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Mayor of the Bull-ring (Old Dublin)

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This official and his sheriffs were elected on May-day and St. Peter’s Eve “to be captaine and gardian of the batchelers and the unwedded youth of the civitie.” For the year the Mayor of the Bull-ring had authority to punish those who frequented brotheis and houses of ill-fame. He was termed Mayor of the Bull-ring from an iron ring in the Corn Market, to which bulls for bull-baiting were tied, and if any bachelor happened to marry he was conducted by the Mayor and his followers to the market-place to kiss the bull-ring.

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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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May-pole (London)
Mayeux
“Mayflower” (The)
Mayonnaise
Mayor
Mayor of Garratt
Mayor of the Bull-ring (Old Dublin)
Mayors of the Palace (Maire du Palais)
Mazarinades
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Mazeppa (Jan)
Mazer
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Mazzini-ism
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Meal-tub Plot
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