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Who wrote "The Exmoor scolding and courtship"?

Trans. Devon Assoc., vol 20 (1888), pp. 400-409.


T.N. Brushfield

Prepared by Michael Steer

The paper, read at the Association's 1888 Exeter meeting is an exploration of the origins of a celebrated article on North Devon dialect, apparently written by the Rev Joshua Hole, Vicar of South Molton (1695-1746), which appeared in the Gentleman's Magazine in 1746, although it had already appeared in 1727, and thenceforward in a number of editions up to 1839. It has been described variously as (a) one of the most important works on dialect in the English language, and (b) as of little literary merit, consisting mostly of strings of abuse in local dialect. Google with the Archive Organization has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. The Internet Archive makes available, in its Community Texts Collection (originally known as Open Source Books), books that have been digitised by Google from a number of libraries. These are books on which copyright has expired, and are available free for educational and research use. This rare book was produced from a copy held by the Princeton University Library, and is available from the Internet Archive.


Allnutt, Mr W H 406
Bazeley, Rev F L 403
Bailey, Mr 403
Bowring, Benjamin 401, 405, 408-9
Bowring, John 401
Bowring, Sir John 401, 405, 408-9
Brice, Andrew 400-9
Brice, Sarah 406
Brice, Thomas 406, 408
Chapple, Mr William 401
Downman, Dr 405
Elworthy, Mr F T 400-1, 403-5, 407
Gomme, G L 403
Hole, Rev J 404
Hole, Rev Richard 404-5
Hole, Rev William BD 401-2, 404
Huxtable, J 406
Lock, Peter 401, 403-4, 409
Madden, Sir F 401
McKenzie, J 406
Merrivale, Mr 402
Oxon, H 401
Penny, T 406
Polwhele, R 405
Prince, Rev John 402
Risdon, Tristram 401
Skeat, Professor 400, 408
Smith, J R 406
Squance, W 406
Thorn, B 401
Wood, W 406