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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
 
Uncumber (St.),
 
formerly called St. Wylgeforte. “Women changed her name” (says Sir Thomas More) “because they reken that for a pecke of otys she will not faile to uncumber them of their husbondys.” The tradition says that the saint was very beautiful, but, wishing to lead a single life, prayed that she might have a beard, after which she was no more cumbered with lovers. “For a peck of oats,” says Sir Thomas More, “she would provide a horse for an evil housebonde to ride to the Devill upon.”   1
        “If a wife were weary of a husband, she offered oats at Poules … to St. Uncumber.”—Michael Woode (1554).
 


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