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Popular Superstitions Of Lincolnshire
It may not be altogether uninstructive to place upon permanent record, in your venerable Miscellany, a few remarks on the popular superstitions which still exist in divers parts of this extensive county. I presume not to think that I have collected all the vulgar errors which prevail among the rustic population here; but my researches have been tolerably successful.
Suffolk Superstitions
There are two old women of my acquaintance they are still living, though for obvious reasons I must not give their names who reside in the same house, the one occupying the front, the other the back room.
Superstitions Of Worcestershire
I send you some further notes regarding the superstitions of this county, in continuation of those which you published in your magazine for July. In parts of this county, and of Shropshire, the following occurrences are considered unlucky :To meet a squinting woman, unless you talk to her, which breaks the charm.To go a journey on a Friday.To help another person to salt at table.To be one of a party of thirteen at Christmas.
Superstitious Origin Of Some Of The English Laws
Bred up an Englishman, and under the protection of the English Laws, I have ever been taught to consider them superior to the laws of other nations, as being founded alike in wisdom and lenity, for either of which causes I have considered them entitled to respect and veneration.
Popular Superstitions - Custom Of Decorating Wells
In the village of Tissington in the county of Derby, a place remarkable for fine springs of water, it has been a custom, time immemorial, on every Holy Thursday, to decorate the wells with boughs of trees, garlands of tulips, and other flowers, placed in various fancied devices ; and, after prayers for the day at the church, for the parson and singers to pray and sing psalms at the wells.
Popular Superstitions - Rag Wells
The Rev. Mr. Brand, in his ingenious annotations on Bourne's 'Popular Antiquities,' mentions a well at Benton, similar to the well near the foot of Rosberrye Toppinge, between the towns of Aten and Newton, co. York, and dedicated to St. Oswald.
Popular Superstitions - Holy Wells In Cornwall
In Cornwall there are several wells which bear the name of some Patron Saint, who appears to have had a Chapel consecrated to him or her on the spot. This appears by the name of Chapel Saint attached by tradition to the spot. These Chapels were most probably mere Oratories ; but in the parish of Maddern there is a well called Maddern Well, which is inclosed in a complete Baptistery.
Popular Superstitions - Divining Rods
So early as Agricola the divining rod was in much request, and has obtained great credit for its discovering where to dig for metals and springs of water ; for some years past its reputation has been on the decline, but lately it has been revived with great success by an ingenious gentleman, who, from numerous experiments, hath good reason to believe its effects to be more than imagination.
Popular Superstitions - Mine-knockers
The subject treated of in the following letter is so extraordinary, that it is to be wished gentlemen who live near mines would enquire into the matter, and inform us whether the idea of these invisible beings is general throughout the kingdom amongst labourers employed underground, or whether this superstitious opinion is confined only to the Welsh miners.
Popular Superstitions - Ancient Book Of Medical Recipes
For a man or a woman that bath lost theire speeche. Take wormewoode, and stampe it, and temper it with water, and strayne it, and with a spoone doe of it into theire mouthes.
Popular Superstitions - Remedies For The Headache
The following receipt is literally transcribed from 'The most excellent and perfecte homishe Apothecarye, or homely Physick Book, translated out of the Almaine Speche into English, by John Holly-bush. Collen, 1561.' The credulity and superstition of the early practitioners of physic are so singular as scarcely to merit belief in the present more enlightened age.
Popular Superstitions - Hair Of The Same Dog
When a person, after drinking too much, finds himself disordered next morning, the advice is, to take a hair of the same dog, or of the old dog. Quaere, upon what ground this notion is taken up? Is it from an opinion, that poisonous animals carry their own antidote.
Popular Superstitions - The King's Evil Cured By A Royal Touch
Having just seen Mr. Carte's 'History of England,' I found the following remarkable story, which he has laboriously introduced by way of note to illustrate his history a thousand years preceding. Speaking of the unction of kings, and the gift of healing the scrophulous humour call'd the king's evil, exercised by some European princes, anointed at their coronations.
Popular Superstitions - A Ring Superstition
Popular superstitions are always worth recording ; they illustrate tradition, and exemplify manners. I do not remember to have ever seen mention of a notion which prevails in Berkshire, and, for aught I know, in other parts of England that a ring, made from a piece of silver collected at the communion, is a cure for convulsions and fits of every kind.
Popular Superstitions - Charms, Omens, And Cautionary Denouncements
I recognize every one of your correspondent, Mr. Noake, charms, omens, and cautionary denouncements, but do not admit their exclusive application to Worcester. I have had the benefit of their inculcation in every county in England.
Popular Superstitions - Ancient Charm Against Fire
Among the figured tiles in Great Malvern Church engraved in your Magazine is one which I will request you to introduce again to the notice of your readers. It bears the following inscription: Menton sanctam stontaneum honorem deo et patrie liberationem.
