P.T.Millington Collection (1973, R.Coleman)
Mr. Ralph Coleman (Perf.)
SELSTON - PLOUGH BULLOCK NIGHT GUYSERS (GUYSING) PLAY AND CHRISTMAS MUMMING
Col. 1st Jan.1973
Incomplete text of play from Selston, Notts., with the characters; Saint
George, Bullguy, Doctor and Beelzebub. Mr. Coleman remembered performing the
Guysers as a child in 1907 or 1908, on Plough Bullock Night. The activity was
called Guysing and the performers called Guysers or sometimes Bullguysers.
Mummers went round at Christmas - late at night - singing carols. They would
dress up so as to be frightening, and they carried sticks which they pounded on
the ground to mark time "in a frightening manner"
Selston, Notts. (SK4553)
Perf. 1907 or 1908; Col. 1973
Incomplete Text; Play; Plough Bullock Night; Guysers; Guysing; Christmas; Mumming Custom; Mummers; Saint George; Bullguy; Doctor; Beelzebub; Bullguysers; Carol Singing
Peter Thomas Millington (Col.)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00345
Last Updated Dec 1986 by Peter Millington.