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Staffordshire

001 * The Travels through England of Dr Richard Pococke, [ed. by James Joel Cartwright, Vol.I, 1888, pp.216, 215 - at Witton [Wetton], 4th Jun. 1751]

Christmas

Durham

002 * An Account of the English Dramatick Poets [by Gerard Langbaine [the Younger], 1691, pp.541-542 - 'Mucedorus']
003 * Francis Radclyffe, First Earl of Derwentwater [by W.Hylton Dyer Longstaffe, in Archaeologia Aeliana, New Ser. Vol.I, 1857, p.113 - 'A Booke of Disbursed Moneys ...' - Stella and Blaydon seen at Dilston Hall, Dilston, 5th Jan. 1681/2 - Mucedorus]

Essex

004 * Lady Victoria Buxton [wife of 3rd Baronet] [by George W.E. Russell, 1919, p.148 - mumming in which the chief incidents of the year were humorously treated - at Warlies [Warlies Park House], Upshire, 1825]

Inner London

005 * A Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Cottonian Library, deposited in the British Museum [comp. by J. Planta [Principal Librarian], 1802, p.431 - 'Vitellius F V']
006 * Catalogus Librorum Manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Cottonianae [by Thomas Smith, 1696, p.103 - 'Vitellius F V']
007 * The Diary of Henry Machyn, [ - as British Library Cotton Ms. Vitellius F V] [ed. by John Gough Nichols, 1848, pp.247-248 - '27th Jan. 1560/1' - at St Pancras]

Lancashire

008 * Some Old Country Sports - From the Crosby Records [citation of Rev T.E. Gibson, in Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, Vol.XXXIII, Session 1880-81, pp.(19-21 - 'The Flowering of Marl-Pits';) 21-22 - "when the [The ]Soldier's Fortune [, by Thomas Otway] was acted at Little Crosby, the three chief characters were sustained by tenants of his own in that village."]
009 * Some Old Country Sports - From the Crosby Records [by Rev T.E. Gibson, in Transactions of the Historic Society of Lancashire and Cheshire, Vol.XXXIII, Session 1880-81, pp.(19-21 - 'The Flowering of Marl-Pits';) 21-22 - "when the [The ]Soldier's Fortune [, by Thomas Otway] was acted at Little Crosby, the three chief characters were sustained by tenants of his own in that village."]

North Yorkshire

010 * Edmund Kean [by Stephen Jackson, in Notes and Queries, 4th Ser. Vol.III No.75, 5th Jun. 1869, p.536 - at Grassington - critical of below]
011 * Grassington Theatricals [by T.Q. M. [Dr James H. Dixon], in Table Book;, by William Hone, Vol.II, 1828, cols.247-248 - extract from The History and Antiquities of the Deanery of Craven,, by Thomas Dunham Whitaker, 1805, pp.402-403]
012 * The History and Antiquities of the Deanery of Craven, in the County of York [by Thomas Dunham Whitaker [Perpetual Curate of Holme-in-Cliviger [chapelry][Holme Chapel]], 1805, pp.402-403 - extract from accounts of 4th Earl of Cumberland - at [Skipton Castle, Skipton], ?? ??? 1606; The Iron Age, by Heywood; Destruction of Troy; The London Merchant, by Lillo; compositions]
013 * The Household Books of Sir Miles Stapleton, Bart., 1656-1705 [Continued] [by J.Charles Cox, in Ancestor, No.3, Oct. 1902, pp.148-150 - mumers at Carlton Hall [Carlton Towers], Carlton, 1662 etc e.g. The Gentle Craft or the Shoemaker's Holiday; and A Pleasant Comedie, called Wily Beguilde, 1606]
014 * Thomas Airay [by T.Q. M. [Dr James H. Dixon], in Table Book;, by William Hone, Vol.I, 1827, cols.069-074 - at Grassington]

Northumberland

015 * Alnwick Castle [by Cuthbert Bede [Rev Edward Bradley], in Once a Week, No.98 Vol.IV, 18th May 1861, p.575 - paraphrasing accounts of 5th Earl of Northumberland]
016 * Poems, Chiefly Pastoral [by John Cunningham, 1766, pp.171-172 - 'A Prologue, For some Country Lads, performing the Devil of a Wife in the Christmas Holidays' - Literary Work - Subscription required for Gale: Eighteenth Century Collections Online]

