Merry-tree, w. The wild cherry tree.
Milk-maids, w. Birds-foot trefoil. Lotus corniculatus.
Sheep-leaze. The right of turning out one sheep to feed on a common.
The following words (kindly sent to me by Frederick E. Sawyer, Esq., of Brighton), are from the Brighton " Costumal," 1580; i.e., a book of certain customs, chiefly relating to fishing, which received Royal confirmation at that date:—
Cocks. [Kog, Kogge, Danish.] Small boats, from two to six tons burden, used in the herring fishery. Their period of fishing was called cock-fare, and their nets cock-heaks.
Fare. [An old English word, probably connected with the German fahren, and Dutch vaer.] A period during which certain kinds of fishing took place; as shotnet-fare, tuck-net-fare, cock-fare, &c.
Flew. [Flouw, Vlouw, Dutch.] A kind of fishing-net. (A flew-net, on land, is a net hung on poles fOr catching woodcocks.)
Flewers. Boats of ei£ht to twenty tons burden, used in herring fishery. (Probably boats used with the flew-nets.)
Heak. Another name for the flew.
Erredge (History of Brighton) says that in Yorkshire the nets used for fishing in the river Ouse are still called heaks.
Mox. [Ang. Sax., max; Dutch, masche.] The mesh of a net. (Called at Hastings a moak.)
Norward. A peculiar kind of net.
Rann. A division of a net. Nets are ordered to be "in deepness two ranns, every rann fifty moxes deep."
Shotters. Boats of six to twenty-six ton burden, used in the mackerel fishery.
Tacheners. Youngmenemployedinthefishingboats. (Possibly so called from being taken to learn the trade.)
Tuckers. Small boats of about three tons burden, used in fishing for plaice.