[Loch-Ruadh] Word of the Day, Feb. 27

Sonja Crocker lady_cait at lycos.com
Wed Feb 27 08:23:59 PST 2002


A worker in tinned iron.  A finisher or polisher of iron-work, as distinguished from a for-man [or blacksmith].
-- T. Ellwood Zell's Popular Encyclopedia, 1871

Feast Day of St. Baldomer, a patron of blacksmiths.  A 1683 story, "Dr. Lilly's Last Legacy," presented this "remedy for those bewitched":  "Take two horseshoes, heat them red hot, and nail one on the threshold of the door, but quench the other in the urine of the party bewitched; then set the urine over the fire in a pot or pipkin and put the horseshoe into it.  Make the urine boil, with a little salt put into it, and three horseshoe nails, until it is almost all consumed; what is not boiled away, toss into the fire.  Keep then your horseshoes and nails in a clean paper or cloth, and use the same manner three times.  It will be more effectual if done at the change or full of the moon."

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