Mudcat Café message #2131346 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #104180   Message #2131346
Posted By: s&r
22-Aug-07 - 02:49 PM
Thread Name: Yellow Clay
Subject: RE: Yellow Clay
No Dave - my assumption was that it was a fishing song. It was the coincidence of being in a museum at Castlecomer and learning about Yellow Clay and making balls that intrigued me.

"CANDYMAN. A bum bailiff. The man who serves notice of ejectment. The word is almost always used as a term of abuse or contempt. The reason for this is the way these men were regularly used during mining strikes. Pitmen lived in "tied" houses and if they went on strike the coal owners usually evicted them. To do so many bailiffs were needed. They were recruited from the scum of the towns and many street vendors were among those so employed. Some of the street traders sold sticks of candy, their street cry being Dandy-candy, three sticks a penny. So all bum bailiffs were contemptuously described as candymen."

That's the quote I linked, but I'm grateful for the extra info. I have no wish to attribute anything for its own sake
and I love Cushie Butterfield wherever it's from.

The beauty of mudcat to me is that you can share half-formed ideas.

gives some of the story that we acquired in Castlecomer. It might be worth a look.