Somerset

017 * Quarter Sessions Records for the County of Somerset : Vol.III [ed. by Rev E.H. Bates Harbin, 1912, pp.l, 324 - East and West Woodlands seen at Frome, 1657 [sic]]
018 * Somerset Books and Magazine Articles, 1912 [by Edwin Pearce [one of publisher Barnicott & Pearce], in Notes & Queries for Somerset and Dorset, Vol.XIII Pt.CI, Mar. 1913, p.209 - citation of The Last of the Wincanton Mummers, by George Sweetman, in Sweetman's Almanack and Diary for 1912, 1911, no pp. - as Wincanton Gazette [he had been Editor], ?? ??? 1904 - 'Jack White's Gibbet' + 'Lord Lovel's Wedding' + 'Bluebeard' + 'Jack, the Giant Killer', all 1839 [- see Somerset and the Drama, 1922, pp.23-24]]
019 * The Wedmore Ratepayers - 1701 to 1750 [by S.H.A. H. [Rev S.H.A. Hervey][Vicar of Wedmore], in Wedmore Chronicle, Vol.II No.I, [? 1888], p.21 - 'Bishop. Dean' - Scripture play at Dunster]

Westmorland

020 * The Flemings in Oxford [ed. by John Richard Magrath, Vol.I, 1904, p.407 - 'Appendix E : Extracts from Daniel Fleming's Great Book of Accounts' - Troutbeck seen at Rydal Hall, Rydal, 27th Dec. 1661 - The Fair Maid of the West]

Wiltshire

021 * Historical Manuscripts Commission : Report on Manuscripts in Various Collections : Vol.I [1901, p.130 - 'The Records of Quarter Sessions in the County of Wilts.', ed. by [Rev] W.D. Macray - mummers at Red Hill [western Derry Hill] near Calne, 1655]
022 * Shreds of Evidence [by Steven Hobbs [Archivist of Wiltshire Record Office], in Local History News, No.97, Autumn 2010 - deposition records of Quarter Sessions - "Christmas Boys" at Chippenham, 1851]

[General]

023 * A Catalogue of the Harleian Collection of Manuscripts, ; and preserved in the British Museum [by [Humphrey Wanley et al.][Librarian to 1st and 2nd Earl of Oxford], 1759 & 1763 - 'Preface + Index', Vol.I - 'Ms. 1197' - No.9?]
024 * A Catalogue of the Harleian Manuscripts in the British Museum [et al. revised and corrected [by Rev R. Nares [late Under Librarian / Keeper of the Manuscripts] and Francis Douce [Under Librarian / Keeper of the Manuscripts]] [1808 & 1812 - 'Indexes', Vol.I p.595 - 'Ms. 1197' - No.9?]
025 * A Select Collection of Old Plays [by [ed. R. Dodsley], Vol.I, 1744, p.x - Summarised or paraphrased in: The British Theatre, by [Chetwood], 1750, p.iii; The Companion to the Play-House:, by [Baker], Vol.I, 1764, p.ix; Þorða Anzel-Cynnan:, by Strutt, Vol.II, 1774-1776, p.94 - [incidentally, four letters are in Anglo-Saxon script. Gale uses the incorrect English Short Title Catalogue title. The correct title is Þorða Angel-Cynnan:. The correct transliteration of the title is Horda Angel-Cynnan:]]
026 * 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;) Dodsley; citation of Remarks on the text, and last edition of Shakespear, by Mr Ritson; (May boys) - Subscription required for Gale: Eighteenth Century Collections Online]
027 * Catalogi Codicum Manuscriptorum Bibliothecae Bodleianae : Pt.IV : Codices of Right Rev Thomas Tanner [by Alfred Hackman, 1860, col.764 - 'Ms. 407' - No.10 [- see The Commonplace Book of Robert Reynes of Acle, 1980]]
028 * Historical Manuscripts Commission : The Manuscripts of his Grace the Duke of Rutland, K.G. : Vol.IV [1905, pp.xi - 'Extracts from Household Accounts', eds. by Sir H. Maxwell Lyte and W.H. Stevenson - 281 - mommers at Belvoir Castle, 17th Jan. 1537 / 312-313 - Lincoln seen, 29th Dec. 1540; Wigan seen, 3rd Jan. 1541; Newark[-on-Trent] seen, 1541; Nottingham seen, 1541 / 321-322 - Parts of Holland seen, 28th Dec. 1541; Stoke seen, 29th Dec. 1541; Sleaford not seen, 29th Dec. 1541; Lancashire not seen, 3rd Jan. 1542; Lincoln not seen, 6th Jan. 1542; Derbyshire not seen, 8th Jan. 1542 / 544 - Scalford seen, 5th Jan. 1665; Bottesford seen, 5th May 1665]
029 * Remarks, critical and illustrative, on the text and notes of the Last edition of Shakspeare [by [Anon][Joseph Ritson], 1783, pp.38-40 - 'Pageant of the Nine Worthies' - as Bodleian Library Ms. Tanner 407; as British Library Harley Ms. 1197]
030 * The Clandestine Marriage [Vols.I-II], and The Sisters [Vol.III] [by Ellen Wallace, 1840, Vol.II pp.179-181 - acting ['The Keys of Canterbury'] - Literary Work]
031 * The Nursery Rhymes of England, [4th edition, enlarged by a Supplement, only] [ed. by James Orchard Halliwell, 1846, pp.229-230 - DXXXIV 'The Keys of Canterbury']

