or Holy Thursday. The day set apart by the Catholic and
Anglican Church to commemorate the ascent of our Lord from earth to
Formerly it was customary to beat the bounds of each
respective parish on this day, and many practical jokes were played
even during the first quarter of the nineteenth century, to make the
boys remember the delimitations: such as “bumping them,” pouring water
clandestinely on them from house windows, beating them with thin rods,
etc. Beating the bounds was called in Scotland Riding the marches
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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