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Ash tree, operation performed with | AUGUST, GULE OF, commonly called
the, to cure rickety or ruptured
children, iii, 291-2.
ASH WEDNESDAY, i, 94, 102.
in some places called Pulver
Wednesday, i, 95.
Naogeorgus's account of, i, 97.
fool-plough and sword-dance
used on, upon the Conti-
nent, i, 97, 508.
custom on, used in Germany,
how distinguished by the pea-
Austria, St. Colman and St. Leopold,
santry of France, i, 100. the patron saints of, i, 365.
custom of interring the car-Autumnal fire, kindled in North
nival on, at Marseilles,i,100. Wales on Allhallow Eve, i, 389.
Ashes, ceremonies of blessing and Auxerre, l'Abbé de Liesse at, i, 504.
giving, on Ash Wednesday, i, 96. "A you a hinny," song of, i, 487.
Ashill, co. Somerset, yew trees at, Ayrshire, Beltan in, on St. Peter's
day, i, 337.
Ashmole, Elias, hangs spiders about
creeling in, ii, 98.
his neck to cure the ague, iii, 287.
Asp, the best arrows made of, ii, 257.
Ass, vulgar error relating to the,
Ass of wood drawn on Palm Sunday, Babies of the eyes, iii, 47.
LAMMAS DAY, i, 347-9.
"Au Guy l'an neuf," i, 458.
AUK, GREAT, augury by the, iii, 221.
Auld Ane, a name for the Devil, ii, 520.
Avoch, co. Ross, custom of penny
weddings retained at, ii, 148.
funeral customs at, ii, 272.
Aurengzebe, reckons Friday to be un-
lucky, ii, 50.
Auricula Judæ, iii, 283.
Avril, Poisson d', i, 139.
Asses or mules, omens of weather,
Bacchus, verses in praise of, made by
the Eton boys on Shrove Monday,
Assize, maiden, white gloves given at Bacon, Dunmow flitch of, ii, 177.
a, ii, 125.
similar custom at Whiche-
novre in Staffordshire, ii,
ASSUMPTION of the VIRGIN Mary,
Aston, near Birmingham, Christmas" Baculus divinatorius," iii, 332.
custom at the house of Sir Bairin-breac, the name of a cake made
Holt, Bart., i, 472.
in Ireland on St. Bridget's Eve,
Astrology, remarks on, iii, 341-8. i, 345.
Athenians, sacred ploughings of the,
cock-fighting practised by the,
ii, 59, 60.
Athens, Apollo and Minerva preside
over, i, 365.
Baal, Beal, or Bealin, remains of the
worship of, i, 228, 304.
Baal, or Bael fyr, i, 300.
Atkinson, Margaret, funeral feast of,
A.D. 1544, ii, 239.
Attica, old inhabitants of, buried
looking towards the east, ii, 318.
Augsburg, St. Huiderich or Ulric,
the patron saint of, i, 364.
Baldock, custom at, on Shrove Tues-
day, i, 82.
Ball, play at the, on Shrove Tuesday,
described by Fitzstephen, i, 70.
Ballikinrain, co. Stirling, yew trees
at, ii, 264.
Ball money at weddings, ii, 156.
Balmano, St. John's well at, ii, 382.
BALOON, GAME OF, ii, 394.
Balow, etymology of, i, 487.
Baltein, i, 225.
Banbury, mop or statute fair at, ii, 455.
Bandothy, co. Perth, harvest customs | Basoche, Roy de, i, 24.
at, ii, 27.
Bassett, ii, 450.
Banners, spurs, &c. hung over the Bassianus and Geta, first cause of
tombs of knights, ii, 308.
their contention, ii, 60.
Bannock, St. Michael's, i, 372. Bachelors' buttons, divination by,
Baniseribe, in Africa, affiancing cus- iii, 340.
tom at, ii, 92.
Baptism, superstitions relating to, in
Scotland, ii, 78-9.
in North Wales, relating
to water after baptism,
Baptizing of bells, ii, 214-15.
Barbara, St., i, 359-60.
BARBERS' SIGNS, ii, 358-61.
forfeits, ii, 361.
Bargarran witches, iii, 30.
Barguest of York, iii, 86.
"Barla-bracks about the stacks,"
Bavo, St., i, 364.
shop, Gay's description of a, Baxter, Richard, his account of the
well at Oundle, ii, 369.
Bay-leaves, houses decked with, at
Christmas, i, 520.
Bath Kol, iii, 337.
Bats, superstition concerning, iii, 189.
Battle Edge, the place of Cuthred's
victory over Ethelbald, king of
Mercia, i, 320.
Barvas, in the Isle of Lewis, custom
at, on the 1st of May, i, 226.
Basil, smelling of, iii, 314.
BASILISK, or COCKATRICE, iii, 374.
Basle, prohibition in the Synod of,
against the Feast of Fools, i, 427.
Batt's carving-knives, i, 486.
Bavaria, St. Wolfgang and St. Mary
Atingana, the patron saints of,
worn against thunder, iii, 316.
Bay trees, withering of, a death
omen, iii, 233.
Bays used at weddings, ii, 119, 120.
