Brand's popular antiquities of Great Britain. Faiths and folklore (1905) by John Brand

Brand's popular antiquities of Great Britain. Faiths and folklore 

Brand's popular antiquities of Great Britain

A dictionary of national beliefs, superstitions and popular customs, past and current, with their classical and foreign analogs, described and illustrated.

The book contains Folklores and Myths of Great Britain arranged alphabetically

One and Thirty, or Whip-her- Jenny.—

The game of cards so-called. When Nares published his Glossary in 1822, it was still played, but chiefly among children. The great object of the expert player was to get the ace at the bottom, which counting; eleven went a good way toward winning the game. Chatto (Facts and Speculations, 1848, p. 115) states that it was a favorite game both in Spain and Ireland. The following reference to it is made in Taylor's " Wit and Mirth," 1629: "An unhappy boy, that kept his fathers sheep in the country,

—Burton speaks of " Cromnysmantia," a kind of divination with onions laid on the altar on Christmas Eve, practiced by girls, to know when they shall be married, and how many husbands they shall have. Anatomy, 1621, ed. 1660, p. 538. "With the introduction of the Protestant Faith," says an early writer, "were introduced your Gallegascones, your Scabilonians, your St. Thomas Onions, your ruffes, your cuffs, and a thousand such new-devised Luciferian Trinkets." Quattron of Catholike Religion, by Tho. Hyll, 1600, p. 86. In a tract of later date is the following passage: " Macq. Some convenient well-scituated stall wherein to sit and sell time, rue, and rosemary, apples, garlic, and Saint Thomas onions, will be a fit palace for me to practice penance in." Dialogue between Mistris Macquerella, &c. 1650, p. 4. This appears from Naogeorgus to have been a German custom on St. Valentine's Day

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