Lammas Day

(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:
  1. 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;
  2. it refers to the custom of depositing a loaf made from the first harvest of wheat at the church, 1 August.
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