Harvest Home

Norfolk

032 * Norfolk [by G.H. I., in The Every-Day Book;, Vol.II, 1827, cols.1166-1170 - "disguising"]
033 * Popular Year-Book [in Sharpe's London Magazine, Vol.II No.41, 8th Aug. 1846, p.235 [- extract from Hone]]

North Yorkshire

034 * Archives of the National Centre for English Cultural Tradition (NATCECT) [Ref. Act/97-005] [Richard Blakeborough and J. Fairfax Blakeborough [his son] Collection]
035 * Examples of Printed Folk-Lore concerning the North Riding of Yorkshire, York and the Ainsty [County Folk-Lore, Vol.II : Printed Extracts, No. 4] [coll. & ed. by Mrs Gutch, 1901, pp.258-259 - extract from Rhymes & Sketches to Illustrate the Cleveland Dialect [2nd edition], by Mrs G.M. Tweddell, 1892, pp.49-51; 259-266 - extract from article, by Richard Blakeborough, in Leeds Mercury Supplement, 14th Jan. 1899 - 'The Mell Supper Act', 1820; ("Guisers" with mell supper) - both informed by [?]]
036 * Rhymes & Sketches to Illustrate the Cleveland Dialect [2nd edition] [by Mrs G.M. Tweddell, 1892, pp.(16 - 'T' Awd Cleveland Customs' - Sword Dancers;) 49-51 - 'Awd Tahms an' Awd Fooaks' - going a guising with Mell Suppers - 'Jack and his master']

Northamptonshire

037 * The Village Minstrel, and Other Poems [by John Clare, 1821, pp.(xxii-xxiii;) xxiii-xxiv - 'Introduction', 28 - 'The Village Minstrel' - ("crane" with Harvest Homes;) "dusty miller" with Harvest Homes]

Suffolk:

038 * On the Agriculture of Suffolk: [by William and Hugh Raynbird, 1849, pp.306-307 - 'The Horkey' - (extract from [Popular Year-Book], in Sharpe's London Magazine, Vol.II;) in Suffolk too]

Sussex

039 * Ancient Poems Ballads and Songs of the Peasantry of England [Revised and enlarged edition] [ed. by Robert Bell, 1857, pp.44-46 - 'God Speed the Plow, and Bless the Corn-Mow' - as Roxburgh[e] Collection of Ballads, Vol.III [sic]; 46-49 - 'A Dialogue between the Husbandman and the Servingman' - (at Selborne, 1836 [sic]; citation of Some Ancient Christmas Carols,, coll. by Davies Gilbert;) [Sussex text; also informed by William Sandys]]
040 * Ancient Poems, Ballads, and Songs of the Peasantry of England [1st edition] [coll. & ed. by James Henry Dixon, 1846, pp.42-46 - 'A Dialogue between the Husband-man and the Serving-man' - (at Selborne, 1835; citation of Some Ancient Christmas Carols,, coll. by Davies Gilbert;) Sussex text; also informed by William Sandys]