Bead of glass, Druid's, called the
ovum anguinum, iii, 287, 369
Beaker, ii, 330.
Bean-king, i, 498.
Beans, choice of a king and queen
by, i, 26-7.
on Midlent Sunday, i, 114.
Erasmus's remarks on the re-
ligious use of, i, 115.
eating of, in Lent, allegorized,
Molluka, used as charms,
BEAR-BAITING, ii, 396.
— a Christmas sport, ii, 396.
Bearing the BeLL, iii, 393.
Bearne, or barn bishop, i, 423.
BEARS, vulgar error relating to the
cubs of, iii, 364.
Beasts eating greedily, an omen of
bad weather, iii, 245.
BEAVER, vulgar error concerning the.
Beaulieu, Mary Dore, the parochial
witch of, iii, 14.
Bells, ringing of, on New Year's Eve
in London, i, 14.
on Allhallows Day, i,
Belly-blind, ii, 397.
Beltan, on St. Peter's Day, in Ayr-
shire, i. 337.
Beltein, or Baltein Day, a name used
in Perthshire for the first day of
May, i, 226.
Bel-teing, celebration of, in Cumber-
land, i, 318.
Bealtine, La, i, 228.
Benedict, St., i, 360-1.
"Benedictio Pomorum in die Sancti
Jacobi," i, 346.
Benediction posset, ii, 173.
Benshea, or the shrieking woman,
death omen, iii, 227.
Berger, le jeu de, et de la Bergère,
"Berisch," ii, 295.
when women were in la- Berkeley, Maurice, fourth Lord, pre-
bour, ii, 70.
parations for the funeral feast of,
at marriages, ii, 160.
Berkeley, Robert, second Lord, bu- | Birdsney, i, 75.
ried in a monk's cowl, iii, 325. Birk at Yule E'en, bare as the, a
Berking nunnery, co. Essex, custom Scottish proverb, i, 467.
at, on St. Ethelburgh's Day, i, BIRKIE, ii, 396.
Birmingham, St. Bartholomew's cha-
pel in, not placed due east and
west, ii, 324.
Berkshire, ring superstition in, iii,
Berlin, the ringing of bells at, against
tempests, forbidden, ii, 218.
Berners, Lord, writes to Cardinal
Wolsey for cramp-rings, i, 151.
Beryl, or crystal, used by sorcerers,
church, weighing of witches
against the, iii, 22.
Bessy, one of the characters of the Bittern, iii, 222.
sword-dance, i, 513.
BETROTHING CUSTOMS, ii, 87, 98.
difference between the be-
trothing ceremony and that
of marriage pointed out,
Beverage, ii, 333.
Biberidge, ii, 333.
Bible, superstitious practice of open-
ing, on New Year's Day,
Bid or bidder ale, ii, 90.
Biddenden cakes, i, 166.
BIDDING to weddings, Welsh practice
of, ii, 146, 147.
BISHOP IN THE PAN, iii, 383.
Bishop's Stortford, co. Herts, custom
at, on Old Michaelmas Day, i,
Billet, or tip-cat, game of, on Shrove
Tuesday, i, 91.
Bishop's well at Tottenham, co. Mid-
dlesex, ii, 369.
put at night under the pillows
of country girls, iii, 141.
fanning the face of the sick | BLAZE'S DAY, ST., i, 51-3.
with the leaves of the,
Billiards, ii, 354.
Birch tree, used for May-poles, i, 237.
bowes, against Midsummer, i,
poles, used anciently as signs
for alehouses, ii, 353.
Birds begin to couple on St. Valen-
tine's Day, i, 53.
divinations by, iii, 191.
"Black is your eye," the saying of,
iii, 44, 45.
BLACK USED IN MOURNING AT FU-
NERALS, ii, 281.
Black puddings, i, 400.
Monday, i, 454.
Jack, ii, 337.
lad, shooting the, ii, 441.
witches, iii, 3.
Blacks of the eyes, iii, 44-5.
BLADE-BONE, divination by the, iii,
and key, divination by the, Bleeding at the nose, iii, 229.
iii, 299, 353-4.
Blaise or Blaze, St., i, 360-5.
Blandy, Miss, dying declaration of,
Minshew refers Hoc-tide
to, i, 190.
of murdered persons at the
presence of the murderer,
charm for, iii, 311.
Blenheim House, representation of
a cock at, i, 78.
Blessing fire, i, 306.
witch, the, iii, 4.
Blind-boc, ii, 397.
harie, ii, 397.
kuhe, ii, 397.
BLINDMAN'S BUFF, ii, 397.
Blocksberg, May customs
mountain of, i, 228.
Blood, drawing of, from witches, iii,
"Blood without groats," proverb of, | BORROWED, or BORROWINg Days,
Bloody-bones, ii, 516.
Bloody Gardener, old ballad of the,
|Boscobel, Dr. Stukeley's account of
the Royal Oak at, i, 275.
Botanomancy, iii, 307.
Bough, green, of a tree, fastened
against houses by the Irish on May
Day, i, 227.
Boughs, hallowed on Midsummer
Day, hung at the stall door where
cattle stand, to prevent witches,