Gules of August

(The). The 1st of August (from Latin, gula, the throat), the entrance into, or first day of that month. (Wharton: Law Lexicon, p. 332.)

August 1 is Lammas Day, a quarter-day in Scotland, and half-quarter-day in England.

“`Gula Augusti' initium mensis Augusti. Le Gule d'August, in statuo Edw. III., a. 31 c. 14, averagium æstivale fleri debet inter Hokedai et gulam Augusti.” —Ducange: Glossarium Manuale, vol. iii. p. 866.

(“Hokeday est dies Martis, qui quindenam Paschœ expletam proxime excipit.”—Vol. iv. p. 65 col. 1.)

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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