Warwickshire

041 * The Duologues given in Character by the Warwickshire Peasantry [by F. Scarlett Potter [lived at Halford], in Long Ago, No.17 Vol.II, May 1874, pp.129-131 - at [Longdon, Darlingscott ?], when a boy / 'Dialogue between a Husbandman and a Servingman' - citation of Ancient Poems Ballads and Songs of the Peasantry of England, ed. by Bell; citation of Some Ancient Christmas Carols,, coll. by Davies Gilbert / 'The Hiring' - text; (like Christmas mummeries;) extract from Midas, by Kane O'Hara, 1764 / 'Jack and his Master']

[General]

042 * A Book of Roxburghe Ballads [- as now British Museum] [ed. by John Payne Collier, 1847, pp.312-316, ix - 'God Speed the Plough, And bless the Corn-mow' - citation of Dixon]
043 * Euing Collection of Ballads [- was Halliwell Collection of Ballads] [No.127 - 'God Speed the Plow, and bless the Corn-mow']
044 * Midas; an English Burletta [by [Kane O'Hara], 1764, pp.7-8, 27 - Literary Work - Subscription required for Gale: Eighteenth Century Collections Online]
045 * Roxburghe Collection of Ballads [- was Harleian Collection of Ballads] [Vol.II f.188 - 'God Speed the Plow, And Bless the Corn-Mow']
046 * Some Ancient Christmas Carols, [2nd edition only] [coll. by Davies Gilbert, 1823 - 'The Servingman and the Husbandman']
047 * The Loyal Garland: [ed. by J.O. Halliwell, 1850, pp.66-69 - 'The Husband-Man and Serving-Man' - as The Loyal Garland, [5th edition, with additions], 1686]

New Year

Scotland

048 * Memoir and Correspondence of Susan Ferrier 1782-1854 [ed. by John A. Doyle, 1898, pp.192-193 - "guizarding" her The Inheritance, 1824 - at Kennet House [Kennet Gardens], Kennet, 1825]
049 * Reminiscences of Dunfermline and Neighbourhood, [by Alexander Stewart, 1886, p.151 - Norval and Glenalvon [i.e. Douglas], by John Home; Rob Roy; and The Gentle Shepherd, by Allan Ramsay]
050 * Yule and Hogmanay [by [Anon], in Hogg's Weekly Instructor, Vol.VI No.153, 29th Jan. 1848, pp.361-363 - ([Edinburgh ?] fragment;) superseded by e.g. Norval and Glenalvon [i.e. Douglas], by John Home]

Wake

Ireland

051 * An Historical Essay on the Irish Stage [by Joseph C. Walker, in Transactions of the Royal Irish Academy, [Vol.II], 1788, pp.75-76fn - 'Sir Sop or Sir Sopin, the Knight of Straw' - Subscription required for Gale: Eighteenth Century Collections Online]
052 * Ancient Legends, Mystic Charms, and Superstitions of Ireland [Sir W.R. Wilde Collection][US edition] [by Lady [Francesca Speranza [pseud]] Wilde [wife of the late Sir W.R. Wilde], 1888 - 'The Wake Orgies' - in the South, some fifty years before - informed by an old man [Anon][- see also The Life of Oscar Wilde, by Robert Harborough Sherard, 1906, pp.79-80]]
053 * Irish Popular Superstitions [Readings in Popular Literature] [by W.R. Wilde [born at Castlerea, Kilkeevin], n.d., pp.vii, vi - 'Queries'; (15 - 'Discursive Introduction' - mummers, left off when a gossoon; 64-67 - as his article but without footnote; 81, 104, 95 - as his article)]
054 * The Letters of Joseph Ritson, Esq. [ed. by [Joseph Frank, Esq.][his nephew], 1833, Vol.I pp.178, ifn - 'Letter LXXXVII : 14th Dec 1790' - (possesed [Alexander and the King of Egypt ?] chapbook for Joseph C. Walker;) like Sir Sopin]
055 * Thomas Fitz-Gerald : the Lord of Offaley [Vols.I-III] [by Mac-Erin O'Tara [pseud], 1825, Vol.I pp.272-283 - 'Sir Sopin the Knight of Straw' - literary work]
056 * Traces of the Elder Faiths of [sic] Ireland [by W.G. Wood-Martin, 1901, Vol.I pp.315-316 - 'The building of the fort' - paraphrasing Ancient legends, mystic charms and superstitions of Ireland, by Lady Wilde]

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