Glorious Twelfth


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Glorious Twelfth

August 12
August 12 is the legal opening of grouse season in Scotland. If the 12th falls on a Sunday, Grouse Day is the following day. Because grouse-shooting has always played such a central role in the life of Scottish gentlemen, the occasion is referred to as the Glorious Twelfth and is observed as a social event by Scots around the world.
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DictDay-1988, pp. 48, 51, 103
OxYear-1999, p. 330
Holidays, Festivals, and Celebrations of the World Dictionary, Fourth Edition. © 2010 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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The Glorious Twelfth, of course, marks the opening of the grouse-shooting season.
As the "Glorious Twelfth" -- the start of the annual grouse-shooting season -- began yesterday, Who Owns England is publishing a map of the owners of about 100 grouse moor estates in England.
This is the famous Glorious Twelfth, marking the start of the grouse shooting season and probably the busiest day in the British game shooting calendar, so if you do make sure you know exactly where you're going.
Well, this is when I can rebuke them in one, for nowhere else is there such a time of the year as the Glorious Twelfth in the culinary calendar.
Tycoon Mohamed Al Fayed played a big part in personally ensuring Harrods store's 'Glorious Twelfth' game display was the freshest in the UK - thanks to a bang on target performance by Atherstone-based express delivery giant TNT.
In my family's lore from the Atlantic provinces, the Catholics there wanted to assimilate too, but that did not stop my grandfather from marching on a particular "glorious twelfth" under an Orange banner and a pistol tucked into his Masonic apron.
With Shakespeare, Starlets, Dorking, Trentmen and Essex among the contestants, it will surely be a "Glorious Twelfth" at this highly prolific venue.
Monday marked the Glorious Twelfth, as it is known by game hunting enthusiasts.
The season can start on any day of the week but never on a Sunday and, no matter what day it starts, it is famously known as the 'Glorious Twelfth.'.
In all the deserved coverage condemning big-game hunters, let's not forget the Glorious Twelfth when our gentry, including members of the Royal Family, gather to blast game birds, bred for this purpose, with their shotguns.
ON the same tack, somebody has slipped this kill-Boris message on to the Guardian website: "Does the season for shooting malicious egotists begin before or after the Glorious Twelfth? He has to be taken out." So is that innocent humour - or incitement to murder?