The Traditional Children's Games of England Scotland
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SHINNEY
joining hands with the chasers until all are caught.—Liverpool (Mr. C. C. Bell.) See " Stag," " Warney."
Shinney, or Shinty, or Shinnops
A writer in Blackwood's Magazine, August 1821, p. 36, says : The boys attempt to drive with curved sticks a ball, or what is more common, part of the vertebral bone of a sheep, in opposite directions. When the object driven along reaches the appointed place in either termination, the cry of hail! stops the play till it is knocked off anew by the boy who was so fortunate as to drive it past the gog. In the Sheffield district it is played as described by H alii well. During the game the boys call out, " Hun you, shin you." It is called Shinny in Derbyshire.—Addy's Sheffield Glossary. Halliwell's descrip­tion does not materially differ from the account given above except that when the knur is down over the line it is called a "byz."—(Dictionary). In Notes and Queries, 8th series, viii. 446; ix. 115 et sea, the game is described as played in Lincoln­shire under the name of " Cabsow," which perhaps accounts for the Barnes game of Crab-sowl.
In Perthshire it is described as a game in which bats some­what resembling a golf club are used. At every fair or meet­ing of the country people there were contests at racing, wrestling, putting the stone, &c, and on holidays all the males of a district, young and old, met to play at football, but oftener at shinty.—Perthshire Statistical Account, v. 72; Jamieson's description is the same.
Mactaggart's Gallovidian Encyclopaedia says: A game de­scribed by Scotch writers by the name of Shintie; the shins, or under parts of the legs, are in danger during the game of being struck, hence the name from shin.—Dickinson, Cumber­land Glossary, mentions Shinny as a boyish game, also called Scabskew, catty; it is also the name of the crook-ended stick used in the game. Patterson, Antrim and Down Glossary, under name Shinney, says, This game is played with shinneys, i.e., hooked sticks, and a ball or small block of wood called the " Golley," or " Nag."
In London this game is called Hockey. It seems to be the same which is designed Not in Gloucestershire; the name







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