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74 Collectanea.

The same story is told of " Will's Grave," where the road from Kiddington to Steeple Barton crosses that from Wootton to Sandford St. Martin, and of " Jug's Grave," at the crossing of the Shipton-under-Wychwood to Leafield, and Charlbury to Burford, roads.

[Under this heading I may perhaps include the following passage from Anthony Wood's Diary i for Oct. 23, 1681 : — "Sunday, between 10 and 11 in the morning, Mr. William Cardinall hanged himself in his bed-chamber [in Merton College] on his door, dis- covered by his maid after 12 of the clock. He had only his shirt and night-cap on, and there he hung till between 7 and 8 at night ; and then the coroner and jury, coming and seeing him there, pronounced that he was not compos mentis. About 11 at night he was buried stark naked in the vestrie yard on the south side of the chancel."]

Percy Manning.

The Festival of Uphelly A' (or the End of Yule) as NOW celebrated at Lerwick.

(See Orkney atid Shetland Folklore, by G. F. Black and N. W. Thomas, p. 205.)

" The ancient festival of ' Uphelly A' ' was celebrated at Lerwick on Wednesday on a most magnificent scale, and with a pomp and display that dwarfed former efforts. The following announcement was put up at the Market Cross early in the morning :

Uphelly A'.

Grand Torchlight Procession.

Hark ye, Dwellers in the Burgh.

I, the undersigned, do hereby give forth that the guizers shall assemble at the South Esplanade, at 7.30 (New School time). The Procession shall start

401-2. The fact that there was an ancient earthwork here, and the frequent connection between goblins and earthworks, makes one wonder whether " Mary Hill " may not be a corruption of " Merry Hill " — a name found else- where — and whether both may not be connected with the old English mare, a goblin.

' Life and Times of Anthony IVood, ed. by A. Clark (Oxf. Hist. Soc), i-. 557-