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Doncaster

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Sigebert, monk of Gemblours, in 1100, derived this word from Thong-ceaster, the “Castle of the thong,” and says that Hengist and Horsa purchased of the British king as much land as he could encompass with a leather thong. The thong was cut into strips, and encompassed the land occupied by the city of Doncaster.

This is the old tale of Dido and the hide, and so is the Russian Yakutsks. (See Bursa.)

⁂ Of course it means the “City on the river Don.” (Celtic, Don, that which spreads.)

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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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Dominoes
Domisellus
Don
Don
Don Giovanni
Don Juan
Don Quixote
Donation of Pepin (The)
Donatists
Doncaster
Dondasch
Done Brown
Done For
Done Up
Donegild
Donkey
Donkey Engine (A)
Dony
Donzel (Italian)
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