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334                                ALTCAR RUSH-BEARING.                          [JULY.
This last good custom is not done away with yet, suppers and, afterwards, dancing in a barn being the order while the feast lasts.—N & Q. A.(h S. vol. i. p. 361.
In Sinclair's Stat. Ace. of Scotland (1792, vol. iii. p. 105) we are told that at Loudoun, in Ayrshire, the custom still retains among the herds and young people to kindle fires in the high grounds, in honour of Beltan. Beltan was anciently the time of this solemnity. It is kept on St. Peter's day.
July.]                 COMMENCEMENT DAY.
In the University of Cambridge, the first Tuesday in July is usually the Commencement Day. The Commencement Sunday is the Sunday immediately before the Commencement Day. It is a commemoration day.
On Commencement Sunday, the Vice-Chancellor invites to dinner all noblemen, the three Eegius Professors, and their sons, and the public orator.—Adam Wall, Ceremonies observed tn the Senate House of the University of Cambridge, 1798, p. 76.
At Old Weston a piece of green sward belongs by custom to the parish clerk for the time being, subject to the condition of the land being mown immediately before Weston feast, which occurs in July, and the cutting thereof being strewed on the church floor previously to Divine service on the feast Sunday, and continuing there during Divine service.— Edwards, Old English Customs and Charities, p. 220.
At Altcar the parish church is dedicated to St. Michael, and, in accordance with a very old custom, a rush-bearing takes place in July.—See Med. AEvi Kalend. vol. i. p. 341.
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