, Chapter I - "geese-dancers" - Literary Work]
017 * I Saw Three Ships and Other Winter Tales [by Q. [Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch][son of Thomas Q. Couch], 18?? - 'I Saw Three Ships', Chapter I - "geese dancing" - Literary Work]
018 * Inconsequent Lives [US edition] [by J.H. Pearce, 1891, p.10 - like a geese-dancer - Literary Work]
019 * Journal of Rear-Admiral Bartholomew James 1752-1828 [ed. by John Knox Laughton with the assistance of James Young F. Sulivan [his great-grandson], 1896, pp.7-9, 1; xvi - "geese dance"; source for Hurricane Hurry, by W.H.G. Kingston, 18??, Chapter I]
020 * On Early English Pronunciation, : Pt.V : The Existing Phonology of English Dialects compared with that of West Saxon soeech [by Alexander J. Ellis, 1889, pp.171-173, 35* - 'Jacky Tresise' comparative specimen - informed by W.J. Rawlings [born at Marazion] - guise-dancers at Marazion]
021 * On some Ancient Customs in the western extremity of Cornwall [by Richard Edmonds Jun, in Transactions of the Natural History and Antiquarian Society of Penzance;, Vol.I [No.2], 1846, p.80 - "guise dancers" at Penzance; (with "hobby-horse", about forty years ago)]
022 * Popular Romances of the West of England; - Second Series [coll. & ed. by Robert Hunt, 1865, pp.182-183 - 'Geese-Dancing--Plough Monday']
023 * Popular Romances of the West of England; - Second Series [coll. & ed. by Robert Hunt, 1865, pp.183-188 - 'Christmas at St Ives : "The Guise-Dancing"']
024 * Randigal Rhymes and a Glossary of Cornish Words [by Joseph Thomas, 1895, p.88 - entry for 'Geeze-dance, Geesedance']
025 * Striking Twelve at Kilgoon [by Francis Derrick [Frances Eliza Millett Notley], in Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine, New Ser. Vol.I No.1, [Jan.] 1866, pp.9-11 - Literary Work]
026 * Survey of the Ancient and Present State of the Scilly Islands: [by John Troutbeck, 1794, pp.172-173 - Subscription required for Gale: Eighteenth Century Collections Online]
027 * The Ancient Language, and the Dialect of Cornwall, with an enlarged Glossary of Cornish Provincial Words [by Frederick W.P. Jago, 1882, pp.176 - entry for 'Geeze-dance'; 177 - entry for 'Giz-dance, or Geez-dance'; 183 - entry for 'Guise-dance' - extract from The Old English Gentleman, A Poem, by Polwhele, 1797, p.120fn]
028 * The Celtic and Other Antiquities of the Land's End District of Cornwall [by Richard Edmonds Jun, in Archaeologia Cambrensis, 3rd Ser. Vol.IV No.XV, Jul. 1858, p.277 - see his article above]
029 * The Folk Lore of a Cornish Village: Fasts and Festivals [by Thomas Q. Couch [son of Jonathan Couch], in Notes and Queries, [1st Ser.] Vol.XII No.322, 29th Dec. 1855, p.507 - at place of his birth [Polperro] - as his book]
030 * The History of Polperro, [by the late Jonathan Couch, with ... many additions on the popular antiquities of the district by Thomas Q. Couch [his son], 1871, pp.161-162 - goosey-dancers; (162-163 - fragment)]
031 * The Land's End District: [by Richard Edmonds [Jun.], 1862, p.69 - as his article]
032 * The Old English Gentleman, A Poem [by [Rev] Mr [R.] Polwhele [of Manaccan], 1797, pp.120-121 - geese-dance - Subscription required for Gale: Eighteenth Century Collections Online]
033 * Traditions and Recollections; [by Rev R. Polwhele [Vicar of Newlyn], 1826, Vol.II p.488 - critique of his The Old English Gentleman, A Poem by John Whitaker [Rector of Ruan Lanihorne], 11th Dec. 1798]
034 * Transactions, at the Summer Meeting held at Dursley, August, 1886 : Notes on Dursley and the Neighbourhood [by F. Madan [son of Rector of Dursley], in Transactions of the Bristol and Gloucestershire Archaeological Society, Vol.XI, 1887, p.204 - (at Dursley;) "Guise-dancer" in Cornwall - informed by [Rev W.] Bazeley [born at St Ives]; (Mari Llwyd in Herefordshire and Monmouthshire - informed by Mrs [Mary Ellen] Bagnall-Oakeley [wife of Curate of Penallt]; "Pace-eggers" in Lancashire - informed by Rev S.E. Bartleet [was Vicar of Shaw etc])]
035 * Words formerly in use in West Cornwall [by H., in Journal of the Royal Institution of Cornwall, Vol.II No.V, Apr. 1866, p.59 - entry for 'Geeze-dance']
036 * Yule-Tide [index to Rev W.S. Lach-Szyrma [Vicar of St Peter's, Newlyn], in Western Antiquary, Vol.3 No.9, Dec. 1883, pp.169-170 - after revision and correction, as Weekly Mercury - ('Christmas Plays' at Pensilva;) 'Christmas Mummers' [sic] guise dancers at Newlyn]

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