|Wassailing the apple tree in our garden on old Twelfth- night - if you wish to use this photo please attribute this blog.|
"Axwaddle = A dealer in ashes, and, sometimes, one that rolls in them.
Baggaged or Bygaged = Mad, bewitch'd
Dowl = The Devil
Gallibagger = a bug-bear [Not sure if this is the mythical sort or simply an anxiety or iritation. In Dorset and the Isle-of-White a Gallybagger is a scarecrow.]
Huckmuck = A little tiny fellow [Thick, stubbed]
Leech-way = Path on which the dead are carried to be buried
Pixy = A fairy
Wassail = A drinking song on twelth-day-eve, throwing toast to the apple-trees in order to have a fruitful year; which seems to be a relick of a heathen sacrifice to Pomona // // Wassail, or Was-Heil - to wish health, see Observat on Macbeth pg.41.
Whitwich = A pretend conjurer who discovers, and sells charms for witchcraft."
The Gentleman's Magazine 1746 Vol. 16 Aug Page 405