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by Merlon.
Sun Sep 07, 2008 5:26 pm
Forum: 1900 onwards
Topic: 16 FU RAF?
Replies: 1
Views: 1037

F stands for Ferry
No 16 Ferry Unit was formed by the merger of No 11 Ferry Unit and No 3 Aircraft Preparation Unit. The task for No 16 FU was to prepare various types of aircraft for overseas services.
by Merlon.
Sun Sep 07, 2008 12:14 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Football.
Replies: 17
Views: 3351

Edward III banned it in England in 1363......
by Merlon.
Mon Jul 28, 2008 7:53 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Flags?
Replies: 5
Views: 2183

Normal emblems on ECW Infantry colours are diamonds, vertical rectangles, balls, stars and crescents. Apart from some of the royal standards which have elements of royal insignature there is only one definate use of personal heraldry on a Infantry colour. The vast majority of examples of personal he...
by Merlon.
Sat Jul 26, 2008 8:50 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: ECW Flags?
Replies: 5
Views: 2183

Sorry to say that none of the ensigns for the Cornish royalist foot regiments (including Slannings) are known at all. The ensign mentioned for Slannings is a Majors Colour for a Blue regiment, but there is no evidence that Slannings had blue colours. There is also no truth in the often held belief t...
by Merlon.
Tue Jul 22, 2008 7:46 pm
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Kelmarsh pics+vid
Replies: 64
Views: 9163

Now now Steve don't get upset, if you squint, you can just see your face in picture 18......
by Merlon.
Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:08 pm
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Tudor hens
Replies: 7
Views: 3160

It might be worth tracking down a copy of Pigs, Goats and Poultry 1580-1660 (English Agriculture 1580-1660 First Series) (Paperback) By Stuart Peachy ISBN 1858040663 It might have some pointers. I do know that Dorkings is supposed to be an old breed, possibly going back to Roman times. Failing that ...
by Merlon.
Fri Jun 20, 2008 9:10 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Legal terminology query - 15thc
Replies: 6
Views: 915

In the OED once you get past the definitions of "arrest" which we understand from the modern viewpoint there are the following:-

12. transf. To seize (property) by legal warrant
13. fig. To take as security.

As to what form the process took I have no idea
by Merlon.
Thu Jun 19, 2008 9:00 am
Forum: 1485-1603
Topic: Fiach McHugh O'Byrne
Replies: 4
Views: 1938

There is a wikipedia article on Fiach McHugh O'Byrne at
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fiach_McHugh_O'Byrne
Is this the correct person?
by Merlon.
Thu Jun 19, 2008 8:21 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Nettlecloth in Scotland
Replies: 13
Views: 2302

Have just checked through JSTOR there are a couple of references to nettle cloth but nothing specific to Scotland. Would there be any refs in Spufford's books? The OED definition of Scotch cloth has no references after 1738 which ties in with your thoughts on it dying out in the 18th century. The de...
by Merlon.
Wed Jun 04, 2008 9:05 am
Forum: Food and Drink
Topic: Picnics
Replies: 16
Views: 3188

The OED gives the following early dating evidence for picnic. 1748 LD. CHESTERFIELD Let. 29 Oct. (1932) (modernized text) IV. 1255, I like the description of your pic-nic [in Germany; 1774 Pic-nic], where I take it for granted that your cards are only to break the formality of a circle. c1800 E. C. ...
by Merlon.
Tue Jun 03, 2008 8:14 pm
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: violin/fiddle
Replies: 18
Views: 5697

OED defines them as follows Violin a. A musical instrument in common use, having four strings tuned in fifths and played with a bow; a fiddle. In general structure the violin is composed of a resonant box of elaborately curved outline, and a neck or handle from the end of which the strings are stret...
by Merlon.
Thu May 29, 2008 8:16 am
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Anthony Woodville, Lord rivers.
Replies: 4
Views: 841

by Merlon.
Wed May 28, 2008 3:57 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Slingsby's shirt (17thC)
Replies: 4
Views: 1209

Between about late 15th to late 18th century there was little or no change in the basic structure of mens shirts.
Whilst there can be a major differences between external clothing of 1640s and late 1650s. Changes in linen are glacial
by Merlon.
Wed May 28, 2008 1:13 pm
Forum: Book, Film, TV & Music Reviews
Topic: Anthony Woodville, Lord rivers.
Replies: 4
Views: 841

