Merry-Andrew


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Merry-Andrew

Andrew Borde, Henry VIII’s> physician. [Br. Hist.: Wheeler, 241]
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"Whether or no, brother, it is naturally painful to me and my brother Solomon to hear your name made free with, and your complaint being such as may carry you off sudden, and people who are no more Featherstones than the Merry-Andrew at the fair, openly reckoning on your property coming to them .
The fairs of the 18th and 19th centuries would include travelling acting troupes, 'merry-Andrews' (stand-up comedians and satirists whose scabrous comments aimed at the authorities of the day often led to them being dragged from the stage by the constabulary), hocus pocus men, puppet shows, large menageries featuring elephants, lions, bears and camels, high wire acts, dance troupes, contortionists and jugglers.