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346 Collectanea.

drives it away as far as possible. The first player has now to recover his stick and bring it back to the place from which it has been struck, meanwhile number two must have allowed his to drop from his nose and fix itself more or less upright in the ground ten times before number one is back. This finishes the routine, and number three tries to do with number two what he did with number one. When a failure occurs the player begins where he left off. In the game we have described number two would have been a winner at once, but such success is rare.


(P. 156, after line 11.)

Cailleach Mharbh is also played under the name of Bonnety.

One is fixed on by counting rhyme, etc., as " The Rider," the other players arrange themselves as described above, the boy who stands upright, however, puts his back against a wall and the boy next him bent down, rests his head on his hypogastrium, the other players forming a line extending from his rear. The rider has to struggle along the backs of the line till he can lay his hand on the head of the boy resting with his back against the wall — we may suppose to " bonnet " him. The line, of course, do everything they can, short of losing hold of each other, in the way of kicking, swinging, etc., to prevent the rider attaining his object.

Simple Leap-Frogging, that is, jumping over the head of another with the assistance of putting the hands on his shoulders, is quite common, one lad standing for all to jump over him, his place being taken by any one who fails to clear, or by all the players going down in succession and being jumped over from rear to front. The first way of playing is called, in the neighbourhood of Ardrishaig and elsewhere, " Bull the Cuddy."


(P. 156, after line 11.)

This game is known in Ross-shire as " Punkie," and is called in Mid-Argyleshire " Monkey Chips."