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Thread #171844   Message #4157514
Posted By: Steve Gardham
13-Nov-22 - 01:08 PM
Thread Name: Barbara Allen - Martinmas
Subject: RE: Barbara Allen - Martinmas
>>>>The 16 st version was the one reprinted by other printers in the 17th century<<<< Sorry, that should say '18th century'.

'Martinmas time' means generally 'autumn' but more specifically throughout Britain until about WWII was the day for hiring fairs when rural workers and servants were hired for a year at a time, lasting from Martinmas to Martinmas. In some places it was the only holiday they had
and in some places an actual fair was held.