Master Mummers - "The Owd Tup" (A.S.Buxton Collection (No Date - a))

A.S.Buxton Collection (No Date - a)


Source:

*Albert Sorby Buxton (Col.)
*"The Owd Tup" [Christmas play]
A.S.Buxton Collection, Buff notebook, pp.43-47

Full text (26 lines) of "The Owd Tup" or "T'Owd Tup" song and play, possibly from Cuckney Notts. "I and Our Old Lass" went in first to recite the introductory verse, and then everyone sang the rest of the play. A footnote mentions George Washington singing this song to a child relative.

A transcript in the P.T.Millington Collection is annotated "Cuckney", and in "Ritual Animal Disguise", E.C.Cawte (1978, p.240) also lists a Tup play from Cuckney in the A.S.Buxton Collection. However, there is nothing in this item to confirm that it comes from Cuckney. On the other hand, it does immediately follow the Cuckney "Poor Owd Oss" play in Buxton, and there may be some indication with a copy in the E.L.Guilford Collection (M/9912/1). This has yet to be checked.

Index Terms:

Locations: Cuckney, Notts. (SK5671)
Years: *Col. 1920s
Subjects: *"The Owd Tup"; I and Our Old Lass; Song; Play
People: George Washington (Perf.)
Archives: TDRG Archive, Ref. TD00751;
E.L.Guilford Collection, Ref.M99 12/1

* indicates data that has not yet been validated against the original source and/or has yet to be completely indexed.


Last Updated Mar 2005 by Peter Millington.