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  • Hawthorne's list of New England wigs was shorter: "The tie, the brigadier, the spencer, the albemarle, the major, the ramillies, the grave full-bottom, and the giddy feather-top."

    Customs and Fashions in Old New England


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  • famous for its bloody field, immortalized in the song "Clare's Dragoons":

    When, on Ramillies' bloody field,

    The baffled French were forced to yield,

    The victor Saxon backward reeled

    Before the charge of Clare's Dragoons.

    The flags we conquered in that fray,

    Look lone in Ypres' choir, they say,

    We'll win them company today,

    Or bravely die like Clare's Dragoons.

    Viva la, for Ireland's wrong!

    Viva la, for Ireland's right!

    Viva la, in battle throng,

    For a Spanish steed and sabre bright!

    March 28, 2008