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St. Antonie, or Tantonie Pigs.-Between 1473 and 1476, King Edward united to the free chapel at Windsor the House, or Hospital, of St. Antony in London, which at one time had been a Jewish synagogue. In doing this he also added many valuable rights and privileges, amongst which was the privilege of sending one St. Antony's pig yearly into every village throughout England. The animal, which was vulgarly called a Tantonie Pig, had a bell about his neck, and the peasants, in the hope of obtaining St. Antony's blessing upon their own swine, did not fail to fatten these holy porkers to the best of their abilities. The consequence was that the deans and canons made more than six hundred a year by them, though in the after times of the Protestants it would seem the clergy drove their pigs to a bad market, for they could not make a penny by their herds-" so much more lucrative," says Frith angrily, "is superstition than the orthodox faith." Hence however comes the common saying of "he will follow me like a Tantonie pig."t

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The passage as quoted by Abp. Kennett in his MS. (Bibl. Lansdown, 1039, Plut. 79 f., vol. c.v.,) is exceedingly curious-" Inter annos 1473 et 1476, Edwardus rex domum sive hospitulam S. Antonii, London, (ubi olim synagoga Judæorum) liberæ capellæ de Windesor adjunxit una cum possessionibus ejusdem minutis ac privilegioru emolumentis (dum tempus tulit) amplissimis. Ex privilegio unico (inter alia plurima eademque Papalia) hoc est intromittendi porcellum S. Antonianum, vulgariter vocatu a Tantonie Pigg, in unamquamque villam per totum regnum Angliæ, cum tintinnabulo per collum dependente, cui villani pabulum abundè administraverunt, eumque in porcum crescentem quotannis saginaverunt quandiu porcos proprios benedictionem S. Antonii inde obtinere opinati sunt. Decani et canonici sexcentas libras annuas et, amplius

Blessing of Bacon.—“ Anno 1395-33.—Johu Bukingham, Bp. of Lincolns, takes notice of a custom at Nettleham, near Lincoln, for the people to oblige the rector of the church, at Easter, immediately after high Mass, to bring a piece of bacon to the church, and during the time of service solemnly to bless it; and that being done it was carried from house to house through the parish velut quoddam sacramentale-as something sacred. This Bishop calls it a part of idolatry and a superstitious practice, and as such condemns and forbids it of excommunication. (Memoranda Bukingham Epi. MS.) The custom. is still observed in many, especially the western parts of England, to bring out the gammon of bacon on Easter Day to entertain their friends."*

Barbers' Sunday-Custom.--" It was an old custom for the barbers to come and shave the parishioners in the churchyard on Sundays and high festivals before matins, which liberty was restrained by a particular inhibition of Richard Flemmyng, Bp. of Lincoln, 1422."†

Burning of the Hill.-(Mendip Hills; Somersetshire.) "The Groviers,-for so the miners are called, as the pits they sink are called groves-living at some distance, leave their tools, and the ore they have got, sometimes open upon the hill, or at most only shut up in a slight hut. Whoever among them steals any thing, and is found guilty, is thus punished; he is shut up in a hut, and then dry fern, furz, and such other combustible matter, When it is on fire, the is put round it, and fire set to it. criminal, who has his hands and feet at liberty, may

per procuratores suos percipiebant, unde ne denarium quidem hodie capiunt. Tantò magis est lucritiva superstitio quam religio orthodoxa. Unde proverbiù nunc temporis agitatum, he will follow me like a Tantonie pig'-FRITH ; CATAL. DECAN. ET CANON, de Windesor."

IDEM, folio 16.


IDEM, folio 16.

with them (if he can) break down his hut, and making himself a passage out of it, get free and be gone; but he must never come to work, nor have to do any more on the hill. This they call, BURNING OF THE HILL.

