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Page 69 - The 8omer- custom in that and in the neighbouring counties to set wakes, hold feasts under the name of wakes on the day of the saint to whom the parish church was dedicated. In the sixteenth century these wakes were, for the most part, transferred to the preceding or the following Sunday. Such convivial gatherings always afford a temptation to coarse and unrefined natures, and the wakes not unfreqcntly ended in drunkenness and in the indulgence of the lower passions.