Bibliography of Nottinghamshire Folk Plays & Related Customs

J.F.L. (1902)

*J. F. L. (Auth.); [James Fleming Leishman (Auth.)]
*The Dying Guizard [Hogmanay play from Scotland]
The Scotsman, *31st Dec.1902, p.8a-b

Article on the history and decline of Guizards in Scotland. It includes an unlocated Hogmanay full text (101 lines) of "The New Year Mummers' Tale of Golishan". The characters are: Bol Bendo, King of France, King of Spain, Sir Alexander, Golishan, and Doctor/Doctor Beelzebub/Hector Protector.

In "Galoshins: The Scottish Folk Play" (1990, pp.114-115), Brian Hayward ascribes this text to Berwickshire but only quotes exceptional fragments from a later reprint, stating: "Leishman is an unreliable witness, and his information cannot be assumed to be of Scottish origin". Hayward does not give his reasons for this opinion.

Index Terms:
Locations: Berwickshire, Scotland
Years: Publ. 1902
Subjects: Guizards; Hogmanay; Play; Full Text; New Year; "The New Year Mummers' Tale of Golishan"; Bol Bendo; King of France; King of Spain; Sir Alexander; Golishan; Doctor; Doctor Beelzebub; Hector Protector
Archives: Ref.: TD00795; A.S.Buxton Collection

Indexed by Peter Millington. Last updated Mar.2005

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