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 Barthol’omew (St.).Barthram’s Dirge (in Sir Walter Scott’s Border Minstrelsy). 
E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Bartholomew Fair.
Held in West Smithfield (1133–1855) on St. Bartholomew’s Day.   1
   A Bartholomew doll. A tawdry, overdressed woman; like a flashy, bespangled doll offered for sale at Bartholomew Fair.   2
   A Bartholomew pig. A very fat person. At Bartholomew Fair one of the chief attractions used to be a pig, roasted whole, and sold piping hot. Falstaff calls himself,   3
        “A little tidy Bartholomew boar-pig.”—2 Henry IV. ii. 4.

 Barthol’omew (St.).Barthram’s Dirge (in Sir Walter Scott’s Border Minstrelsy). 


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