The Oxford DNB has an article on him Anthony Woodville (c.1440–1483): http://www.oxforddnb.com/view/article/29937 If you have a computerised library ticket you should be able to access the DNB see http://www.oup.com/oxforddnb/info/freeodnb/libraries/ Failing that you could try and track down:- The K...
by Merlon.
Tue May 27, 2008 6:17 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Leather for Buff Coat
Replies: 22
Views: 4876

How do you know?
My Beaby buffcoat has sleeves 10mm thick and is perfectly capable of riding a horse and being used in combat
by Merlon.
Tue May 27, 2008 5:49 pm
Forum: Costumes
Topic: Leather for Buff Coat
Replies: 22
Views: 4876

You could always try Claytons Tanneries for proper buff
http://www.claytonleather.com/

Depending if its the right size for you
http://livinghistory.co.uk/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3665&highlight=buff+coat
by Merlon.
Tue May 27, 2008 2:10 pm
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Woodcuts of Scotsmen?
Replies: 11
Views: 2420

Quote came from one of Stuart Reids books. Nigel Walton also is familiar with it so if you PM him he should be able to fill you in on some of the details. He used to talk about when doing his research on Marston Moor and Northern infantry.
by Merlon.
Tue May 27, 2008 11:15 am
Forum: Music and Instruments
Topic: public music license
Replies: 3
Views: 1965

A moderator will be along shortly to move this to the right place in due course. Yes you do need a licence to play music in a public place. Start by reading http://www.ppluk.com/ppl/ppl_lf.nsf/PDFs/$file/PPLinfoSheet5playingMusicInPublic.pdf Think the only concession is if you you wrote and played a...
by Merlon.
Tue May 27, 2008 10:56 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Woodcuts of Scotsmen?
Replies: 11
Views: 2420

Woodcuts on Ballard sheets can not be gauranteed to be accurate representations. I have 1670 and 1680 drill books which show soldiers wearing 1620's clothing. The printers would use what ever stock image they have which they deemed appropriate. Woodcuts were contested in court cases when a deceased ...
by Merlon.
Tue May 27, 2008 8:36 am
Forum: Costumes
Topic: 17th Century Tailor's bills
Replies: 4
Views: 658

by Merlon.
Tue May 20, 2008 1:31 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Medieval Towels?
Replies: 19
Views: 5503

There is a particular type of linen "Diaper" which is used for towels and napkins
by Merlon.
Wed May 14, 2008 7:23 am
Forum: Pictures
Topic: Cosmeston May 5th 2008
Replies: 14
Views: 3333

Pictures are visible if you click on the word "here" in the original post
by Merlon.
Tue May 13, 2008 9:43 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: Spanish and portuguese uniforms and organisationof the 1660s
Replies: 3
Views: 1793

It would be difficult to get uniform details for the Spanish in the 1660s as the first uniform regulations for the Spanish were not issued till the early 1670s.
Unfortunately the Portugese army museum site seems rather out of date. the event calender covers april 1999!
by Merlon.
Tue May 06, 2008 8:32 pm
Forum: Traders Discussion
Topic: Kelmarsh 2007-who was selling hose/stockings?
Replies: 6
Views: 1685

Quartermasterie?
by Merlon.
Sun May 04, 2008 11:29 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Clergy
Replies: 28
Views: 2802

ISBN-10: 0859760782
Publisher: John Donald Publishers Ltd (5 Feb 1982)

Probably best to try for via inter library loan, Amazon show it at £180!!
by Merlon.
Wed Apr 30, 2008 7:44 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 17th Century civilian hats
Replies: 4
Views: 2266

Probably get shot down by costume people.
Coif, day cap, night cap basically is a multi panel skull cap with a band around the edge some times embroidered sometimes not.
The OED gives a optional defintion for night cap of "a lawyer's white coif or skullcap"
by Merlon.
Tue Apr 29, 2008 8:44 am
Forum: 1603-1715
Topic: 17th Century civilian hats
Replies: 4
Views: 2266

Randle Holme's Academy of Armory does not show a specific scriveners hat. I would have thought the type of hat would be dependant on:- His location in the country, Status of the scrivener, His age The amount of disposable income the character would have. There would be a world of between an up and c...
by Merlon.
Thu Apr 24, 2008 2:22 pm
Forum: 1100-1500
Topic: Nails
Replies: 23
Views: 2879

Would it be worth contacting the conservation staff at the V&A in London?

They propbably get the most exposure to artifacts which would contain nails of the type in question

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