Lincoln, Rutland & Stamford Mercury (1877 - b)
*Lincoln, Rutland & Stamford Mercury,
12th Jan.1877, pp.5d
"Plough Monday was not allowed to pass unobserved here. Several
companies of ploughboys were early organised and decorated with the
usual regalia of ribbons, rags, and ruddle. The gambots of the 'boys'
were of the most absurd character, and, as usual, the inhabitants were
importuned for pecuniary acknowledgements of the day.
On Monday numbers of men and youths dressed in harlequin costume
perambulated the streets of Kibworth, making importunate solicitations
for coppers. In the evening a goodly number of the 'craft' held high
festival in the Village hall. Their wives and sweethearts having been
regaled with tea, dancing was indulged in, and the frolics of the
'boys' were sustained until a late hour."
Note that this article could have been published on 14th Jan 1876
Market Harborough, Leics. (SP7387); Kibworth, Leics. (SP6894)
TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00711;
Lincoln City Library, Morris Dancers or 'Plough Jacks' File Ref.L394
* indicates data that has not yet been validated against the original source and/or has yet to be completely indexed.
Last Updated Feb 2005 by Idwal Jones.