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Jan. 12.]                 scotch local custom.                             4&
the soil in front of the houses of such persons as refuse their contributions. Before the inclosure of open fields, there was another custom in connection with the day. When tho ploughman returned from his labours in the evening, the servant-maid used to meet him with a jug of toast and ale;. and if he could succeed in throwing his plough-hatchet into the house before she reached the door, he was entitled to a cock to throw at Shrovetide; but if she was able to present him with the toast and ale first, then she gained the cock. (See page 38.)—Baker's Northamptonshire Words and Phrases, 1854, ii, 1257.
On the Monday after Twelfth Day, says Clarkson (Hist. of Bichmond, 1821, p. 293), a number of young men from the country, yoked to a plough, drag it about the streets, begging money, in allusion to the labours of the plough having ceased in that severe weather. In like manner the watermen in London, when the Thames is covered with ice i'i hard frosts, haul a boat about the streets, to show that they are deprived of the means of earning their livelihood,
Jan io.]                          Oxfordshire.
Pointer, in his Oxoniensis Academia (1749, p. 96), alludes-to a practice observed at St. John's and Corpus Christi Colleges, Oxford, of having a speech spoken on this day, in laudem Laudi Archiepiscopi.
Jak. I2.]                        SCOTLAND.
This day is observed by the people of Halkirk, as New* Year's Day, a time when servants are too apt to spend their hard-earned penny in drink and other equally useless purposes.—Stat Ace. of Scotland, 1845, vol. xv. p. 75.
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