E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
November 17th, the day of the aecession of Queen Elizabeth. first publicly celebrated in 1570, and still kept as a holiday at the Exchequer, as it was at Westminster school.
Nov. 17 at Merchant Taylors school is a holiday also, now called Sir Thomas Whites Founders Day.
A rumour is spread in the court, and hath come to the eares of some of the most honourable counsell, how that I on the Queens day last past did forbidd in our college an oration to bee made in praise of Her Majestys government, etc.Dr. Whittaker to Lord Burghley (May 14th, 1590).