(lamb's mass; or Old English, hlaf, loaf; maesse, Mass)
Name applied at present to 1 August, one of the four term days on which, according to Scottish law, contracts are dated, houses rented, etc.
The name has two origins:
- it commemorates the Lamb Mass celebrated at the Cathedral of Saint Peter in Vinculis, York, 1 August, to which the feudatories each brought a lamb;
- it refers to the custom of depositing a loaf made from the first harvest of wheat at the church, 1 August.
New Catholic Dictionary