Lincoln (SK9771), Lincolnshire

Lincoln, Rutland & Stamford Mercury (1840)

[Anon.] (Auth.)
*Lincoln, Rutland & Stamford Mercury, 17th Jan.1840, pp.3d

"A party of ploughmen, decorated with a profusion of ribbons, made an incursion in to Lincoln on Monday last (Plough Monday) and attempted to levy contributions on the citizens in return for the exhibition of their antics. It is time this remnant of old English customs was abolished altogether, as the money begged by the "plough-boys" is spent in drunkenness."

Lincoln, Rutland & Stamford Mercury (1844)

[Anon.] (Auth.)
*Lincoln, Rutland & Stamford Mercury, 12th Jan.1844, pp.3d

"The morris-dancers amused the good folks of Lincoln with their tomfooleries on Plough-Monday, and levied contributions on all who were silly enough to part with anything on such a call. The magistrates have forbidden the police to beg, and have issued strict injunctions with regard to mendicants, some of whom may beg from want; why ribbon-decked sword-carrying buffoons and ruffians should not come within the scope of the restriction does not seem plain; they do not beg from necessity, but for the sake of getting money to spend in riot and excess."

Lincoln, Rutland & Stamford Mercury (1845 - a)

[Anon.] (Auth.)
*Lincoln, Rutland & Stamford Mercury, 17th Jan.1845, pp.3d

"Plough Monday brought to Lincoln the annual fooleries of the morris-dancers, and two or three bands of scarmouches were performing in various parts of the city, and levying "black mail" upon the inhabitants without interruption. After one band a train of two or three hundred boys followed, shouting and bawling at "Moll with the broom". Other beggars, who are a far less nuisance are taken up and punished."

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