Observations on Popular Antiquities: Chiefly Illustrating the Origin of Our Vulgar Customs, Ceremonies and Superstitions

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Cambridge University Press, Dec 8, 2011 - Social Science - 516 pages
John Brand (1744-1806), secretary of the Society of Antiquaries, first published his widely popular Observations on Popular Antiquities in 1777. This fascinating two-volume almanac of British superstitions and customs was in fact a heavily revised and annotated version of Henry Bourne's Antiquitates vulgares (1725). Beginning with New Year's Eve, Volume 1 describes the origins and practices of British calendar festivals including religious holidays, saints' days, seasonal celebrations such as May Day and the Summer Solstice, and obscurer festivities such as the Feast of Sheep Shearing. Following the success of the book's initial reception, Brand continued to research English folklore with the intention of publishing fuller information. This two-volume version, published posthumously in 1813, was edited and expanded by Sir Henry Ellis, Keeper of Manuscripts at the British Museum, and further revisions also appeared in 1841 and 1870. Brand's book is regarded as the foundation for folklore studies in England.
 

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THE Boimowsn Dnvs 460
4
ST SrmHENs DAY Decemb 26th
27
New Yr Ans DAY
32
1
38
Sr BLAzss DAY Feb 3d
47
or or SHROVE MONDAY
54
AsaW1 nm s1AY
79
ST DAvms DAY March lst
86
MAY DAY Cusroms
179
MAY Pouas
193
Moams DANCERS
204
s DAY Jllay 251
223
TmNrrY or Tnmrrv SUNDAY Even
233
ST PEIERS DAY June 29th
269
Gums of Auousr commonly called LAMMASS
275
MICHAELMAS Septemb 29th
281

MIDLENT SUNDAY
92
PALM SUNDAY
102
The Fnasr or Sass? Snsnuno
134
Au Foo1 s DAY April lst
135
Lnrmo on EASTER HOLIDAYS
155
Sr MAaxs DAY or Eve
166
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DAYS Lucxv or Uuwcxy
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Cocx Cnowmc Timeqftke Morning so called
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Srnswmo CHURCHES with F1 ow1 as on Days Qf Humiliation and Tzanksgiving
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BULLRUNNING in the Townqf S1Ammim
483
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