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her hands is entirely the work of Miss Burne, who has done the Brand Committee and the Folk-Lore Society the honour of acting as Secretary of the Committee.
H. B. Wheatley, Ciiairinan of the Brand Committee.
ENGLAND, WALES. SCOTLAND, IRELAND AND THE LESSER BRITISH ISLANDS.
WEEK PRECEDING SHROVE TUESDAY.
Tuesday before Shrove Tuesday.
Girls burnt " Holly -boy " : boys,
" Ivy-girl " - - - - Kent (village in, 1779).
Saturday before Shrove Tuesday.
Called Egg-Feast - - - - Oxford (181 3). Egg Saturday (eggs eaten) - North Country. ,, Brusting Saturday (" frying- pan pudding " eaten) - Lincoln.
Candlemas to Shrove Tuesday.
The Gyre-carline, a spinning hag,
visited houses - - . - Caithness.
Thursday before Shrove Tuesday.
Called" Cropping-Thursday." (People had their hair cut, and not again till Maundy Thursday) - - Leitrim.
Last Sunday before Lent.
Called " Chalking-Sunday " (un- married girls' backs chalked) - Gahvay.