Popular Superstitions - A Word Charm
As from your earliest years you have shown a true appreciation of literary curiosities of all kinds, I send you 'a charm' which in some degree explains itself. The copy from which I take this was made by a Lincolnshire clergyman, from one in the possession of an honest farmer's wife at Saltfleetby St. Clements, who was very loth to part with it, even for an hour.
Popular Superstitions - The Holy Maul
Such of your readers as are members of the Camden Society may remember that in the volume of Anecdotes and Traditions, among other curious illustrations of our folk-lore, which Aubrey has recorded in his 'Remains of Gentilism and Judaism,' there occurs the following remarkable allusion to a very repulsive superstition: The Holy Mawle, which they fancy hung behind the church door, which when the father was seventie, the sonne might fetch to knock his father in head, as effete and of no more use.
Popular Superstitions - Remarks On The Ash-tree
The sacred ash Ydrasil is displayed in a wildly sublime allegory ; and many words signifying strength, valour, or pre-eminence, are compounds of the Saxon word AErc, and in the fifth fable man is described as being formed from the ash.
Popular Superstitions - Virtues Of An Uncommon Stone
On the 15th of February, 1752, the workmen who were digging in a quarry in Montmartre, near Paris, about 80 yards from its mouth, found a solid body in the form of a table, not like any sort of marble or flint, but rather resembling the plaister or limestone. It is considerably harder on the superficies than within. Its colour borders upon that of agate, and is mix'd with some veins entirely black.
Popular Superstitions - The Virtues Of The Lee-stone
That curious piece of antiquity, called the Lee-penny, is a stone of a dark red colour and triangular shape, and its size about half an inch each side. It is set in a piece of silver coin, which, though much defaced, by some letters still remaining is supposed to be a shilling of Edward I., the cross being very plain, as it is on his shillings.
Popular Superstitions - The Luck Of Edenhall
In an excursion to the North of England, I was easily prevailed upon to see the Luck of Edenhall, celebrated in a ballad of Ritson's Select Collection of English Songs. The only description I can give you of it is, a very thin, bell mouthed, beaker glass, deep and narrow, ornamented on the outside with fancy work of coloured glass, and may hold something more than a pint.
Popular Superstitions - St. Cuthbert's Beads
These stoney concretions are known here by the name of St. Cuthbert's beads; but how they came by that appellation I have not met with any intelligent account. St. Cuthbert was the eighth bishop of Lindisferne about the latter end of the seventh century, and is highly famed in legendary records for his piety and austerity when living, and for miracles performed by his body when dead.
Popular Superstitions - Calving Superstition
A mite towards an history of the force of Imagination in Brutes : A Mr. William Chamberlain, an intelligent farmer and grazier at Ayleston, in Leicestershire, had six cows that cast calf, occasioned, he thinks, by the miscarriage of one in the same pasture, by a kind of contagious sympathy; which common experience, he says, has established as a fact.
Popular Superstitions - Curious Enumeration Of Vulgar Errors
Having accidentally been this day a spectator of the funeral procession of Sir Barnard Turner, I was referred, by a learned friend, in consequence of a conversation on the subject of the delay in moving the body, to Mr. Barrington's 'Observations on the more antient Statutes'.
Popular Superstitions - Salt Placed On Dead Bodies
It is apprehended that what your correspondent, Mr. Bickerstaff, describes as found in St. Mary's churchyard, at Leicester, and imagines a plate once charged with salt, and laid on a corpse was a patten intombed in the coffin of some priest or incumbent of that church.The custom of putting a plate of salt on the belly of a deceased corpse, is desired to be accounted for. Is it to prevent any discharge from the navel after death ? or, is it still retained ?
Popular Superstitions - Charm For An Ague
How can one account for some things ? Would any man in his senses have ever expected to find, and under the sign of the cross, the following Christian charm for an ague (of which I have been in possession these twenty years) in Mr. Marsden's excellent 'History of Sumatra,', used, I suppose, by the natives of that island ?
Popular Superstitions - Treasure Finding
Many attempts have been made by poor workmen, who frequently left their daily employ, to discover money supposed to be hid near this chapel, without success; it was therefore proposed, that some person should lodge in the chapel, for a night, to obtain preternatural direction respecting it.
Popular Superstitions - Second Sight
The following is a very remarkable vision of a Highland Seer, who is famous among the Mountains, and known by the Name of Second-Sighted Sawney. Had he been able to write, we might probably have seen this Vision sooner in print ; for it happen'd to him very early in the late hard winter ; and was drawn up by a Student of Glasgow, who took the whole Relation from him, and stuck close to the Facts.
Popular Superstitions - Thirteen At Table
Dining lately with a friend, our conviviality was suddenly interrupted by the discovery of a maiden lady, who observed that our party consisted of thirteen. Her fears, however, were not without hope, till she found, after a very particular enquiry, that none of her married friends were likely to make any addition to the number. She was then fully assured that one of the party would die.
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