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Calvesʹ Head Club


Instituted in ridicule of Charles I. The great annual banquet was held on the 30th January, and consisted of a cod’s head, to represent the person of Charles Stuart, independent of his kingly office; a pike with little ones in its mouth, an emblem of tyranny; a boar’s head with an apple in its mouth to represent the king preying on his subjects; and calvesʹ heads dressed in sundry ways to represent Charles in his regal capacity. After the banquet, the king’s book (Icon Basilʹikë) was burnt, and the parting cup was, “To those worthy patriots who killed the tyrant.”

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Entry taken from Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, edited by the Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. and revised in 1895.

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Calumet [the peace - pipe]
Calvary [bare skull], Golgotha [skull]
Calvary Clover
Calvary Cross (A)
Calvert’s Entire
Calves gone to Grass (His)
Calves Head
Calves Head Club
Calyp so
Calypso’s Isle
Cam and Isis
Camal dolites
Camaralzaman (Prince)
Camarilla (Spanish)