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Riding of Women.—“ Here also died Anne, wife of King Richard II., sister to Wenceslaus, the emperor, and daughter of the emperor Charles IV.; she first taught the English women that way of riding on horseback, which is now in use, whereas formerly their custom was—though a very unbecoming one-to ride astride like the men."†

Roses on Graves." Here also (Ockley, in Surry, so called from the oaks)—is a certain custom, observed time out of mind, of planting rose-trees upon the graves, especially by the young men and maids, who have lost their lovers, so that this church-yard is now full of them. It is the more reasonable, because we may observe it to have been anciently used both among the Greeks and Romans, who were so very religious in it, that we find it often annexed as a codicil to their wills-(as appears by an old inscription at Ravenna, and another at Milan. Hence that of Propertius implying the usage of burying amidst roses. And old Anacreon speaking of it says that 'it does protect the dead." "§

Debts in the Isle of Man.-" They had here an old custom concerning debts which is now abolished. When the debtor died and was buried, and there remained no

*Camden's Britannia, by Gibson, vol. 1, p. 185, fol., London.


+ Id., vol. 1, p. 238.

+ "Illa meo caros donasset funere crines,

Molliter et tenera poneret ossa rosa.'

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§ Camden's Britannia, vol. 1, p. 236. The passage alluded to by Camden is Anacreon's second Ode to the Rose.

« Τοδὲ καὶ νοσᾶσιν ἀρκεῖ

Τοδὲ καὶ νεκροῖς ἀμύνει.”

writings to prove the debt, the creditor came to the grave of the deceased and laid himself all along with his back upon the grave, with his face towards Heaven, and a bible on his breast; and there he protested before God that is above him, and by the contents of the bible on his breast, that the decease there buried under him did owe him so much money, and then the executors were bound to pay him. But in the year 1609 this custom was abolished."*

Leap-Candle-Dancing the Candle Rush.—“The young girls in and about Oxford have a sport called LeapCandle, for which they set a candle in the middle of the room in a candlestick, and then draw up their coats into the form of breeches, and dance over the candle back and forth with these words,

The tailor of Bicitert he has but one eye

He can not cut a pair of green galagaskins if he were to die. This sport is called in other parts, dancing the candlerush."

Invisibility." Take on Midsummer night at twelve, when all the planets are above the earth, a serpent, and kill him, and skinne him; and dry it in the shade, and bring it to a powder. Hold it in your hand, and it will be invisible. This receipt is in Joannes de Florentia (a Rosycrucian) a booke in 8vo. in High Dutch. Ridgeley, the physitian hath it, who told me of this."§


A Magicall Receipt to know whom we shall marry Eggs roasted hard, and the yolke taken out, and salt putt in its

* IDEM; Additions to the Isle of Man; p. 1066, Gibson's Edition of 1695.

i.e. Bicester, Bisseter, or Burcester, situated on a stream that runs into the Charwell at Islip.

AUBREY'S REMAINS OF GENTILISME, fol. 123. MS. Bibl: Lansdown; 231. This notice however has the initials M. K. to it.

§ Idem, folio 131.

sted, filled up, to be eaten fasting to your supper when
you goe to bed. Mrs. Fines of Albery* in Oxfordshire
did thus; she dreamt of an ancient grey, or white-haired
man, and such a shape, which was her husband. This I
had from her owne mouth. †"

A marginal note however says, "I think only one egge."
Dumb-Cakes." The maids of Oxfordshire have a way
of foreseeing their sweethearts by making a dumb-cake.
That is, on some Friday night several maids and batche-
lors bring every one a little flower, and every one a little
salt, and every one blows an egge, and every one helps to
make it into past; then every one makes the cake, and
lays it on the gridiron, and every one turns it, and
when bakt enough every one breaks a piece, and eats
one part and laies the other just under their pillow
to dream of the person they shall marry. But all this
to be done in serious silence without one word or
one smile, or else the cake looses the name and the
value. W. K.+"

New-Moon." In Yorkshire, &c., northwards, some
country-women doe worship the new moon on their
bare knees, kneeling on an earth-fast steane§"-i.e. upon
a stone that is firm in the earth.

Misselto (Mistletoe)." As for the magical qualities of
this plant, and conceived efficacy unto veneficial inten-
tions, it seemeth a pagan relique, borrowed from the
ancient Druiden, the great admirers of oak, especially
the misselto that grows thereon; which according to the
particular [statement] of Pliny they gathered with great

* I know of no such place as Albury, or Albery, in Oxfordshire.
Bayne's INDEX VILLARUM gives two places of that name in Surrey,
and one in Gloucestershire.

IDEM, folio 137.

IDEM, folio 139. I have also given another account of the
Dumb-Cake at p. 31 of this volume.

SIDEM, folio 151.

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